An exhibition in Dubai will feature students of the Jakarta-based Moroccan calligraphy master Belaid Hamidi.
The event is a celebration of calligraphy, which is regarded as one of the fundamental elements of Islamic art.
Hosted by Central Park Towers, the exhibit showcases 85 artworks from 48 international calligraphers. A selection of original masterpieces in Arabic calligraphy by 12 of the world’s renowned masters will also be featured, alongside juried artworks from 36 rising calligraphers and students, comprising 12 nationalities, spanning the Far East to the West, and selected from over a hundred submissions.
Hamidi scripted the text of eight holy books of the Qur’an and is the first Moroccan calligrapher to script Al-Hilya Al-Sharifa in the Maghribi-Andalusian style since 1996. More than 20 of these works are in art museums and private collections in different countries.
Recipient of the King Mohammed VI Award for Moroccan Calligraphy in 2010, and the honor award from the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture in Istanbul 2014, Belaid Hamidi has is a well-respected teacher of his craft.
Hamidi’s students in the art show come from diverse backgrounds, including Indonesian (15), Thai (2), Singaporean (1) and Chinese (1).
Other participants in the exhibition include eight students from the Institute of Indo-Islamic Art & Culture in Bangalore – India as well as the UAE, KSA, Iran, Syria, Jordan, India and Pakistan.
Among the many visitors admiring the work in the exhibit is the Indonesian Consul-General, Ridwan Hassan, due to the rise of Indonesian calligraphers worldwide steadily gaining prominence in the art world.