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Saturday
Apr302016

Film and TV Viewing Log - April 2015

88:88 (Isiah Medina, 2015) 

This month has been a one filled with lots of film discoveries. Highlights include provocative films from Portugal by João Pedro Rodrigues (To Die Like a Man and Two Drifters), experimental films by Luis López Carrasco (The Future) and Isiah Medina (88:88), Beyonce's "visual album" Lemonade, films by John Cassavetes and a comedy gem more people should see, Tony Richardson's The Loved One.

Lowlights include Queen of the Desert and High Rise.

 

Here's my complete list for April:

 

Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues
To Die Like a Man / Morrer Como Um Homem (2009) ★★★★
Two Drifters / Odete (2005) ★★★★

 

Directed by John Cassavetes
Too Late Blues (1961) ★★★
Husbands (1970) ★★★★
Gloria (1980) ★★★★


★★★★
The Loved One (Dir. Tony Richardson, 1965)

 

★★★★ 
Stella Dallas (Dir. King Vidor, 1935)
The Future / El futuro (Dir. Luis López Carrasco, 2013)
88:88 (Dir. Isiah Medina, 2015)
Zootropolis (Dir. Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush, 2016)
10 Cloverfield Lane (Dir. Dan Trachtenberg, 2016)
Lemonade (Dir. Jonas Åkerlund/Beyoncé Knowles Carter/Kahlil Joseph/Melina Matsoukas/Dikayl Rimmasch/Mark Romanek/Todd Tourso , 2016)

 

★★★
Hail Mary / Je vous salue, Marie (Dir. Jean Luc-Godard, 1985)
London (Patrick Keller, 1994)

 

★★
Queen of the Desert (Dir. Werner Herzog, 2015)


High Rise (Dir. Ben Wheatley, 2015)



TV:
Survivor (Season 32) - Episodes 8, 9, 10, 11



Film log - January 2016
Film log - February 2016
Film log - March 2016


[image via BFI]

Tuesday
Apr262016

Purple Rain Night with James Locksmith at Cocktail Kitchen

 

Calling all Prince fans in Dubai. Cocktail Kitchen and James Locksmith will host a tribute night to Prince, tonight at 8.00pm. This is the message posted on James Locksmith's Facebook page:

DEARLY BELOVED

This Tuesday night April 26 I will be playing Prince all night at Cocktail Kitchen Dubai from 8PM. Expect to hear a journey through his catalogue, his inspirations, material from the women he embraced and the lives he touched.

This is a free event, join me and my box of tissues in the DJ booth. Next week we'll be doing it with a band with female vocalists covering the hits just the way Prince would want it. More details to come. X

 

Event details
Date: Tuesday, 26th April, 8.00pm till late
Venue: Cocktail Lounge, Armada BlueBay Hotel, Jumeirah Lake Towers (Cluster P), Dubai
Free entry.
Event page on Facebook.


www.jameslocksmith.net
www.cocktail-kitchen.com

 

 

Sunday
Apr242016

Meet d3 2016 - Open Call

 

Following the success of the inaugural Meet d3 last year, Dubai Design District’s annual festival returns for a second year, from 8th-10th December 2016. 

The festival aims to bring together a broad cross-section of design, art and culture in celebration of the city’s rich array of creative talent.

Meet d3 will continue the immersive and experiential format introduced last year, and showcases new and more creative expression from various design and multimedia disciplines.

 

For the second edition, Meet d3 has announced an open call inviting designers, artists, architects, practitioners and creatives based in the UAE to submit proposals for the "Installations" section of the festival. The applications will be reviewed by the Meet d3 curatorial committee, their selection will be based on the strength of the proposal and how it resonates with the spirit of the festival as an immersive and interactive event.

The application deadline is 31st May 2016. Apply here.

Whether large-scale or ethereal, a nod to the contemporary or historical, the Installations section will encompass a dynamic range of design and artistic medium including painting, sculpture, video, photography, architecture, fashion, digital and other design experiences.

Any subject or theme is welcome, and can be conceived for either indoor or outdoor spaces, as long as the proposed installation is experiential in nature, original and suitable for all ages. (Note: as a community event–across cultures and ages, Meet d3’s programming and content does need to reflect this.)

