Training the Gaze
25 January - 28 March, 2020
Waleed R. Qaisi’s exhibition grew out of a collaboration with the distinguished writer and poet, and recent winner of the Sheikh Zayed Book Prize, Charbel Dagher. As an enduringly ardent reader of Arabic poetry, the artist produced twenty-three objects that were the fruit of translations from word to image. For each individual work, Qaisi adapted a poem from Dagher’s collection of works, entitled ‘I’raban li-Shakl, into a visual landscape of lines and colors extending across several planes of a three-dimensional object.
Waleed Qaisi was born in 1963 in Baghdad, Iraq. After his graduation, Qaisi was conscripted into the Iraqi military service. During this period, he participated in the local Iraqi art scene in solo and group exhibitions, and he won several awards. Having served in the Second Gulf War in 1990, Qaisi’s approach to art changed dramatically. He left Baghdad for Amman, Jordan, where he entered the industrial field of ceramics and established a factory. He also founded a ceramics studio for the Orfali Gallery and taught ceramics courses at this studio and at a private secondary school. He had several exhibitions in Amman in the 1990s where he showed works that were influenced by his experience of the war. In 2001, Qaisi moved to Qatar where he taught youths ceramics courses at an art center. He participated in numerous international group exhibitions in the USA, the UAE, Germany, Spain, France, China, Australia, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, Qatar, England, and he has had solo exhibitions in Qatar