What's Your Sanctuary? Aga Khan Museum invites art lovers to submit photos, videos for exhibition

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Jun 2020

The new cultural and global activity organised by the Aga Khan Museum in Canada aims to underline the spirit of human resilience

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Sanctuary exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum in Canada (Photo: courtesy of Aga Khan)

The Aga Khan Museum in Canada has announced preparations for a new cultural activity that will depend on wide participation of the global community.

According to information released by the museum, works submitted by art lovers responding to the question, "What is Your Sanctuary?" will have a chance of being included in a new exhibition planned by the museum.

The organisers hope to receive photography and short video (15 second or less) works that tell "many stories of hope and resilience," when the museum opens its doors to visitors later this spring or in the summer, the organisers clarified in a press release, adding that the art displayed will look into how people have found sanctuary during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Participants from Canada and Arab countries are required to submit their works by 17 June by visiting the Aga Khan Museum website.

Woven carpets from the exhibition "The Sanctuary" which opened on 21 March at Aga Khan Museum, Canada (Photo: courtesy of Aga Khan)

The chosen works will be added to the new interactive art show accompanying the most recent exhibition, "The Sanctuary”, which opened 21 March but had to be shut to visitors due to the pandemic.

The exhibition includes a collection of woven carpets designed by 36 prominent and contemporary international artists, including weavers from the Arab world.

"The main goal of What is Your Sanctuary? is to celebrate the human drive to innovate and communicate in the face of adversity. We as human beings have a wonderful ability to spread beauty in our lives and the lives of others while we face the difficult circumstances surrounding us," said Ulrike Al-Khamis, director of collections and public programmes at the Aga Khan Museum.

The museum's website clarifies that, "Your sanctuary doesn’t have to be a place. It could be an activity, a cherished memory, a work of art, your faith, or something else entirely. We also encourage you to submit a picture of yourself with a person who has given you sanctuary during this time. When snapping your picture, make sure to respect physical-distancing rules, so you and others stay safe!"

Check the Aga Khan Museum website for more details regarding submissions. 

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