Ceramic eggs and social comment with the Dubai-based artist
What: Les Contradictions De La Vie by Cheikhou Bâ. Where: Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. When: Monday January 14.
I was very relieved to have the services of my driver on Monday, because parking looked impossible with all the crowds – Alserkal Avenue was hosting eight openings in one evening. When I finally entered Mojo Gallery, I was struck by the dynamic, compositions by Geneva-based Seneglalese artist Cheikhou Bâ. His collection aimed to decode the question of ‘how to a better person’ – something I ask myself daily.
After chatting to gallery owner Kurt Blanckenberg, I noticed everybody seemed fascinated by a particular monochrome installation, made up of a mass of white eggs. I decided to seek out the artist: when I found Bâ, he explained the eggs were ceramic and had taken him three months to create from moulds. The concept behind this ‘Walking on Eggs’ installation was to make this expression a reality. The ceramic eggs represented how we walk on eggs throughout our life, making us question how this has inhibited us.
The place was packed: I spotted a busy scene for my first inking, with the ceramic eggs in the foreground, and quickly snapped it.
I caught up with my dear friend Yanni Wong, founder of Yanni Ladies and Gents Salon, who had an amazing updo with a touch of electric blue in the back. I immediately knew Yanni would have to be inked – she looked like a piece of art. I then chatted with artist Lan Stanley, Jodie Cummings from Art House Dubai and Marcela Danielova, who was accompanied by renowned couturier Nariman Zeidan.
After an evening of absorbing intellectual art, it was time to leave. It had been a great success: an artistic social event. On the way home I flicked through my pics and couldn’t wait to get started. For more of Hatty’s sketches and blog, see www.hattypedder.com.