Abstract artist Amira Ashkanani suggests that the nature of the Kuwaiti and Gulf society restricts women – hindering “the freedom they would have intended to have.” Ashkanani, an art teacher for the Ministry of Education, was speaking on the occasion of her soon-to-be-held second personal exhibition, “Human Gestures”, at the Kuwait Fine Arts Society exhibition hall on Sunday.
The freedom of women is incomplete, despite ‘her’ being the other half of society to the acknowledgment of all.” She said she felt that something stood in the path of her future progress, as a result of the opinion of a society, which, in no doubt has given women their full political rights, “but has not yet given her the freedom she wants.
The mother of three said that she was speaking boldly to innocently assert her link to her culture and love of her nation and people, and to distinguish the Kuwaiti character she is proud of. Amira has received various local and regional accolades, including the Sheikha Fotouh Al-Salman Al-Sabah Award at the 2008 Fine Arts Festival, Dr Soad Al-Sabah Award at the 2010 Kuwait Conference for Fine Arts in the Gulf and the Sheikha Salwa Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Award at the Fine Arts Creativity Festival in Febru
Her 31-works display clearly illustrate this natural link to local culture, depicted on the faces of the girls, flowers and traditional dress images in her paintings. The artist said she started painting at an early age, taking this to adulthood through the encouragement of her parents, relatives and husband, in addition to state institutions, local media and other fellow artists.
And speaking out to young budding artists, she urged the need for them to visit exhibitions, renew their ideas, and practice self-education through determination and most importantly “continuously drawing”. Agencies