I dedicate these works to the people of Qatar, and to those who lived here or traveled through… individuals and families, Arabs and non-Arabs… Those who left their traces on the house walls transforming doors and walls into a register for their feelings and emotions… Their graffiti and attempts to restore and decorate them were mixed with nature’s elements such as rains and winds and they became artistic murals and sculptures throbbing with people’s ghosts and the place’s spirit.

In these works, I re-discover these ghosts and that presence as the Greek poet Yannis Ritsos put it in “The Meaning of Simplicity”:

I hide behind simple things so you’ll find me;

If you don’t find me, you’ll find the things,

You’ll touch what my hand has touched

Our hand-prints will merge.

Ali Hassan


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