Art

A Grey Area

10 May 2018Arsalan Mohamed
A Grey Area

Image courtesy of Grey Noise

A Grey Area

Image courtesy of Grey Noise

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Conversations on the Avenue meets Umer Butt, the founder and director of Grey Noise in Alserkal Avenue, for a revealing and candid discussion on the occasion of the gallery’s tenth anniversary in Dubai.

Most galleries, on reaching their first decade, would celebrate unreservedly. Not so Umer Butt. He has just unveiled a contemplative and introspective event entitled Loser's Club that articulates, through a process of erasing and subverting the gallery space and acting on numerous conversations with colleagues, artists, peers and visitors, what it means to have reached this milestone and what the future holds in store.

  

In our conversation, Umer reflects on his journey thus far and delves deeply into the issues and preoccupations that have been on his mind as he approached the anniversary. We touch on what it is to fail, how one represents failure and question what it is to succeed. We also hear about the challenges posed by art world structures, such as art fairs, and we find out why enjoying a quiet KFC meal in Mall of the Emirates can spark a moment of deep personal introspection…

 

Inside Grey Noise, where the storage area has been opened to visitors, while the gallery space is being used as an office.


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Loser's Club continues until August 2018.
Images courtesy of Grey Noise.