 

I'm glad Meet d3 announced this open call. There are not many opportunities for independent creatives to take part in big events like this, and I'm glad to see Dubai Design District and Meet d3 engage with the local creative community this way.

Even though this year's edition will take place during Dubai International Film Festival (7th - 14th December), I hope I get a chance to attend some part Meet d3. I attended all three days last year and had a great time. Look at my photo review here, read about the Andy Wahloo tent (my highlight from Meet d3 2015), and read about my thoughts on Dubai Design District in general

 

 

www.meetd3.com
www.meetd3.com/take-part

 

Sunday
Apr242016

Upcoming talks at NYU Abu Dhabi

 

There's a good line up of talks coming up this week and next week at NYU Abu Dhabi. They include talks about UAE Architecture, the past and future of the Avant Garde, Artist vs Material. The talks are open to the public and free to attend.


Here's the schedule:

 

06:30pm - 08:00pm

The Architectural Heritage of Dubai

Date: Monday, 25th April 2016, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: NYUAD Campus, Conference Center 

This lecture explores select archeological heritage sites of Dubai from 1587 to 1950, covering a variety of diverse buildings used for defensive, educational, religious, and commercial purposes. Through the use of photos, the speaker discusses and displays restoration projects in Dubai over the past 25 years, such as the Shaikh Saeed House, the Al Fuhaidi District, and the Shandagha District.

Speaker: Rashad Bukhash CEO, Architectural Heritage and Antiquities Department, Dubai Municipality

RSVP here.

 

This lecture explores select archeological heritage sites of Dubai from 1587 to 1950, covering a variety of diverse buildings used for defensive, educational, religious, and commercial purposes. Through the use of photos, the speaker discusses and displays restoration projects in Dubai over the past 25 years, such as the Shaikh Saeed House, the Al Fuhaidi District, and the Shandagha District. - See more at: http://nyuadi.force.com/Events/EventRegistration?event=fYGHkbRG9iZXEpy13S3tDQ_3D_3D#sthash.5GKIW5rX.dpuf

The Past and Future of the Avant Garde: New York, Warhol, and the World — Readings and Conversation with Kenneth Goldsmith and Gilda Williams

Date: Thursday, 28th April 2016, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: NYUAD Art Gallery

NYUAD Art Gallery

 

The Art Gallery is pleased to host a special event in collaboration with the Arts & Humanities Division:

  • Kenneth Goldsmith, a conceptual poet on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, was the first poet laureate of the Museum of Modern Art. His recent book, Capital, rewrites Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project with New York rather than Paris as the subject. He is the founder and curator of ubu.com.
  • Gilda Williams, an art critic on the faculty of Goldsmiths College, University of London, is the compiler of the new anthology ON&BY Andy Warhol, published this spring by Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press. Her other books include How to Write About Contemporary Art

Each author will present material from new works, followed by a conversation about the avant garde past, present, and future.

 RSVP here.

This lecture explores select archeological heritage sites of Dubai from 1587 to 1950, covering a variety of diverse buildings used for defensive, educational, religious, and commercial purposes. Through the use of photos, the speaker discusses and displays restoration projects in Dubai over the past 25 years, such as the Shaikh Saeed House, the Al Fuhaidi District, and the Shandagha District.

Speaker

Rashad Bukhash CEO, Architectural Heritage and Antiquities Department, Dubai Municipality

- See more at: http://nyuadi.force.com/Events/EventRegistration?event=fYGHkbRG9iZXEpy13S3tDQ_3D_3D#sthash.5GKIW5rX.dpuf
This lecture explores select archeological heritage sites of Dubai from 1587 to 1950, covering a variety of diverse buildings used for defensive, educational, religious, and commercial purposes. Through the use of photos, the speaker discusses and displays restoration projects in Dubai over the past 25 years, such as the Shaikh Saeed House, the Al Fuhaidi District, and the Shandagha District. - See more at: http://nyuadi.force.com/Events/EventRegistration?event=fYGHkbRG9iZXEpy13S3tDQ_3D_3D#sthash.5GKIW5rX.dpuf

This lecture explores select archeological heritage sites of Dubai from 1587 to 1950, covering a variety of diverse buildings used for defensive, educational, religious, and commercial purposes. Through the use of photos, the speaker discusses and displays restoration projects in Dubai over the past 25 years, such as the Shaikh Saeed House, the Al Fuhaidi District, and the Shandagha District.

