Othman M.R. Khunji is a Bahraini interdisciplinary designer, currently based in Qatar, working at Qatar Museums as an Exhibition Design Production Specialist, whose work ranges across the fields of product, and interactive installation design. The social behaviors, from an Islamic perspective, triangulating how the relationships between religion, culture, and society can be expressed through the language of design are his particular areas of interest. Whether educational or critical, evocative or reminiscent, his interactive creations invite a reawakening and exploration of faith-based practices and social justice issues that will establish platforms for dialogue in the hope of generating new schools of thought.
A graduate of Master in Fine Arts in Design Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Othman’s studies include his latest publication, RITUALS, Our Past, Present & Future: Glimpses of Islamic Enrichment and its accompanying collection, The Five Pillars of Islam, soon to be exhibited at The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. Living between, Bahrain, Dubai, Colombia and Qatar, Othman has gained knowledge of various international languages of design. As an extrovert chameleon, his commitment to and perseverance in this field of art and design have resulted in press recognition both locally and internationally, including Brown Book, Domus, Alef, The Saudi Design Magazine and Qatar Television. Additionally, his work has been showcased in Qatar at Msheireb Museums, Katara, Doha Fire Station Garage Gallery and The Shangri La Hotel, in Dubai at Design Days, The Mine Gallery and Design Week, in Abu Dhabi at Zayed University Middle East Film Festival, in Kuwait at Nuqat and in Bahrain at The Nest Festival and The National Museum of Bahrain.
Othman has worked with local and international organizations such as Studio Banana, Virginia Commonwealth University, French House of Design, The Doha Fire Station, and Qatar Museums. His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his late mother, Majeeda Ali Ahmed Al-Awadhi for raising him to be the person that he is today.
Biography by Scott Andrew Walsh