Sultan Gallery is pleased to present ‘Four Hands Can’t Clap’ an exhibition of hand-colored photographs by Kuwaiti artist Mohammed AlKouh. “Four Hands Can’t Clap” is born out of an investigation on the human desire of love.
Originally, AlKouh set out to Syrian refugee camps to document the triumph of romance in a war inflicted circumstance. However, what he discovered was a series of broken love stories very similar to ones we experience outside of conflict. Greed, betrayal, and adultery led to the heartbreak of stealthy men, who survived the war in Syria but have not survived the haunt of their beloved.
AlKouh works to capture the memory of happiness and hope in these men who are numbed by stories of conflict but touched by the memory of their loved one.
Four Hands Can’t Clap plays on the Arabic expression “One hand can’t clap”. Despite the war torn conditions of these portraits, there seems to exist a prevalence of common heartbreak stories. The human need for love is once again defeated by family values, social expectations, and economic motivations. If love were to conquer all, then perhaps we would not have reached this place to begin with.
About the Artist :
Born in 1984, Mohammed Al Kouh lives and works in Kuwait. AlKouh is a self-taught artist who has explored different aspects of art since childhood.
After graduating from Kuwait University with BA in Business Administration & Marketing, AlKouh took his passion to a new level. As a child he was captivated with the idea of “Stealing Souls and Keeping Them in Negatives” so he began to photograph everything he wished not to lose. Photography became his way to steal his favorite moments in life and keep them in his closet. Growing up he developed a great nostalgia to an era he never lived, an era where everything was romantic and beautiful. With the sensitive technique of hand coloring black and white photographs he traveled back to that time by creating staged realities that give a contrast between past and present.