Speaker

Rashad Bukhash CEO, Architectural Heritage and Antiquities Department, Dubai Municipality

- See more at: http://nyuadi.force.com/Events/EventRegistration?event=fYGHkbRG9iZXEpy13S3tDQ_3D_3D#sthash.5GKIW5rX.dpuf

 

 

Art vs Material

Date: Saturday, 30th April 2016, 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Venue: NYUAD Art Gallery

NOTE: This event will be in Arabic with simultaneous English translation. 

The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi presents a panel discussion with artists Mohamed Al Mazrouei and Mays Albaik, moderated by Salwa Mikdadi, a leading expert on the history of Modern Arab art. 

The panel will explore issues relevant to the current exhibition Diana Al-Hadid: Phantom Limb through the eyes of the panelists.

Both Al Mazrouei and Albaik’s work deal with unusual materials and subtle but distinct biographical references, all relevant issues for Diana Al-Hadid’s work as well. These artists will present and talk about the materiality and the biographical aspect of their artistic practice, and the different strategies they use in their creative process.

RSVP here.

 

 

www.nyuad.nyu.edu/en/news-events/abu-dhabi-events.html
www.nyuad.nyu.edu
www.nyuad-artgallery.org

Friday
Apr222016

RIP Prince

 

 

A day after the tragic news and it is still hard to believe he passed away. His music will no doubt live on and I've been tuned in to BBC listening to all the tribute shows.

There are a lot of images, videos and written tributes shared online. I'd like to share this video posted by Eric Hynes on Twitter. Prince comes in at the second minute. It is electrifying.

 

 

 

RIP Prince, 7th June 1958 - 21st  April 21 2016

Tuesday
Apr122016

The Culturist nominated for Stylist Social Media Awards 2016

I am happy to announce The Culturist is nominated for a Stylist Social Media Awards, in the Lifestyle category.

I was suprised to be nominated, especially since most of the other nominees in the Lifestyle category focus on fashion, food, product reviews. So I am very thankful and grateful someone out there appreciates this blog, along with my updates on Twitter and Facebook which focuses on art and culture in the UAE and in cities I visit.

If you are a fan of this blog and/or follow me on social madia and like what I share, please spare a minute or two and vote for me.

Go to www.stylistarabia.com/awards, select Lifestyle and vote for me (find me under The Culturist | Hind Mezaina). Voting is open until Friday, 6th May 2016.

 

If you care about art and culture in the UAE, please vote for me. Prettty please. Let us show culture matters here. It will mean the world to me.

The winner will be announced on Sunday, 15th May 2016.

 

www.stylistarabia.com/awards

 

Monday
Apr112016

Exhibition: Phantom Limb by Diana Al-Hadid at NYUAD Art Gallery

Phantom Limb, 2014 | Photo: Markus Wörgötter | Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery © New York

 

NYUAD Art Gallery's latest exhibition Phantom Limb by Diana Al-Hadid  includes work influencded by Renaissance and classical imagery. The exhibition includes large scale installations that are very textured and architectural. It's an exhibition I strongly recommend you go see in person. It comes with an audio guide that is quite informative, the recording includes the voices of Diana Al Hadid and NYUAD Art Gallery Curator Maya Allison.  

The exhibition takes its title from a central work, Phantom Limb, a term referring to the sensations that a missing arm or leg is still present, and able to move. The title captures the character of much of Al-Hadid’s work, which evokes memory and long cultural history through a visceral, materially-focused working technique. The theme of memory and its physical manifestations in art and architecture runs throughout Al-Hadid’s work.

The monumental sculpture of Phantom Limb is framed by two major wall insets: The Sleepwalker and Still Life. The first draws from the 4th Century BC bas-relief Gradiva, while the latter is a reworking of Hans Memling’s 1475 painting Allegory of Chastity.

 

Listen to Diana Al Hadid talk about her work and process in this interview with Wael Hattar for our podcast Tea with Culture which was recorded last month at Art Dubai.

 

 

These are photos I took of some of the work from the exhibition, which is on until 28th May 2016. Don't miss this.

