Young Artists Are Taking Over Jameel Arts Centre


Year after year, Jameel Arts Centre consistently shows its commitment to empowering the youth. This year, even a pandemic hasn’t gotten in the way. The arts organization is back with a second edition of its ‘Youth Takeover’, this time bringing along 24 of the UAE’s brightest young artists to participate. 

Set to kick off on October 30 and run until November 16, the event will see a host of art interventions, workshops, talks and panel discussions take place.  This year, Jameel Arts Centre’s Youth Assembly—an experimental panel established by the centre in 2018 to empower 18-24-year-old creatives—has come up with the theme of ‘Reassigning Values’ for the exhibition.

The assembly is made up of nine young artists. Among them is artist and writer Aliyah Alawadhi who has previously exhibited at Sikka Art Fair, Arthur de Olivera, a Brazilian filmmaker and poet, and Indian artist Ashay Bhave, whose work has been seen at Tashkeel and Maisan15. Paraguayan-Colombian curator Daniel Rey, who has taken part in initiatives across the UAE, from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project, Warehouse421 to Abu Dhabi Art is also on the roster. 

Multimedia designer Dina Al Khatib is also part of the assembly alongside Palestinian artist Mohammad Mhaisen, award-winning architect Saad Boujane Palestinian-Jordanian artist Tala Yahya Khalil and UTR-studio founder Tasnim Tinawi. Each of the assembly members will present their own contributions to the exhibit. 

The majority of the takeover, however, will feature works and programmes by 24 other artists, each will use their preferred medium to respond to the Assembly’s theme. The works will be presented online, with a host of digital content hosted on the Assembly’s blog, Verticals.

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