On the evening of November 12th 2015, in the courtyard of the Al Amricani Cultural Centre and at the end of the first day of the annual Nuqat conference, was the public debut of Kuwait’s very own anti art movement.
The anti art installation was deliberately very musical and theatrical; designed to make people question what they were witnessing. By pure serendipity local motorcycle group Kuwait Riders heard about the underground art scene and wanted to lend their support to this emergent anonymous group known as South of Sane. Their loud presence and lifting of the Kuwaiti flag at the end of the performance was a testament to their pride in Kuwait and wanting to support the Kuwait art and cultural scene to help make it great again.
Putting Kuwait back on the art and culture map is what the founder of South of Sane wants. He was frustrated with conformity, imitation and the materialistic direction all forms of creative art were taking. He wants to rejuvenate local and regional talent, pumping fresh air through by gathering and creating a ‘safe’ and ‘nurturing’ environment where anyone, regardless of social class or nationality, would be free to dream.
So he began a talent hunt of sorts, inviting a random mix of artists, engineers, performing artists and outwardly ‘ordinary’ people who did not need a label for him to recognize that there was an artist within them and invited them into his home.
Here they began to jam, feeding off each other’s creative energies and allowing cultural influences to mix. The outcome was, and continues to be, an endless synergy of music, culture, art and art installations.
With no rules, restrictions, negativity or fear, all those ensconced within South of Sane are free to allow the full potential of their latent and trapped creativity to stretch out and be all that it can be.
So it has to be asked again, are you South of Sane? Make yourself be heard!
You can follow South of Sane on Instagram @South.of.Sane or visit their website SouthofSane.com. Photography by Tareq Alaskar (Urban Q8 Films).