Road Trip | Abu Dhabi

Join us for a trip to Abu Dhabi Art on the ​22​ November to visit the Speculative Landscapes exhibition at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and the 11th edition of Abu Dhabi Art Fair. Free and open to all however RSVP is required via the following link.


Speculative Landscapes
This exhibition takes viewers into the imagined worlds of four UAE-based artists. Through close study of their surroundings in the UAE, each of the artists here reflect on our shared futures: Areej Kaoud, Ayman Zedani, Jumairy, and Raja’a Khalid. Collectively, the artists in the exhibition explore the very concept of environment (natural, artificial, virtual). Each raises a question: how do organisms — whether human or other — create, survive, and inhabit our natural, artificial, and virtual worlds?
The four artists in this exhibition have developed their practice in the UAE, establishing a strong regional track record, as well as an emerging international presence. They share a speculative practice, extrapolating imagined worlds within existing ones.
Each installation offers an imaginary journey derived from the artists’ real-world observations of everyday life. In Khalid’s performative installation, she invites viewers to embrace personal well-being as a commodifiable trend, while Kaoud’s playground keeps visitors on high alert to ever-present risk. In two very different landscape installations, Zedani and Jumairy each propose worlds in which our natural bodies and the landscape around us manifest biological or artificial intelligence.
Curated by Maya Allison, NYUAD Chief Curator, and Galleries Executive Director, NYUAD Art Gallery
Location |  NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Art expands beyond the notion of a traditional art fair, in placing strong emphasis on a diverse public engagement programme, including art installations and exhibitions, talks and events that take place in different locations throughout the year. The culmination of this year-long programme is the Abu Dhabi Art event in November, which provides an important sales platform for participating galleries whilst also offering these galleries an opportunity to showcase ambitious installations and site-specific works by their artists to a wide audience.
Location | Manarat Al Saadiyat

Road Trip Schedule:
​11​AM | Departure from ​A4 Space (Warehouse 4) in Alserkal Avenue 
​1​PM | Arrival at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
​1​ - ​2​PM ​| ​Guided tour of the Speculative Landscapes​ exhibition ​
​2​PM | Bus departs from​ NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery
2:30PM | ​Arrival at Manarat Al Saadiyat
2:30PM - 4:30PM | Guided tour of Abu Dhabi Art Fair
4:30PM - Departure
6:30PM | Arrival at Alserkal Avenue (one drop off only)
Alserkal Avenue Road Trips is a monthly series of bus trips to visit exhibitions, talks, performances and film screenings by galleries, arts institutions, and cultural initiatives around the country. Road trips are free and open to all. However, please note that spaces are limited. 

Meeting point | A4 Space