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Street Night Art in Al Quoz

Tarsila Schubert

Street Night Art is a one-night event taking place on Friday, 24th January in Al Quoz, Dubai. It's part of Al Quoz Beautification Project, which aims to brand Al Quoz as a "unique, artistic district, giving it an identity, making it attractive to the UAE residents and tourists and strengthening community connections". 
The following line appears across their website, 

"We envision a neighborhood where a record of our local and regional artists are permanently marked in the public landscape"

Al Quoz isn't the most attractive looking spot in Dubai, despite the presence of many art galleries in the area. Graffiti is illegal in this country, permission needs to granted from the municipality and the owner of the property. 

So far, graffiti and street art in Dubai have been showcased in organised and heavily sponsored events like club nights and concerts, in controlled environments and normally on fake walls - which goes against the spirit of street art and graffiti. 

Unsurprisingly, a temporary wall will be installed for Street Night Art and the results from the night will be left for several months. I wonder if this event will pave the way for a more natural and organic expansion of street art. Hopefully the results from this night will encourage building owners in the area to allow artists to use their walls to create beautiful work and liven up the look of the area, to be more colourful and inspiring for its residents and visitors.

Street Night Art will include:

  • Live art by local and international artists (here's the full line up)
  • Art pieces, some available for sale from renowned art galleries
  • Air-brush live-painting
  • Break-dance competitions
  • Beat boxing 
  • Open-mic sessions
  • Drum performances


The night promises to be the "largest outdoor gallery" stretching from 4B Street from Time Square mall to 15th Street. Here's a map I found on the Street Night Art site


Event details:
Date and time: Friday, 24th January 2014, from 6.00pm to midnight. 
Venue: Between 4B Street, Al Quoz Industrial 1 (next to Time Square Mall) to 15th Street, Dubai, UAE.
Free entry. 



Film Screening - Metro Manila

The Scene Club
, the monthly film club will screen Metro Manila on Wednesday, 15th January at 8pm.

Metro Manila is a British-Filipino independent film written, produced, directed and shot by Academy Award and Bafta-nominated British director Sean Ellis. It was entirely shot on location in the Philippines with Filipino cast and crew member.

The film received the Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and several other prizes, including Best Film and Best Director at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards and the Hamburg Film Critic Award for Best Film at the 2013 Filmfest Hamburg.

Lead actor Jake Macapagal will be attending the screening for Q&As. Tickets are complimentary, but you must register in advance and collect your ticket at the venue.

Seeking a better life, Oscar Ramirez and his family decide to move from the poverty stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippine mountain ranges and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila.

Upon arriving in the big city, it isn’t long before they fall foul to various city inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival.

Oscar lands a job as a driver for an armored truck company and is befriended by Ong, his senior officer. It soon becomes apparent that Ong has been waiting for the arrival of someone just like Oscar for some time. A few simple acts of kindness from Ong place Oscar in his debt; a debt that leads to blackmail as Ong forces Oscar to help him in a robbery of the company they both work for.



Event details 
Date: Wednesday, 15th January 2014
Time: 7.00pm – Ticket Collection and Networking | 8.00pm – Film screening | 10.00pm Q&A with Jake Macapagal
Language: Tagalog with English subtitles | Duration: 115 minutes | Rating: 18
Venue: Knowledge Village Auditorium, Dubai (location map)
Register for your ticket online.


Michael Rexen at The Fridge


Michael Rexen will be back in Dubai to perform at The Fridge on Wednesday, 8th January 2014. I've seen him perform before at The Fridge two years ago, where he was referred to as Michael Love Rexen, and the year before that with his band A Key is a Key. Both gigs are my top two favourite gigs at The Fridge and hoping this upcoming performance will be my 3rd favourite gig there. 

He does look very different in the image above compared to his last to Dubai, so I am not sure if there's a massive change of direction in his music or he has a new stage persona. Whatever the case, I am really looking forward to this gig. Expect quirky lyrics and experimental music. 

