Amani Althuwaini: Abolish 153
18 may 2015 by art:i:curate team
art:i:curate artist Amani Althuwaini participates in the group exhibition 'Abolish 153'.
The exhibition takes place at the Contemporary Art Platform (CAP), the most active non-profit institution for contemporary art in Kuwait, marking ten years since women obtained their political rights in Kuwait.
The exhibition will feature works in various media by local and regional artists to raise awareness and funding for the campaign, Abolish 153. This campaign is committed to abolishing article 153 of Kuwait's penal code that sanctifies the murder of female kin, and treats it as a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 3 years or 3000 rupees fine. Many Kuwaitis are not aware of the existence of this law, which is harmful to women and girls as it sanctifies their murder, and violates the constitution, Islamic Sharia and CEDAW, which Kuwait ratified in 1996.
The exhibition includes works by 15 artists. It features paintings by Kuwaiti artists Alaa Al-Haddad, Amani Althuwaini, Amira Behbehani, Ibrahim Alatiya, Khadija Al-Bahaweed, Mohammed Ramadan, Mohammed Sarkouh, Shaimaa Ashkanani, Suhaila Al-Najdi and Thuraya Al-Baqsami, as well as photography by Maryam Mesri and Nasser Al-Ghanim. Iranian artists Salar Ahmadian and Behnaz Ghasemi have contributed to this exhibition, along with Lebanese artist Katya Traboulsi. Their works highlight women and their role in society. Some works celebrate the family and womanhood. Some emphasize the importance of men women being equal members in society. Others focus on direct and indirect forms of gender violence, raising awareness to the legislation that encourages it.
Abolish 153, 2015.
Amani Althuwaini is a visual artist based in Kuwait. She holds a BA in Architecture from the College of Architecture at Kuwait University. She has exhibited in solo and group shows including 'Peace One Day exhibition', Contemporary Art Platform (Kuwait, 2014); 'Out of Kuwait exhibition', Edge of Arabia (London 2013); 'Peace One Day exhibition', Contemporary Art Platform (Kuwait 2012).