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Deepening Expression, Spreading Creativity

From works-in-progress to finished products, Manama’s Al-Riwaq Art Space is strengthening the region’s aesthetic mettle. On September 11, the first phase of the gallery’s latest offering will commence: a series of “pre-market training” design workshops led by internationally renowned designers and ranging from graphics to fashion. These will culminate in Market 338, a fair to promote the work of regional designers. For two weeks starting November 28, the creations from each workshop will be displayed, to encourage their young participants’ talents.

Market 338 will also showcase the abundant history of Bahrain and its artisan legacy, a history now nearly lost to Bahrain’s transition to modernity. As the country develops, Al-Riwaq continues working to advance aesthetics at the same pace. At the heart of community engagement since its establishment in 1998, the gallery is committed to developing conceptual art and collaboration through residencies, exhibitions, and support of public art.

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Jennifer MacKenzie

Poet, writer and teacher Jennifer MacKenzie grew up on Bloomcrest Dr. in Bloomfield Hills, MI, which inspired her to wonder about places with patterns other than floral. Following her education at Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, she followed a zig-zag course that included a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and a long sojourn in Syria in pursuit of the language of Muhammad al-Maghout and Moudthaffar al-Nawwab. While in Damascus she completed the books of poems "Distant City" and "My Not-My Soldier" (forthcoming from Fence Books) and edited the magazine Syria Today. Her poems and essays can be found in numerous journals including the Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Quarterly West, and Lungfull. She currently lives in New York.

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