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Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Speaking a Universal Language

By Isabella E. Hughes

SULTAN SOOUD AL-QASSEMI in front of Khaled Hafez’s Divine Exodus, 2009, during Barjeel Art Foundation’s inaugural show,

“Peripheral Visions,” Sharjah, 2010. Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.

“It is important to highlight the diversity of both the artists and the conceptual frameworks of the artworks we display,” explains Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi when talking about the acquisitions made by his Sharjah-based nonprofit, the Barjeel Art Foundation (BAF). Founded in 2010, the foundation focuses on collecting and promoting modern and contemporary Arab art. In its first…

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