The email invite I received from The Fridge incuded this message, "a short hello from the artist himself, translated across binary from English to Haitian to Chinese and back": 

_Michael was a robust performer Rexen. Between composition and improvisation dancing. In the new world, Jasper offers only two traditional birth of Michael. Expanded, and a wave of new residents invited. Home, you and e-learning Rexen and read the music and songs of paperwork. Interactive Enregistrement knowledge and this is often around the Earth, as well as concerts with him. Most of their two latest video concert minutes on future use._


You can read more about Michael Rexen here. The clip below titled "The Sound of an Orange" features Michael Rexen and Andreas Bennetzen in a 38 minute performance of sound and music using electronic live looping, "the purpose is to sharpen your senses".

Not sure how the gig at The Fridge will compare to this, but guess you will have to go to find out. 



Event details
Date and time: Wednesday, 8th January 2014 (doors open at 7.30pm, show starts at 8.00pm) 
Venue: The Fridge, Al Quoz, Dubai (location map)
Phone: +9714 3477793 
Tickets: Dhs 50


Exhibition - Custodian of Vacancy: The Iranian Embassy in the USA by Eric Parnes at Ayyam Gallery

Eric Parnes, Empty Seat at Embassy Row, 2013

Custodian of Vacancy: The Iranian Embassy in the USA by Eric Parnes is a photography exhibition that opened on 16th December at Ayyam Gallery in DIFC

The exhibition includes a series of photos taken by Eric Parnes of the abandoned Iranian Embassy in Washington, DC. The building was officially closed in 1980 and still has a lot of the original furniture, chandeliers, photos and documents. 

I'm so glad we get to see a glimpse of the place through these photos. It's been a while where I've seen a series of photos that taught me something new, where I was fascinated by the subject. I strongly recommend you visit this exhibition and pick up the catalogue which has an intro written by Eric Parnes.  

Below is the exhibition write up, along with some of the photos from the series. I also recommend you listen to Eric Parnes talk about this series when he was recently interviewed by Andrew Hosie on Abu Dhabi Classic FM.


Silent and inaccessible, the Embassy of Iran in Washington, D.C. has been closed since the fall of the Shah and the US Embassy hostage crisis of 1979. In this unprecedented and unique opportunity, Eric Parnes ventures into the calm of this defunct institution, providing a rare glimpse into a world forgotten by history. Once a hub of American celebrity merged with, and immersed in, Persian culture, the Iranian Embassy's current uninhabited status still retains a particular rich aesthetic that captures the exclusive solitary nature of this institution.

Parnes’ photographs uniquely express a historic moment in time, while simultaneously conveying the immediacy in the artistic emotion of seclusion, by bringing the viewer to a magical space that was once celebrated and alive with vibrant festivities.


Eric Parnes, Last Dance, 2013

Though cushioned alongside the active homes of other standing diplomatic missions from countries on Embassy Row, the Iranian Embassy stands as a custodian of vacancy, having sat in forced solitude for the past 12,000 days. Yet crossing through the gates bearing the traditional Persian coat of arms emblem the Lion and Sun, the dust casts a layer of enchantment over this derelict residence. As if peering through a portal to another world, gilded mirrors and stained glass windows reflect a past in which expansive ballrooms echo the laughter and mingling of Hollywood celebrities, tycoons, socialites, diplomats, politicians and artists.


Eric Parnes, Hospitality, 2013 

Decadent soirees held by then-Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi were attended by the Shah and Shahbanu, her glittering tiara matched only by the brilliance of renowned beauties like Elizabeth Taylor. The glamour of Persia, its mysticism and exoticism was a rare world opened to the highest of American society in the 1970s, and just as quickly the doors were flung shut and forgotten.


