Paper planes

Part futuristic, part archival, Amba Sayal-Bennett’s ambiguous diagrams are whatever you make of them


If the works in Amba Sayal-Bennett’s solo exhibition Plane Maker at Carbon 12 gallery remind you of something, that’s because they should. These drawings, projections and sculptures have been created to resemble blueprints or diagrams of objects, though the objects they resemble don’t actually exist.

Essentially, what they are, and what they mean to the viewer, is whatever the viewer projects onto them. What Sayal-Bennett is most interested in, is what the viewer makes with the images; what they see and what they believe them to be.

In this sense, the objects only really exist after interpretation has taken place, and interpretations differ from person to person.

It’s all about individual associations. What the objects actually are – and for that matter, whether they really exist – is besides the point. Their significance is the association that each viewer makes. What memories do the pieces bring up? What personal connection does each person make with each drawing?

In this show, the relationship between the art and the person viewing it is constantly shifting, and therefore, the piece itself is always changing. This all might sound complicated, but what it really boils down to is the essence of any work of art: it is what the beholder makes of it.

This is Sayal-Bennett’s first solo show in the city, but you may have spotted her work at Art Dubai earlier in the year. She’s also no stranger to London’s Saatchi Gallery. And while we can’t tell you what to expect from Paper Planes, we reckon you’ll conjure up some peculiar and perhaps unparalleled images and perceptions of your own. Go see.
Free. Until Sep 5. Open Sat-Thu 11.30am-7pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

Three more Cultural activities to try
Hit the stage

Learn acting from the Theatre Director of Paris-Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi.
Dhs1,200. Jul 24 to Aug 5. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, (055 589 9699).

See pizza, pasta and art

An exhibition by street artist Justin McMahon titled The Italian Job is on at Andiamo!. Italian food and art? Yes, please.
Free. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 1234).

See a bollywood show

Jaan-e-Jigar on at Rajmahal Theatre features glittering costumes, energetic dance and a fun storyline.
From Dhs95. Bollywood Parks, Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali (800 262 9464).

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