Through an ongoing collection of artworks and installations, the fittingly named ‘Souk Seven’ – including artists Amalie Beljafla, Amrita Sethi, Mona Fares, Zeinab Al Hashemi, Noora Al Mazroui, Laila Masri and Fathima Mohiuddin – will narrate the emirate’s history.
As a taste of what each of the artists have done, Beljafla has used oil and acrylic paint to create a “surreal, dreamlike and powerful” mural titled ‘Noor Zayed’, or light of Zayed, while Sethi’s signature voice note art uses acrylic paints to capture the soundwave pattern of ‘Souk Madinat Jumeirah’.
Mohiuddin has used wall paint, acrylic and brushes to reference local bird species, the sun, moon, stars and Arabic mosaics, while Mona Fares’ mixed media piece uses a host of art materials inspired by the colours and textures of the UAE landscape.
Exploring the link between the natural and industrial, Zeinab Al Hashemi’s piece uses reinforced metal mesh, wooden palm tree mesh and LED lighting, while Noora Al Mazroui uses a vinyl laser cut printer to create a mixed media piece of lines and patterns inspired by falcons and aspects of Emirati heritage.
Finally, Laila Masri has used oils, acrylic paint and inks in a mixed-media piece which echoes the beauty and richness of colour found in souk culture and arts and crafts from the region.
“Souk Madinat Jumeirah is an iconic destination that continues to connect visitors with a traditional Arabian experience blended with modern glamour and amenities,” said CEO Dubai Retail Nabil Ramadhan.
“This exciting art project adds another fully immersive and memorable experience while celebrating seven of the city’s finest contemporary artists.”
The art pieces can now be seen throughout Madinat Jumeirah, and be sure to check back, as they collection will continue to grow over the next few months.
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