1,102: A Social Experiment | Abdulrahman Gazzaz/BRICKLAB
1,102: A Social Experiment explores the tension between objects, display and the simultaneous experience of art and visual culture. Combining reproductions of objects from extremely diverse sources, the work challenges beliefs and value systems that define contemporary cultural production and our experience of the world. Toys, tools, rocks, plants, and wood, among other, have been meticulously cast in concrete and resin. Displayed on two long plinths, they are powerfully charged with a symbolism associated with exchange, society and our relationship to materiality and history. The constellation of elements questions cultural interaction, popular imagery and high art and reveals the effects of individual approaches, activating in this way a socio-political aesthetic experiment.
Visual Dialogue | Curated by Fereydoun Ave
A visual dialogue between the modern and contemporary art scenes in Iran and Africa curated by Fereydoun Ave himself, a collector, artist and curator. Farhad Bakhtiar's extensive collection of contemporary Iranian and African art was the spark that light up curator’s imagination. The curator will do the installation as a performative act on site.
Fully Booked | Art Book Fair
Fully Booked returns as the only art book fair in the UAE, featuring an exhibition of typography in Middle Eastern graphic design. The intention of the fair is to foster meaningful cultural exchanges between regional and international artist publishers, as well as the cultural practitioners and visitors.
Reclamation Ground | Serendipity Arts Foundation
In December 2017, Serendipity Arts Festival proudly presented The Ground Beneath My Feet, a project dedicated to contemporary performance art. The exhibition invited nine artists from around the world to present site-specific works on a 229 feet barge docked on the Mandovi river in Goa. Reclamation Ground is a carryover of The Ground Beneath My Feet that brings together new iterations of four works of art that went into the making of the exhibition in Goa. This exhibition is a reconstruction of fragments from the barge invoking the precarious fragments of land surrounded by rising oceans and migrating populations.
Authentic Marks | Shaghaf Group
Authentic Marks is Shaghaf Group’s second international miniature printmaking exhibition and features prints from printmakers around the world, with the goal of showcasing an artist’s originality through their work. With the freedom to choose a style, theme, technique and concept, artists can continue to leave their ‘print’ in the creative world.
Nadi Al Quoz
Cultural Narratives | Selections Arts
Drawing on centuries of tradition and know-how, artists from the Middle East have created works that reflect their rich culture and transcend regional boundaries. This extensive collection of artworks by established and emerging talents from the region provides a breathtaking visual map of the Middle Eastern art world, with unique works from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine and Sudan.
الدوبة (Al Doobah) | Ayesha Hadhir | College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University
The objects in the الدوبـة installation by Ayesha Hadhir are retrieved from a sunken shipwreck off the coast of Al Dhabiya, a small island of beach houses in Abu Dhabi. Hadhir began diving into the shipwreck to document the sinking process, observing the changes that occur when the metal began to deteriorate and coral started to invade the wreck. The work is a tribute to her late father, who passed away recently. The exhibition is curated by Walter Willems.