Eric Parnes, Discarded Importance, 2013 

This Embassy has become figment of the imagination. Its interiors reflecting traditional elements of Persian folklore and design lie unbeknownst to the majority of Americans who live in its vicinity, and a faded memory to those who attended its vast receptions only four decades ago. This dissolution from the American consciousness is evident and palpable in the resulting grain quality of Parnes’ images, which capture the haunting quality and eery silence of each abandoned room.


Eric Parnes, Memory, 2013 

The majestic building of the Iranian Embassy stands today a living testament to what once was, a silent memorial that is neither recognised nor visited. Eric Parnes peers inside this rich by-gone culture and era as an outsider, an apt metaphor for an American-born Iranian reaching into his own dreams. 



To see what the Iranian Embassy looked like during its glory days, I urge you to look at this blogpost by The Polyglot. The Embassy hosted the glamourous and the glitterati, and looked like it was a place to see and be seen in. 



Exhibition details
Date: On till 30th January 2014, 10am-8pm Saturday to Thursday  
Venue: Ayyam Gallery, DIFC, Dubai (location map)
Free entry. 



[images via Ayyam Gallery


Exhibition: Do You See What I See at Cuadro

Michel Le Belhomme - The Blind Beast VI 

Do You See What I See is a new photography exhibition featuring four different series by Ammar Al-Attar, Ayla HibriFarah Al-Qasimi and Michel Le Belhomme. The exhibition is in Cuadro (located in DIFC in Dubai) and is on till 9th January, 2014. 

I visited this exhibition a couple of days ago, and found some of the photos quite striking, some that didn't say much, and a few that left me thinking. I will revisit this exhibition again and write a full review soon. In the meantime, here are some of the photos from the exhibition. If you are in the neighbourhood, do go and check it out. 


Ammar Al-Attar - Sibeel Water Series 

Ammar Al Attar - Sibeel Water VII

Ayla Hibri - Amir Asil Series 

Ayla Hibri - Amir Asil VII

Farah Al-Qasimi - Sunset Circus Series 

Farah Al-Qasimi - Living Room (Orleans, MA)

Michel Le Belhomme - The Blind Beast Series 

Michel Le Belhomme - The Blind Beast II


About the exhibition:

Often times we are unable to see what is in front of us. There are many reasons why we remain blind to our every day realities. Perhaps it is because we move too rapidly and are faced with more visual information than we can assess. Perhaps it is because we assume that through our past experiences we already know the genuine nature of the forms that cross our path.

Regardless of the reasons, our obliviousness towards our daily visual realities remains true. Consequently, contemporary photographic practices have become an essential means through which we explore and understand our surroundings.

A photograph suspends, amplifies, and offers for consideration a visual composition that the purveyor of the camera supposes to be essential. It is a suspended moment that has been removed from a linear context or sequence.

Consider the effect of stopping a film; the still persists until the movie begins again, but that moment is lost to the next as soon as the film begins again.  On the other hand, a photograph has no fear of being consumed by the next moment. It exists in a vacuum, for the long term. It is this sense of permanence that amplifies and aggrandizes the still image, inviting us to deconstruct the tableau presented to better consider the fleeting visual experience.
(via Cuadro)



Exhibition details
Date: On till 9th January 2014. Sunday-Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm | Saturday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Venue: Cuadro, DIFC, Dubai (location map
Free entry. 


Film Screening - Trashed

The Scene Club
, the monthly film club will screen the award winning documentary by Candida Brady, Trashed featuring Jeremy Irons this week, on Wednesday, 4th December at 8pm. 

Tickets are complimentary, but you must register in advance and collect your ticket at the venue.


TRASHED takes Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons on a journey from skepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope in a world full of waste, looking at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste.

The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. It is a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste pollution.

Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful, an interplay of human interest and political wake-up call. But it ends on a message of hope by showing how the risks to our survival can easily be averted through sustainable, non-polluting approaches that provide far more employment than the current standard waste industry methods.


