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Christmas exhibition in Muscat shows how ‘silence speaks’

4 Dec 2021 silence speaks

In this world of distraction, silence is an opportunity to disconnect ourselves from all stress and anxiety, says Matti Sirvio, proprietor of Matti Sirvio Art Galleria. Silence speaks, he asserts.

Hubert Vaz

Amid the din of spirited chit-chat over coffee and bites at the string of cafes at Jawharat al Shatti, a ‘silent explosion’ ushered in a mood of good tidings for the weeks and months ahead – just one level above the evening revelry by the seafront last evening.
If anything seemed to have its own voice, it was the chill breeze blowing in from the Arabian Sea which made every sip of hot coffee meaningful. And through varied canvases adorning the walls of this cosy art gallery, tucked into the bosom of this shopping arcade, a message was sounded, loud and clear – Silence speaks!
“In this world of distraction, silence is an opportunity to disconnect ourselves from all stress and anxiety. Our Christmas exhibition is called ‘Silent Night’ according to one of the most famous Christmas carols of all time,” says Matti Sirvio, proprietor of Matti Sirvio Art Galleria, who curated this annual exhibition to bring in some cheer and mark the retreat of a year of upheaval going by.
Around 21 artists have explored the theme of ‘silence’ in their own unique manner with their exclusive works on paper created for this exhibition. The brief given to participating artists was to focus on non-figurative abstract art so as to bring out the theme of silence with great distinction.
“Sometimes silence speaks louder than words,” said Matti, explaining, “By the means of abstract art, artists have the power to bring the invisible world into your attention. Let silence speak.”
The exhibition was inaugurated under the auspices of H E Christian Brunmayr, Ambassdor of Austria in Oman, last evening, heralding the Christmas mood, not just in the gallery, but also in this popular hangout which is frequented everyday by people from countries around the world who spend chirpy mornings and long-evenings unwinding in the host of cafes by the seafront.
The participating artists, whose work adorn the walls of the gallery for four weeks between december 4 and 30, include Clive Gracey, Bernadett, Rimna Rasheed, Elizabeth Davis, Shalini Gupta, Bettina Steiger, Julia Davies Alma De Ville, Salamah Abideen, Rasha sud, Osheen Vijin, Rasheed, Shashikumar, Neethu Francis, Safa Sheikh, Luica Oliva, Humaid Al Aufi, Kholoud Sabbak, Majid al Amri and Tarini Agarwal, besides Matti.

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