This painting is called “My Harem in Heaven” by local Artist Dr. Shurooq Amin.
Yesterday was the opening of her new art show “It’s a Man’s World” in Salhiya Complex. But sadly, that show was suddenly shut down by authorities.
Someone complained that Shurooq’s art show was pornographic and insulting to the general taste and decorum. The fact that Dr. Shurooq is a respected professor at prestigious Kuwait University made no difference whatsoever against the complaint.
Surooq’s view of art was beyond what authorities view as acceptable. They even threatened to fine her and the gallery owner for showing ‘Mu5ela’ pieces.
The shutdown of Shurooq’s show last night together with today’s proposed 7eshma law is just disgusting.
I’m tired, as a lot of people are, of others dictating what’s socially acceptable. They are not better than us. They are not smarter than us. They are not more Kuwaiti than us. They are not even more respectable people than us.
Kuwait is for all of us. As much as we tolerate their so-called-religious-moralistic beliefs, they’ve got to respect our more tempered and civilized views of what these are.
I’m a Kuwaiti, I’m a Muslim; but I still enjoy beautiful art like Shurooq’s, and beautiful sites like people wearing bathing suits and having fun on the beach. These people look so happy, comfortable, and relaxed; that they inspire tranquility, peace, and tolerance to us all.
I Am A Kuwaiti.
This Is My Country.
I Love Shrooq’s Art.
I Love People Wearing Bathing Suits On The Beach.
I Love People Hanging Out and Having Fun.
I Have The Right To Live In A Tolerant Society.
Like seriously, do you compreender what I’m saying?
This Is My Country!
Not Yours Alone.
If you don’t, then feel free to join all the other hypocrite dimwits we got in parliament and ministries council.
I have said this before.
It’s the fact that we have money is what’s making us act so carelessly about our country. We can afford to be hypocritical. We all fly out every chance we get. And for what: To do and enjoy the exact sort of thing we preach against here in our own country.
That’s why Kuwait was a lot more tolerant throughout old history. I hope we continue to be a rich country, but I also hope we can be tolerant again. A country who’s every segment feels free and comfortable in. We are tired from what a few force us to accept. We are a “Many”. We can win this.
This isn’t the time to be hypocritical at all. It’s the time of standing up for what we believe, of stating the obvious: Kuwait has lapsed decades into the past, just because of a few ugly loud voiced extremists.
So stop listening to them. It’s time to take action and stand for progress and development, stand for our historical traditions:
For What You Want Kuwait To Be!
Read what Al-Qabas had to say about the shutdown of Shurooq’s exhibition.