Art Exhibition - Three Generations
December 2, 2013 – March 31, 2014
Area between Q (Glickman) and G buildings
An artist’s creative voice can communicate across borders and bridge cultural gaps. In the United Arab Emirates, artists use different media to explore the identity of the people of this relatively young country in a region steeped in history. Inviting cultural dialogue and a better understanding of the customs and viewpoints of Emirati artists, Three Generations offers a unique opportunity for viewers.
In the swiftly changing environment of the UAE, familiar customs and practices are often affected by popular culture. The artists represented here are at varying points in their careers, but share an interest in investigating the dichotomy between conventional and new forms of expression and identity.
The variety of media used by these contemporary artists speaks to the diversity of Emirati heritage and the impact of globalism. Traditional calligraphy is transformed into pictorial landscapes in Abdul Aziz Mohammad Saeed Al Fadli’s drawings. Natural materials are used to evoke the passage of time and memory in the mixed media works of Mohammad Al Astad. Conversely, international widget symbols enhance a simple garment in Karima Al Shomaly’s painting; Ebtisam Abdulaziz explores the impact of consumerism on identity in a performance art video, and in emerging artist Saoud Al Dhaheri’s work, the regal falcon is embellished with bling. Using iconic images such as da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, sunglasses, burqas, and ATMs, the artists here combine their worldview to bring a fresh understanding of life in this part of the Arabian peninsula. Three generations of artists give us insight into how the transition to modernity balances with tradition.
This exhibition is presented by the Cleveland Clinic Art Program and Global Arts & Medicine Institute in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative of the Western Region. Three Generations is supported by Mubadala Healthcare’s Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
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Images L to R: Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi, State of Mind, 2011, Digital Image; Dana Al Mazrouei, Reflection, 2012, Acrylic 3D & acrylic paint; Abdul Aziz Mohammad Saeed Al Fadli, Number 9, 2013, Acrylic on canvas with gold leaf (All images courtesy of the artists)
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