Event details 
Date: Wednesday, 4th December 2013 
Time: 7.00pm – Ticket Collection and Networking | 8.00pm – Film screening 
Venue: Knowledge Village Auditorium, Dubai (location map)
Register for your ticket online. 


Dubai International Film Festival turns 10


On Sunday, 24th November 2013, I went to the Dubai International Film Festival press conference for the reveal of the film line up. 

Dubai International Film Festival turns 10 this year, so this year's edition which is on from 6th-14th December, is quite a milestone, and personally, I'm so happy that the age of cultural event in the UAE of this importance has now gone into two digits. 

DIFF's CEO Abdulhamid Juma looked back at the festival's goal and aims: 

  • Bridging culture
  • Focusing on Arab cinema 
  • Supporting the local film industry to develop and grow 
  • Celebrating Dubai, promoting it as a destination and centre for tourism, trade and culture 

The theme for the 10th edition of DIFF is "A Tribute to Arab Cinema" and will include 70 world premieres, 174 films from 57 countries in 43 languages, with more than 100 Arab films. 

There will be a few firsts this year: 

  • An Arab film will open the film festival, Omar by Hany Abu-Assad. Hany Abu Assad, is the only director to open DIFF on two occasions (his film Paradise Now was the opening film in 2005). 
  • There will be two red carpet gala screenings, compared to one in the previous editions.
  • Free open air screenings at the Burj Khalifa park called Screen on the Green
  • Cinematic Innovation Summit featuring leading names from Hollywood and Silicon Valley. 
  • Celebration of the top 100 Arab Films (based on a recent poll which I was proud to be part of).   
  • Workshops run by the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences
  • Lifetime Achievement Award that will for the first time go to a film critic, Samir Farid
  • The festival is longer this year, will run over nine days instead of the usual seven and will span over two weekends, which I think is a very good move.

I am really looking forward to this year's edition. I've attended each year, and this festival is very close to my heart, so I am happy to be celebrating it's 10th year and cannot wait for my movie marathon sessions between 6-14th December.

I will be sharing my top picks with you soon. Since this is the 10th edition, I will do someting different this year and share multiple lists of recommended films based on themes. So watch this space. 

For now, I leave you with this trailer collage of the films that will be screened at the festival.  


QUOZ 2013 

The second edition of QUOZ, a one day art festival taking place in Al Quoz is back this Saturday, 23rd November 2013. Last year's edition was a fun day out (you can read my review of it here), with a good turn out. I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store this year and hoping for an even bigger turn out. 

QUOZ is open to all ages and anyone interested in the arts arts and culture. Its aim is to give visitors an opportunity to discover the local arts scene and engage with the gallerists, artists, creatives and cultural minds in the community. 

The programme for this year's edition is bigger and will cover more than 30 venues with 40 events from 10am-10pm. The programme has been put together in partnership with Art Dubai and Dubai International Film Festival and will include exhibitions, music, dance, gallery guided tours where you will be able to meet the artists in some of the galleries, a pop up book shop, fashion, design, film screenings, panel talks, lectures and even a food market. 
Here are my top picks for the day which I hope will encourage you to attend and to spread the word:



10AM - 1PM 
Public Art Engagement at thejamjar

In collaboration with The Domino and the British Council, London-based muralist Nazir Tanbouli will feature at thejamjar leading live and interactive activities for visitors of all ages as part of the Art in the Public Realm scheme.  

12PM - 2PM 
Exhibition opening: Weaving Gaps at Empty 10 


In collaboration with 1x1 Art Gallery, Empty10 will present a solo exhibition of works including video and embroidered installations by Italian artist, writer and poet Cristiana de Marchi. 

