Students take part in exhibition organised to pay tributes to Founding Father of Nation
The Pakistan Youth Forum recently marked the Year of Zayed with an exhibition of photography and paintings put up by university students.
The aim of the event was to explore the young artists’ creativity and skill while portraying their passion for their second home, the UAE, and its founding father the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. “Our communities sometimes tend to leave the arts behind. It is very important to hold events like these to promote and take art with us wherever we go,” said Umar Munir, chairperson of Pakistan Youth Forum-Pakistan Association Dubai (PYF-PAD).
The event was inaugurated by Obaid Saif Al Falasi, vice-president, connection services at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa); Attique Saif Al Falasi and Dr Faisal Ikram, president of Pakistan Association Dubai.
The Pakistan Youth Forum is a wing of Pakistan Association Dubai which works closely with the schools in the UAE and is a hub for young minds to network together.
“It is heartening to see such splendid pieces of art that the young artists have produced. It clearly shows the creativity and talent among the Pakistani youth. Their brush strokes for the Year of Zayed speak volumes of their love for the UAE,” said Dr Faisal Ikram.
Over 200 students and community members visited the exhibition, extended support and encouragement to the budding artists. The artists used photography and painting as a means of expressing their thoughts and emotions while paying homage to the great leader and his legacy while also getting the exhibition experience.
The competition saw participants from schools and universities across the UAE, with the paintings of around 20 young artists divided in two age categories. In the photography section, there was no age limit.
The overall theme was Sheikh Zayed and the culture of the UAE and included paintings of Sheikh Zayed, and those showing the progress the country has made through the vision and legacy of the great ruler.
Fahad Bhatti, a Dubai-based Pakistani photographer, and Saba Qizilbash, Pakistani artist and art educator at the American University of Dubai, were the judges.
While the winners and runners up of the painting competition received trophies and certificates, university student Jahanzeb Rehman received a wooden portfolio as his winning prize for photography competition.
“I’m sure the winners, runners up and other participants all felt supported and encouraged to continue in making their mark especially as young Pakistani expat artists in UAE,” Saba said.
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