 

Phantom Limb

 

The Sleepwalker

 

Still Life

 

Gradiva’s Fourth Wall

 

Attack

 

Untitled

 

Vanishing Point

 

You can also pick up a copy of Phantom Limb - A Young Person's Guide which is an object in itself, one many adults will appreciate too.

 

 

www.nyuad-artgallery.org/en_US/exhibitions/diana-al-hadid
www.dianaalhadid.com



Sunday
Apr102016

Exhibition: Two Suns in a Sunset by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Two Suns in a Sunset. Image Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Two Suns in a Sunset. Image Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation

 

Two Suns in a Sunset features work by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige one of the latest exhibitions at Sharjah Art Foundation

The exhibition features work from the the late 1990s to the present day, including two new video works commissioned for this exhibition, Remembering the Light and ISMYRNA.  

 

Grounded in the context of Beirut and events that are close to their personal lives, the works of Lebanese artists and filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige reflect the artists' ongoing interrogation of imagery, representation and history.

Research is at the centre of their practice—each project beginning with an idea that develops and evolves through the materials the artists encounter along the way.  Images and stories from the past are reactivated in the present creating narratives that are often open-ended and performative and where reality and fiction are in constant flux.

 

Curated by Marta Gili (Jeu de Paume), Hoor Al-Qasimi (Sharjah Art Foundation), Anna Schneider (Haus der Kunst Munich) and Jose Miguel G. Cortes (Institut Valenica d'Art Modern), Two Suns in a Sunset is one of the best exhibitions I've seen here in the UAE and well worth spending a couple of hours, looking at the work and reading the guide (a beautifully published book in itself) which has information that is useful about the exhibited work.

The themes in Two Suns in a Sunset touch upon memories, rememberance and a play between fact and fiction. It is quite an extensive exhibition which includes works on paper, photographs, sculpture, sound and video installation (including a large scale installation The Rumour of the World (2014) which you should only see after you see all the other works), plus two works, Postcards of War (1997 – 2006) and Circle of Confusion (1997 – 2014) which invites visitors to be active participants by taking parts of the work.

The exhibition is spread over two buildings, be sure to start in Building P before moving to Building J where the exhibition continues with the installation, The Rumour of the World (2014)

Here are images images and a breakdown of the works in Two Suns in a Sunset. The exhibition is accompanied by screenings of films directed by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige which I've listed at the end of this post.

The exhibition is on till 8th May 2016, make sure you don't miss it.

 

 

1. Postcards of War (1997-2006)

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Two Suns in a Sunset. Image Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation
Photo by Hind Mezaina


2. Circle of Confusion (1997-2016)

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Two Suns in a Sunset. Image Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Two Suns in a Sunset. Image Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation


3. Archeology of Our Gaze: Equivalences (1997)

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Two Suns in a Sunset. Image Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation


4. Archeology of Our Gaze: Bestiaries (1997)

Photo by Hind Mezaina


5. Always With You (2001-2008)

Photo by Hind Mezaina

Photo by Hind Mezaina


6. Latent Images (1997-2006)

Photo by Hind Mezaina

Photo by Hind Mezaina

Photo by Hind Mezaina

 

7. Lasting Images (2003)

Photo by Hind MezainaPhoto by Hind MezainaPhoto by Hind Mezaina

 

8. 180 Seconds of Lasting Images (2006)

Photo by Hind Mezaina

 

9. Faces (2009)  

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Two Suns in a Sunset. Image Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation

 


10. The President's Album - Part 2 of The Lebanese Rocket Society (2011)

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Two Suns in a Sunset. Image Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation


11. Dust in the Wind - Part 6 of The Lebanese Rocket Society (2013)

Photo by Hind Mezaina

12. The Golden Record - Part 3 of The Lebanese Rocket Society (2012)

Photos by Hind Mezaina


13. Geometry of Space (2014)

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Two Suns in a Sunset. Image Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation



14. Objects of Khiam (1999-2013)

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Two Suns in a Sunset. Image Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation

Photo by Hind Mezaina

Photo by Hind Mezaina


15. Khiam 2000 - 2007 (2008)

Photo by Hind Mezaina


16. "I stared at beauty so much..." Waiting for Barbarians (2013)

Video still, via www.hadjithomasjoreige.com


17. Remembering the Light (2016)

Video still. photo by Hind Mezaina.


