Art

Ishara: Signs, Symbols & Shared Languages

03 April 2018Alserkal Avenue
Ishara: Signs, Symbols & Shared Languages

Held in partnership with UAE Unlimited, the Ishara: Signs, Symbols & Shared Languages exhibition in Concrete was curated by Karim Sultan and featured new works by 10 UAE-based artists, Amna Al Dabbagh, Cheb Moha, Chndy, Dina Khorchid, Farah Al Qasimi, Flounder Lee, Nasir Nasrallah, Saba Qizilbash, Salem Al Mansoori, and Shaikha Al Ketbi, in addition to visual poetry by guest artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.

The selected artists worked with the theme 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.