A group show with substance

Green Art Gallery’s summer exhibition showcases some of the finest artists from the Levant under one roof.


Few Dubai galleries bring out their big guns in the hotter months because of key investors jetting off on holiday. That said, group shows become popular, with many galleries gathering their unsold works from the season before. And, with a lack of contemporary art museums in our city, we’re thirsty for the diversity on show. Our pick of the bunch is Green Art Gallery’s Sneak Postview exhibition.

Ahmad Moualla

Painter, 52, Syria
Cost of his work:
around Dhs140,000 for larger pieces

Moualla originally studied calligraphy, although early on in his career he stepped away from this and focused on the figurative. Now, as so many artists do later in life, he has combined both – his expressionistic works are slowly being invaded by the presence of Arabic script. His crowded canvases jump from hellish to uplifting in the blink of an eye.

Chaza Charafeddine

Collage artist, 46, Lebanon
Cost of her work: around Dhs3,300

After only recently taking up the visual arts, Charafeddine’s series of photo collages, called ‘Trans-cenders’, combines historical influences such as Persian miniatures with ideals of aesthetic beauty. The half-horse, half-human figure in her works is based on the Buraq – the mythical creature who carried the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Mecca to Jerusalem.

Nazif Topçuo˘glu

Photographer, 57, Turkey
Cost of his work:
around Dhs99,500

This Turkish photographer’s eerily unreal works (they look almost like oil paintings) have set the art world alight. He claims his images, which feature adolescent girls, are ‘provocative’ but ‘not exploitative’; there are also references to art history in the painterly light that hits his subjects.

Tagreed Darghouth

Portrait artist, 29, Lebanon
Cost of her work: from Dhs5,500 to Dhs29,500 depending on size

This young artist’s portraiture has the same quality of realism without perfection seen in Van Gogh’s earlier work. She has always taken it upon herself to explore controversial domestic issues in Lebanon – some of her works explore the role of domestic workers in the country, while her ‘Mirror, Mirror’ pieces depict women and men during the stages of plastic surgery. The most common is when the bandages are still on, begging the question of whether the surgery will be a success in the eye of the beholder.
Sneak Postview continues at Green Art Gallery until September 25

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