Qatar Museums, Ashghal launch open call to mark 3rd anniversary of blockade

Qatar Museums, Ashghal launch open call to mark 3rd anniversary of blockade

By QLNews

On Friday, June 5, 2020, Qatar will mark the 3rd-anniversary of the blockade.

The ongoing illegal siege of Qatar that began in June 2017 saw Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, and Yemen close borders and cut all diplomatic ties with the country.

Over the three years, Qatar worked above and beyond to strengthen local capabilities across different areas.

Despite the blockade, the country soared to new heights of success be it in terms of its strengthened economy, increased food security, growing investment, and trade, among others.

As the country deals with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it has proven time and again that it can rise above any challenge with determination.

In line with the upcoming anniversary of the blockade, Qatar Museums (QM) and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) have invited members of the public to share images and videos highlighting their perspective of the blockade. All citizens and residents of Qatar are welcome to contribute.

QM curators will review the submissions from the public and the chosen entries will be displayed as part of live installations across the country on the evening of June 5.

The façade of the National Museum of Qatar and the arches at the 5/6 Interchange on the Lusail Expressway will light up with video and image submissions from the public.

For all individuals who would like to showcase their perspective about the blockade, QM encourages the entries are sent before June 1, 2020.

Works received after June 1 will be added to NMoQ’s growing digital archive.

In addition to images and videos, individuals can also submit audio and text materials. These will be added to NMoQ’s digital archive as well.

For those interested in watching the projections of public work on NMoQ and the arches of Interchange 5/6, these will be covered on QM’s and Ashghal’s social media channels.

How to apply:

To submit materials for the live installation and digital archive, participants must email their submission and full name to PaOpenCall@qm.org.qa. It is recommended that large files be shared using a WeTransfer or Dropbox link.

Scope of submissions:

- All submissions must be original works

- Short captions with submitted images and videos are recommended

- Audio, image, text, and video files can be submitted to be archived and be part of a digital exhibition. However, only selected images and video submissions will be displayed on the monument.

- Each person can submit as many images and videos to be displayed on the monument. There is also an unlimited amount of audio and text entries for the digital archive and exhibition.

- Anyone from and/or based in Qatar belonging to any nationality can submit entries.

- The opportunity is open to all ages.

Meanwhile, health authorities in the country continue to implement the highest level of monitoring, detection, and management procedures to deal with the virus, the public has been advised to follow certain measures to safeguard their health.

For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar, the public can contact a 24/7 hotline set up by the Ministry. The hotline number is 16000 and is toll-free.

Here's everything you need to know about the virus, including ways to protect yourself.

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