Finally able to visually fiddle and explore through one’s influences, inspirations and thoughts, the region’s creatives are being summoned back to their art rooms — socially distanced of course — to showcase and highlight their works and experiments. And with summer finally peaking its nose, the art world seems ready to finally launch its new season.
With most of the industry having been put on halt since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic back in March 2020, most installations had to be postponed to further notice. It seems that ‘further notice’ is happening now.
At the heart of the emirate, Dubai-based organisation, Alserkal Avenue, is taking a head-start in beaming and of introducing the region’s many talents to the world. Looking for a way to get the stress of this past year off your shoulders? These are the expos you won’t want to miss.
The Emirati art hub will be revealing Yazan Abu Salameh’s Cemented Sky, an exhibition focussing on the artists identity as Palestinian while paying tribute to the whole struggle of living by the Israeli apartheid wall which has had an ‘apparent effect on Abu Salameh’s artistic approach’. In a gesture to Ghassan Kanafani’s novel “Men in the Sun”, Yazan’s unique sense of use of various materials to display his distress have made his events one of the unmissable ones of the summer.
July 7 – August 21, 2021
The word strata can vaguely be translated from Latin to “something that has been laid down”, a layer that is the collective’s main focus through this installation. Featuring works by Asaad Arabi, Abdul-Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Farzad Kohan, Mouteea Murad, Tammam Azzam, and Thaier Helal, the abstract by nature exposition will aim at showcasing the artists broad and overall struggles and triumphs.
June 1 – September 10, 2021
Try to Catch the Moon
Alserkal will be spotlighting Amir Khojasteh’s latest solo exhibition titled ’Try to catch the moon’. Exploring the expressionist depth of human nature through oil brushes, but not just, to juxtapose the ‘impossibility of this physical endeavour, and simultaneously, the triumphant overcoming thereof’.
May 31 – September 6, 2021