The exhibition also includes the following sections which I didn't photograph, and best to see them in person, especially, The Rumour of the World.
18. Ismyrna (2016)
19. The Jerusalem Letter (2014)
20. The Rumour of the World (2014)
21. Elements for a Monument Cedar IV: A Reconstruction - Part 1 of The Lebanese Rocket Society (2011)

 

List of film screenings accompanying this exhibition at Mirage City Cinema, SAF Art Spaces, Behind Al Zahra Mosque: 

 

Saturday, 16th April 2016 at 8.30pm

Around the Pink House
DVD, Dolby SR | 92 minutes | Arabic with English subtitles | 1998

Beirut is under reconstruction. A surprising pink palace is threaten of being destroyed to be replaced by a commercial centre. This ambitious project divides the neighborhood. As the personal stories of those living in the pink house unveil, the wounds and dreams of a strange postwar period appear.

 

 

Saturday, 30th April 2016 at 8.30pm

The Lost Film
42 minutes | Arabic with English subtitles | 2003

A copy of our first feature film disappeared in Yemen, on the day of the tenth anniversary of the reunification of North and South. A year later we are there, following the track of the lost film.

An enquiry that takes us from Sanaa to Aden, a personal quest centering on the image and on our status as filmmakers in this part of the world...

 

Ramad (Ashes)
35 mm, Dolby SR | 26 minutes | French, Arabic with English subtitles | 2003

Nabil returns to Beirut with the ashes of his father who has died abroad. He tries to overcome his bereavement, while his family insists on respecting rites and customs by burying a non-existent corpse...

 

 

14th May 2016 at 8.30pm

A Perfect Day
35 mm, Dolby SR | 92 minutes | Arabic with English subtitles | 2005

Stuck in a traffic jam, Malek catches a fleeting glance of the beautiful Zeina, the woman he loves. He desperately tries to get through to her by text message, but she does not want to see him. She vanishes into the throng of midday Beirut traffic. The young man has a syndrome, which interrupts his breathing during sleep. Whenever he stops moving, he dozes off adding to his disorientation.

His mother Claudia has still not accepted his father's disappearance after 15 years. She stays at home should her husband return; Malek drives around the city alone in his car. Each of them try to live with a void of lost love. But today may be the "perfect day " to lay their ghosts to rest.

Malek is taking his hesitant mother to declare her husband officially dead in the "absence of a body". And that evening, in a trendy nightclub where the young of Beirut go to dance and forget their troubles, Zeina looks ready to give Malek a second shot at the love for which he yearns.

 

 

Exhibition details
Dates: 12th March - 8th May 2016 | Open daily till 10.00pm
Venue: Buildings J and P, Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, Sharjah (location map)
Free entry.

 

 

www.sharjahart.org/exhibitions-events/current-upcoming-events/joanakhalil
www.hadjithomasjoreige.com

 

Thursday
Apr072016

The Culturist Recommends - Exhibitions in April 2016

Manal Al Dowayan - Poolside II | Canvas, copper, string| 100 x 71 cm | 2015


There are some good exhibitions currently running in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. My absolute favourite is Manal Al Dowayan's "And I, Will I Forget?" at Cuadro Gallery. It's my favourite exhibition of the year so far. An exhibition based on found photos, I found Al Dowayan's narrative quite moving and I strongly recommend you don't miss this.

I'm really looking forward to Here's What They Think of Me by Sara Alahbabi, a senior capstone exhibition at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Here's my list of top 10 exhibitions in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah that you shouldn't miss this month. Click on the title of each exhibition if you'd like to read more.

 

And I, Will I Forget? by Manal Al Dowayan
Gallery: Cuadro Gallery, Dubai
Dates: Until 14th April 2016

Manal Al Dowayan - The Girls (5 pieces) | Canvas, copper, string | 24 79, 22 x 96, 16 x 61, 20 x 73, 22 x 74 cm | 2015

Artist statement:

I have a fear of forgetting; I have a fear of being forgotten. The faces, the places, and the emotions that belong to them.

