Mehreen Murtaza | Deep Earth Object
16 March - 15 June 2015
An intervention in the Yard, this work consists of an uncanny spherical sculpture that appears to have emerged from the earth. Developed from the artist’s research into UFO sightings in Dubai as well as materials and metals used in Al Quoz and the scrap industry in the UAE, the work addresses various questions related to forging histories, utopias and the lurking entropy of our chemical existence. Commissioned by Art Dubai in collaboration with Alserkal Avenue.
Mehreen Murtaza is influenced by the legacy of experimental scientific research and examines its influence on South Asian science fiction. The theoretical work and religious ideas of scientist Dr. Abdus Salam feature heavily in her work. She has recently exhibited at the 5th Fukuoka Triennale, Japan (2014), Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2013/2014), The Studio Museum, NY (2013).