Nostalgia: Souvenirs of the mind at Jamm Art Gallery  

Mohammed Al-Kouh, The Water Towers (2012)Mohammed Al-Kouh, Cinema Qarnata (2012)









A group exhibition of photography and paintings in which the artists explore a period or place with personal associations, in partnership with Al Bareh Art Gallery, Bahrain

Jamm Art Gallery  
Al Bareh Gallery  

Journey to Yemen at Total Arts 

Total Arts at The Courtyard invites you to explore this series of photographs which present Yemen through the lens of 13 acclaimed photographers and a filmmaker who travelled to the country in 2009. 

1PM - 3PM 
Open Day at The Courtyard Playhouse  


Art and theatre enthusiasts are invited to experience and participate in improvisation theatre, workshops, performances and more in this newly developed contemporary performing arts venue.

The Courtyard Playhouse is also running a crowd funding campaign to raise money to help to complete the space. You can read more about it here 

1PM - 4PM  
Capsule Arts Pop-Up Shop 

Exclusively for QUOZ, local artists will be working live in the studio and visitors will have the chance to buy a selection of limited edition art prints, alongside original art and design objects.  

M - 4PM  
Guided Tours

J+A Gallery

With a focus on 20th century design objects including rare Bauhaus and Art Deco pieces, explore the history of design with the gallery owners and curator Sebastian Jaroslawski. 

The Third Line 
Join The Third Line team for a detailed exploration of Sherin Guirguis’ work in the main gallery, whilst Raja’a Khalid will lead a walk through of her show ‘Southeast to Armageddon’ in the Project Space.  

Sherin Guirguis, Untitled (Bab Huda) - detail, 2013, Mixed Media on hand cut paper, 274.32 x 182.88 cm 


Sherin Guirguis 'Passages//Toroq' investigates post-colonial themes of political, cultural and social dogma and feminist activism within the framework of the Egyptian diaspora, both in the public and private spheres. Delving deep into the building blocks of culture and identity, specifically from the approach of a diaspora artist, she presents her interpretation of what it means to be defined by the transformative events of the moment.


Raja'a Khalid, American Envoy, 2013, Archival Inkjet Print, 37 x 30 inches

Raja'a Khalid's 'Southeast to Armageddon' showcases a small selection of images from the Middle East chapter of her ongoing 'Minor Histories Archive’ project. With an intention to question the objectivity of certain public documents, this body of work focuses on how the discovery of Middle Eastern oil in the 1930s was depicted in popular Western press at the time, and the American perception of Gulf oil companies in the forties and fifties.  

3PM - 6PM  
Guided Tours  

Carbon 12 

Curator/writer Katrina Kufer will provide a further insight into the works of Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer's 'Try To Reach the Goal Without Touching The Walls' whose artworks playfully explore space, motion and how we function in the world. 

Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde (IVDE) 

'Approaching Entropy' by Hassan Sharif, is a series of new works meticulously rendered on paper and assemblages of mass produced materials governed by chance and order. 

Green Art Gallery 

Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, Chronoscope, 1951, 11pm, 2009-2011. In collaboration with Media Farzin. (Installation view) | Single channel HD video installation inсl. screenplay booklets, sofa and table, 24:49 min, B & W, sound | Dimensions variable, Ed. 5 + 2AP. Photo: silversalt, courtesy of Artspace, Sydney

For the first time in the region, view the award winning video work 'Chronoscope 1951' by Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck alongside a guided tour by Director Yasmin Atassi of the group show 'Statue of Limitation' 


Grey Noise  

Ingrid Hora, Positions of how to lead

Gallery Director Umer Butt will lead a tour of ‘Dear Leader’, a solo show of new works by Ingrid Hora inspired by the relationship between individuals and masses, and between control and society. 

Lawrie Shabibi 

Nabil Nahas, Serendipity, 2013 Acrylic on canvas 304.8 x 152.4 cm 120 x 60 in

Head to Lawrie Shabibi and experience a collection of sumptuous 3D paintings by Lebanese artist Nabil Nahas, from his series ‘Fractals’ and ‘Galactic’.  



