Tashkeel sent out the call for UAE-based artists to share their internal dialogue. The team wanted to know what those who live, breathe and create in this city spend their time mulling over, and how that could be articulated visually.
The response was massive, with almost 150 artists responding. From that arty mass, Lateefa bint Maktoum has curated 43 of those artists into this huge show. We’ve only seen a couple of samples of what’s in there, but it’s diverse, with 19 different countries represented.
Omran Alowais presents an image of two Arabs touching noses, created from the most simple of block pixels, while Abdul Akbar Ibrahim’s oil creation shows an elemental, almost mythological scene where a grey figure is seen building an ever rising and precarious tower of stones. Overhead a mosquito watches, threatening to strike his outstretched hand at any second.
In curating the show, Lateefa bint Maktoum was interested in how our internal dialogues manifest themselves in the world. Her selection of artists explore a non-verbal form of communication, or what she calls ‘a creative voice that could speak as loud as words.’ A good, healthy insight into just how many artists are practising in the country right now.
Tashkeel (04 336 3313), Nad Al Sheba. Until April 30.