4 Arab Artists to Watch, According to the Guggenheim

The UAE-based future art stars you’ll want to know

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From music festivals and runway shows to art exhibitions – 2020 is the year that everything went digital. And the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is the latest institution to adopt the post-lockdown trend, making a home for their newest exhibition on the internet. 

Entitled In the Studio, the new show is keeping things local by showcasing works created by a handful of UAE and Abu-Dhabi based artists of Arab descent. The month-long exhibition will see the work of Iraqi artist Rand Abdul Jabbar, Bahraini-American artist Nasser Al Zayani, and Emirati artist Maitha Abdalla, as well as Hashel Al Lamki—all of whom are based out of Abu Dhabi. 

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Due to open July 21, the show allows audiences the opportunity to dive into the life and work of the young Arab artists through a series of studio visits and interviews.

“In the Studio is an opportunity for us to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the arts during these difficult times when seeing art in person might not be possible for many,” stated Maisa Al Qassimi, Senior Project Manager of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Maitha Abdalla will allow online attendees the chance to see Bait 15, the artist-run studio she founded alongside Hashel Al Lamki and Afra Al Dhaheri. Abdalla will, of course, showcase her work in the virtual exhibition, featuring pieces that explore themes of folklore, memory and travel. 

Rand Abul Jabbar’s installation primarily focuses of the cultural and architectural heritage of Iraq. Meanwhile Emirati artist Al Lamki will have a variety of multidisciplinary work on show exploring themes of environmental and philanthropic practices.

Utilising materials ranging from sand to glass. Bahraini artist Nasser Al Zayani will present a number of projects which each transform the materials into bodies of work that explore the concepts of places and moments. 

In the Studio, July 21- August 18, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

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