Guided Tour

Gulf Photo Plus 

Jaime Puebla, Comic Con. Dubai, 2012

There will be a guided tour of the recently opened photography exhibition, Cabinet of Curiosities featuring a refreshing perspective of the UAE as captured by locally based photographer, Jaime Puebla.  




4PM - 5.30PM
Premiere of A.I.R Dubai 2013

The screening will take place in A4 Pop-Up Space.




In the lead-up to Art Dubai and Sikka Art Fair each year, the Artists in Residence (A.i.R.) program brings together three Emirati artists, three international artists and a curator-in-residence for an intensive period of collaborative work and exchange.

In this documentary commissioned by Tashkeel, award-winning filmmaker Mahmoud Kaabour explores the creative inspirations and aspirations of the 2013 resident artists: Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Reem Falaknaz, Ammar al Attar, Joe Namy, Dina Danish, and Yudi Noor, working alongside curator Bérénice Saliou. The film explores the influence of urban space on these artists, from London, Amsterdam and Beirut to Dubai's Al Fahidi heritage area with its famous wind-towers and courtyards.

The residents' diverse artistic voices and media provide a colorful and dynamic entry point to the contemporary art scene of Dubai, with insightful commentary from the four partners behind the annual A.i.R. residency program: Tashkeel, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Art Dubai and Delfina Foundation (London).

5.30PM - 7PM
Panel Discussion in A4 Pop-Up Space: Indie Print Publishing in the UAE 



Campus Art Dubai in partnership with DCAA will bring together editors to debate the role of print in the digital world, critique versus citizen journalism and telling locally relevant stories. 

The Fridge  

Dance Performance and Lecture  

'I Laban You!' is short dance-lecture-performance about the meaning of one word. 
Choreographer and performer Monica Antezana was once asked to make a dance piece about what interested her at that moment. She had in mind two topics to investigate: a famous dance person or her favorite food.

She started researching both topics. Thanks to one tiny detail she discovered that she could fuse both topics into one! That is how Monica put words, science, music, symbols and objects on the move. The Bible, Southeast Asia politics, ghosts, pens, bacteria. 

I love the title of this and actually can't wait to see this. 



The Fridge 

Live Music 


Dubai's hottest new ambient-electro outfit Parallel Sound System will take the stage with a guest appearance from The Boards.




7.30PM - 10PM

Film Screenings hosted by Dubai International Film Festival

Two films will be screened in the A4 Pop-Up Space.

'Silence: All Roads Lead to Music', a film featuring four musicians who meet for the first time. 



'Daddy ABC', an animated short that follows an Emirati father as he is left to care for his new-born child.

All Day 
Art Animations at Salsali Private Museum

View art animations in the cinema installation, part of the 'Cinema', an exhibition of cinema-related works. 


Hope some of the above will encourage you to go QUOZ on Saturday. I leave you with this video of highlights from last year's QUOZ. If you are in Dubai, please don't miss this year's edition. 


Exhibition: Cabinet of Curiosities by Jaime Puebla

© Jaime Puebla, Comic Con. Dubai, 2012


Jaime Puebla is a photographer based in the United Arab Emirates. He's been working for The National newspaper for the past six years and alongside his job as a Staff Photographer, he also documents the unusual within the United Arab Emirates. 

His personal projects focus on documenting everyday events, presenting them in an extraordinary and surreal light. Inspired by the likes of Josef Koudelka and William Eggleston, he highlights curious moments, emphasizing them with minimalist sensibilities.

Jaime Puebla will have his first solo exhibition, Cabinet of Curiosities opening on 18th November at Gulf Photo Plus and will run till 19th December 2013. There will also be a guided tour of the show on Saturday 23rd November at 6pm.

Presented in the form of a collection as early as the sixteenth century, a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ aimed to bring attention to peculiar items; matters yet to be defined.

A precursor to today’s museums, these ‘wonder rooms’ exhibited objects the collector found stimulating; items that could appear mundane to some, and extraordinary to others.