I save images, and preserve objects, I fill pages with notes and detailed descriptions. To obscure, to delete, to censor, to erase, and to forget a war is waged on memory. What remains when this war is lost? Images with no stories, dusty objects, misunderstood thoughts. The images will eventually fade, the objects will be lost, and the pages never understood. I have a fear of forgetting. I have a fear of being forgotten. And I, will I forget?


 

Here's What They Think of Me by Sara Alahbabi
Gallery: NYUAD Art Gallery - Project Space (Abu Dhabi)
Dates: 10th – 16th April 2016

Sara Alahbabi - He Owns So Much Oil, 2016 | 90cm x 60 cm

This art project encompasses a series of staged photography which acts as a tool to challenge these stereotypes; the images are exaggerated so that it is obvious to the spectator that what is depicted in these photographs is unrealistic.

What I find troublesome is that certain generalizations or misconceptions could potentially feed into the identity of what, as an Emirati, the Emirates means as a whole. Therefore, having done this project will allow me to take that first step into solving misconceptions; to start a conversation.

 


What is it? - Curated by Sumesh Sharma
Gallery: 1x1 Gallery, Dubai
Dates: Until 30th April 2016

Portraiture becomes a trajectory of inquiry into the layers that constitute aesthetics, conceptual thought and the politics of artistic practice. 'What is it?' was Mathew Brady's travelling photographic studio that introduced the magic of the photo to rural American audiences, and is a question still asked in the realm of an art fair.

Portraiture has been a constant in the vocabulary of the visual arts in subcontinent dating back to the earliest know Jain Miniatures. Western Classical academic practice introduced portraiture in colonial era art schools that dealt with the subjects anatomy and perspective but soon the practice was incorporated into forming diverse narratives that are encountered in the exhibition.

 


The Lightness of Mass by Seher Shah
Gallery: Green Art Gallery, Dubai
Dates: Until 9th May 2016

Seher Shah - Unit Object (house), 2014 | Etching with aquatint on Arches paper | 58.42 x 66.04 cm.| Ed 5 of 20

Throughout her practice, Seher Shah has consistently re-shaped representation. Working with both drawing and sculpture, she has revisited the mainstays of architectural representational methods—plan, elevation, section—to inject unsettling slippages into their rigorous formalism. If, in the past, her practice has knowingly toyed with the frontier between the resolutely rational and the vaguely visceral, this new body of work fully embraces that visceral slant.

 

The Book (Re-Imagined) - Curated by Mohamed Abou El Naga
Gallery: The Mojo Gallery
Dates: Until 14th May 2016

The Book [Re-Imagined] features work of more than 30 artists and focuses on the highly distinctive and visually intriguing ‘artist’s book’.

An artist’s book isn’t published, it is handmade. It is not repeated, it is singular. It is like a canvas, but folded, revealing an intimate world, page after page.

Through an amalgamation of graphic-textual-chromatic-spatial expression, each artist’s book represents an individual’s deeply personal laboratory of inter-disciplinary art. While the collective combination of these unique artworks forms a fascinating aesthetic and intellectual dialogue between language, culture and artistic storytelling.

 

But Still Tomorrow Builds into My Face - Curated by Nat Muller
Gallery: Lawrie Shabibi
Dates: Until 19th May 2016

Daniele Genadry - Afterglow (15.33), 2013 | Screenprint on mylar | Framed: 28 x 37 cm

The exhibition takes on a timely topic: the disappearance and loss of cultural and other types of heritage. The works explore the relationship between collecting, power, history, conflict and identity. By snatching away subjects from the jaws of time and permanent loss, and by fixing them in memory, the works become poetic and political acts of preservation.

 

ICONS by Cortis and Sonderegger
Gallery: East Wing (Dubai)
Dates: 14th April - 26th May 2016

Cortis and Sonderegger - From the Icons series - Making of Concorde by Toshihko Sato | 2000 - 2013

In 2012, Swiss based artists Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger presented themselves with a challenge; to recreate some of the world’s most iconic images in their studio. Trawling through books filled with history’s most memorable photographs, the duo used optical tricks to reproduce what seemed impossible to duplicate – a series of iconic moments that changed perspectives, often resulting in creative or political rebellion.

Cortis and Sonderegger will give a talk at on Saturday, 16th April at 2pm. Quite looking forward to this. More information here.

