Ishara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages

Alserkal Programming and UAE Unlimited will bring Ishara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages to Concrete and will run from 5 March to 1 April 2018. 

Curated by Karim Sultan, the exhibition will feature new works by 10 UAE-based artists, in addition to loaned works by guest artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. The selected artists for the 2018 edition of UAE Unlimited are Amna Al Dabbagh, Cheb Moha, Chndy, Dina Khorchid, Farah Al Qasimi, Flounder Lee, Nasir Nasrallah, Saba Qizilbash, Salem Al Mansoori, and Shaikha Al Ketbi.

The concept of the exhibition is derived from a broad understanding of the meaning and use of language. In Arabic, Ishara, denotes “sign”—the most basic form of communication, and refers to the linguistic marks, gestures and indications, as well as commonly used signals that transcend language, like those used in traffic or urban spaces. The curatorial process for the exhibition has been thematically informed by the idea of “lingua franca,” which hints at constructed, second or third languages that were used to aid communication between various groups or in situations where communication was difficult.

This partnership is the result of a shared vision between His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, founder of UAE Unlimited and our founder Abdelmonem Alserkal.

Photo (left to right): Guest artsits Ramin Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, Rokni Haerizadeh, Executive Director of UAE Unlimited Shobha Pia Shamdsani, Curator Karim Sultan.