Puebla’s collection of photographs captured within the UAE look beyond the obvious, instead depicting subtleties discovered off the beaten path. 


© Jaime Puebla, Halloween party, Dubai, 2012


Puebla’s compositions demonstrate an extraordinary eye for color, paired with minimalist sensibilities resulting in images that immediately seize your attention, yet allow your imagination to wander.

From the bizarre to the banal, the beautiful to bewildering, Puebla photographs the UAE’s endless barrage of visual hyperboles, peaking the viewer’s interest yet withholding the ending to each narrative. 

© Jaime Puebla, Government conference, Dubai, 2011


I was not familiar with Jaime's work till now and based on these photos (I love the one from Comic Con), I can't wait to see the rest of this series.



Event details
Opening night: Monday, 18th November at 7.30pm. Exhibition will run till Thursday, 19th November.
Guided tour on Saturday, 23rd November at 6pm
Venue: Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue,  Unit D36, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (location map)


Jung Lee at Green Art Gallery

Jung Lee, I Want To Be Your Love, 2012, C-type Print, 136 × 170 cm


Korean artist Jung Lee has a solo exhibition in Green Art Gallery that is on till 12th November 2013.

I visited the gallery yesterday and quite liked the images. They are very atmospheric, with a sense of reflection (I do wish there was more written material about each image).  

Below are some of the photos that can be found at the exhibition, including the gallery's write up explaining Jung Lee's series. 


Working across sculpture and photography, the exhibition will present works from both her Aporia and Day and Night Series.

Aporia, meaning “coming to a dead end” in Greek, was inspired by Roland Barthes’s “A Lover’s Discourse” that tells the story of the ineptitudes of people in love. According to Barthes, when one falls in love the beloved becomes a mystery and one will ceaselessly try to figure out the reasons for their mysterious feelings. The desire to express one’s love produces lies and conflicts leading to a dead end.


Jung Lee, How Could You Do This To Me?, 2011, C-type Print, 136 x 170 cm


For Lee, those empty phrases reveal the solitude and sorrow of modern people today.

Inspired by Barthes’s close reading of desire and love, Lee slows everything down patiently analyzing that most intense and overwhelming of states, unanswered desire - the language of complete love and the deep solitary state it throws the lover into. 

Jung Lee, I still Remember, 2010, C-type Print, 136 x 170 cm


Collecting cliched expressions of love and hatred- very much like Barthes’s collections of of hesitations, stammerings and gasps- Lee places them in deserted landscapes in the form of neon text sculptures, mimicking cold neon signs so often found in cities.


Jung Lee, I Dream Of You, 2012, C-type Print, 170 x 136 cmJung Lee, Day and Night #3, 2012, C-type Print, 175 × 140 cm















The result is a group of beautiful and melancholy empty landscape photographs, contrasting sentimental phrases such as “I still remember”, “Once in a lifetime” and “How could you do this to me?”, with stark layouts of deserted plains or barren snow fields.  

Jung Lee, Why? #2, 2010, C-type Print, 136 x 170 cm 

In the works entitled Day and Night, Lee focused on 'God' and 'Love' as the two main words reflecting her interpretation of Dante's Divine Comedy where he highlighted the belief that true faith and love would lead you to heaven.

Lee produces a cluster of those “divine” words and places them floating over the sea as reproductions or in a heap, demonstrating one’s desire to salvation.   


Jung Lee, Day and Night #2, 2012, C-type Print, 140 x 175 cm


Thus Lee’s constructed photographs evoke amorous intensity with a coolness that enables the viewers to find their own way into this world, to have their memories stirred, to consider what it means to be alive in time. 


Jung Lee, The End, 2010, C-type Print,100 x 125 cm




Event details
Date: Exhibition is on till 12th November 2013, Saturday-Thursday 10.00am-7.00pm
Venue: Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Street 8 (location map)

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