United Arab Emirates 50th Anniversary to be Marked in Washington with Art Exhibition


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A contemporary art exhibition will be presented in Washington next month to mark the UAE’s Golden Jubilee.

Organized in partnership with the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, the Middle East Institute Center for Arts and Culture will present Between Heaven and Earth: Contemporary Art from the United Arab Emirates at the MEI Art Gallery. The exhibition opens on December 3.

The exhibition brings together 12 artists whose different concepts, mediums and backgrounds reflect the diversity of the contemporary art scene in the United Arab Emirates.

Conceptualized by independent Abu Dhabi curator Munira Al Sayegh, the exhibition will present an intergenerational dialogue between artists as they explore their social, cultural and natural landscapes. The 12 artists have made their home in the United Arab Emirates and have roots in the Gulf, Levant, Southeast Asia and the United States.

The artists presented are: Ebtisam Abdulaziz; Afra Al Dhaheri; Tarek Al-Ghoussein; Hashel Al Lamki; Sheikha Al Mazrou; Asma Belhamar; Alaa Edris; Lamya Gargash; Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim; Mohammed Kazem; Solimar Miller and Augustine Paredes.

The exhibition will examine themes around permanence and fluidity, time and memory across a range of subjects such as the environment, consumerism and the impact of urbanization on people and societies.

“I chose works that combine playful irreverence with rigorous investigation of a vibrant UAE from the perspective of the different nationalities that make it their home,” said Al Sayegh. “In the process, this exhibit challenges standard UAE narratives and speaks to the intricacies present in the country’s artistic ecosystem.”

Between heaven and earth Also marks an important collaboration for MEI Art Gallery and NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, both of which aim to provide a platform for thought-provoking artists in the region.

“This partnership between the Middle East Institute and the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery reflects our institutions’ belief in the value of collaboration and building bridges between cultures,” said Kate Seelye, vice president of arts and culture. culture at the Middle East Institute. “By co-presenting an exhibit in Washington, DC with a regional institution, we can leverage their expertise and knowledge to offer the Washington public a new perspective on the transformations the UAE has undergone over the past 50 years. last years.”

NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery Executive Director Maya Allison said: “We are delighted and honored to play a role in the making of this exhibition in collaboration with the Middle East Institute. This constellation of works provides a glimpse into the art scene here, from those who have been innovating in art for decades, to those who are the rising stars of the new generation of artists in the Emirates. Having worked with many of these artists myself over the past decade, I can’t wait to see their work in such a different context, in the United States and through the eyes of its residents.

Update: November 24, 2021, 11:10 a.m.

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