 

 

The Phantom Limb by Diana Al-Hadid
Gallery: NYUAD Art Gallery

Dates: Until 28th May 2016

Diana Al-Hadid - Phantom Limb (photo © Hind Mezaina)

Diana Al-Hadid’s works transforms Renaissance and classical imagery into contemporary sculptural forms that appear to be decaying or resurfacing, often in a cascade of white, melting gypsum. Her towering sculptures, spectral wall pieces, and surreal bronzes will fill the 7,000 square foot gallery.

The exhibition takes its title from a central work, Phantom Limb, a term referring to the sensations that a missing arm or leg is still present, and able to move. The title captures the character of much of Al-Hadid’s work, which evokes memory and long cultural history through a visceral, materially-focused working technique. The theme of memory and its physical manifestations in art and architecture runs throughout Al-Hadid’s work.

 

 

Two Suns in a Sunset - Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
Venue: Sharjah Art Foundation, Building J and P, SAF Art Spaces (Sharjah)
Dates: Until 12th June 2016

Lasting Images, 2003 (video still)

Grounded in the context of Beirut and events that are close to their personal lives, the works of Lebanese artists and filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige reflect the artists' ongoing interrogation of imagery, representation and history.

Research is at the centre of their practice—each project beginning with an idea that develops and evolves through the materials the artists encounter along the way.  Images and stories from the past are reactivated in the present creating narratives that are often open-ended and performative and where reality and fiction are in constant flux.

This major exhibition brings to Sharjah a wide selection of work by the artists created from the late 1990s to the present day.

 

Time is Out of Joint - Curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh
Venue: Sharjah Art Foundation, Building GH and I, SAF Art Spaces (Sharjah)
Dates: Until 12th June 2016 

Tzu-Nyen Ho - Pythagoras (video still from a multi media installation)

This exhibition invites the audience to engage with three platforms; an exhibition, which includes video works, installations and photography; a reading room with a discursive programme that hosts performances, artist talks, and an archive; and a one day conference titled Jogja Equator Conference 2022.

Go see this group exhibition, if only to experience Tzy-Nyen Ho's 35 min multi-media installation, Pythagoras. It evokes a range of feelings. I won't say more to avoid spoilers.

 

 

Thursday
Apr072016

Warehouse421 - Wednesdays at the Warehouse - April 2016

This month sees the last batch of events from the current season of Wednesays at the Warehouse programme which started in January this year. As always, it includes workshops, talks and film screenings.

Here's the line up:

 

Wednesday 13th April 2016

Workshop: Patterns of the Sea - Textile Printing
5.30pm - 7.30pm

 

Participants are led through a step-by-step process of printing on textiles by extracting visual elements found in photos of journeys through the ocean, fishing and surfing, drawing various patterns which are transferred into stencils used to transfer impressions on fabric.

Instructor: Khalid Mezaina, Artist
Alumni, the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging
Artists Fellowship (SEAF)

In collaboration with SEAF.



Film screenings - 7.30pm - 9.30pm

 Dry Hot Summers 

Directed by Sherif Elbendary
Egypt, Germany | PG13 | Comedy | 32 minutes | 2015

Two paths cross on a hot, dry, day in Cairo. A desperate cancer patient meets a bride, who wants to wear her wedding gown and prepare for a photograph with her groom. A day unlike any other.



The Atlantic

Directed by Jan-Willem van Ewijk
Morocco, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium | PG 15 | Drama, Adventure | 94 minutes | 2015

A Moroccan fisherman sets off on an epic journey towards Europe on his wind surfboard. But the pursuit of dreams does not come without sacrifice.

 

 

Wednesday, 27th April 2016

Panel talk: Archival Photography: Practices and Projects in the UAE
6.30pm - 8.00pm 


 

What constitutes an archive? Why build and maintain an archive? How are archives built and used? Join an intriguing discussion among representatives of the leading archives in the UAE to explore the significance and various approaches to archiving in the Emirates. 

Panelists:
Karen Davies, Crown Prince Court, Abu Dhabi
Abdallah Al Bastaki, National Archive 
Dr. Shamoon Zamir, Akkasah Center for Photography, NYU Abu Dhabi
Dr. Michele Bambling, Lest We Forget

Moderated by: Shamma Al Mheiri

In collaboration with Lest We Forget.

 

 

 

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