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JEDARIART Truck Art in Doha
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This month, talented artists from India and Pakistan added splashes of colour to the city’s walls in celebration of truck art in both countries, reviving the cultural tradition of hand-painting trucks with elaborate patterns and calligraphy. In India and Pakistan, truck owners have commissioned artists to design hand-painted truck art for generations.
This year’s JEDARIART programme was organised in partnership with two exciting social projects, All India Permit and Phool Patti, who painted two truck art murals side-by-side outside Al Mansoura Metro Station.
Inspired by the patterns and styles of this traditional art form, the murals in Doha act as a visual expression of India and Pakistan’s unique art, cultures and heritage.
All India Permit is a social project dedicated to the revival, preservation and promotion of Indian truck art, which the founder Farid Bawa witnessed first hand through his grandfather’s transport business.
Phool Patti (which translates to Flower Petal in Urdu) is a social enterprise committed to promoting Pakistani Truck Art across Pakistan and around the world, promoting peace and cultural fusion.
Three local artists Amal Serhan, Abdulrahman Ahmadi, Maya Attia also painted murals on several walls at the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas.
In partnership with Ashghal, school students were invited to paint a mural of Qatari artist Maryam Al Madadi's 'Colour your World' painting. Other activities during this year’s JEDARIART programme include a public talk on truck art at the Fire Station on 19th October and the activation of a wall at the Wholesale Market street petrol station by Lee Baker, with the support of WOQOD.
The latest Jedariart edition was made possible thanks to collaborations with Phool Patti, All India Permit, Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, Ashghal, and WOQOD.
Participating artists include Ali Salman Anchan, Mumtaz Ahmad, Muhammad Amin from Phool Patti; Farid Bawa and Akhlaq Ahmad (Shabbu) from All India Permit; and locally based artists Amal Serhan, Abdulrahman Ahmadi, Maya Attia and Lee Baker.