Seven works donated by Arab artists to be sold to benefit the World Food Programme, will be included in Christie’s sale on April 18th at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai. The group is expected to raise around $40,000 with works given by artists from the UAE, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria and Palestine.
Hala Khayat, specialist in Arab, Iranian and Turkish art at Christie’s, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to show our support for this excellent cause and to use our international reach to raise awareness of the World Food Programme’s efforts to alleviate hunger in the Middle East.”
Ashraf Hamouda, World Food Programme’s Head of Partnerships & Business Development for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region, said: “It is such a privilege to be able to enjoy the support, outreach and visibility of a platform like Christie’s. There is a natural bond between the love of art and the love of humanity and through this sale art becomes not only food for the soul but also food for the hungry. We are also immensely grateful to Omar Donia of Contemporary Practices Art Journal, without whom this group of works would not have been brought together.” The initiative for the sale was curated by Omar Donia as part of Contemporary Practices Art Journal’s mandate to support the WFP.