East/East-East seeks to initiate an experimental East-arts narrative. The programme is predicated on a belief that this narrative requires a new approach, one which is neither delineated by Western institutions nor remains the sole, privileged domain of Western-focussed curators.
East/East-East champions a less stressful, more organic domain. This is the playful space carved out by shared geopolitical psychologies, the place where these idiosyncrasies are mapped, celebrated and nurtured. Uninterested in formulating responses to values emanating from galactic museums or art brokers, East/East-East will instead thrive off self-reflexive regional dialogues, using such insularity and rapprochement to find alternative approaches to art from the GGC, Levant, Pakistan, India, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.
In collaboration with a number of cultural organisations, arts enthusiasts and curators, East/East-East will investigate these new narratives with a series of exhibitions and initiatives in DUCTAC’s Gallery of Light throughout 2015–2016.
Women in Green, and Beyond
Meet & Greet the Artist | Book Signing
January 28, 2017, 5 – 7 PM
Artist, Mahwash Rehman will be showcasing 10 limited edition photographs from her recently published book ‘Women in Green, and Beyond’; alongside that she will be available for book signing.
‘Women in Green, and Beyond’ is a first of its kind book in Pakistan that celebrates women’s cricket team and recognizes the ever-growing self-belief and strength of character of Pakistani women. It highlights that women can stand parallel to men in any field.
The book is a visual narrative of the artist’s journey into the world of Pakistan’s women’s cricket team and spans over six years; during that time the narrative kept evolving, and thus there are multiple layers for the discerning viewer to sift through.
The artist considers her work a humble contribution to the changing global gender conversation and hopes that this book is able to bring the critical change in perception of women’s capabilities - not only in the field of cricket, but across disciplines in Pakistan - and beyond.
The Mess | memories between light and shadow by Pierre Abboud
Ferbruary 1st - 13th
Pierre Abboud brings his life-long fascination for light and shadow to his first major exhibition, ‘The Mess’. This exhibition features paintings and installations, has been over 30 years in the making and reflects Pierre’s career as a designer, interior designer, theatrical set designer, street artist, fresco painter and celebrated muralist in Lebanon. Whilst Pierre’s art is shaped by his experience of being raised in the grip of the Lebanese Civil War, his work goes beyond this and speaks on universal themes of finding meaning in destruction, and the hope in construction. When war finally ended, Pierre’s sentiments as an artist were formed by seeking the beauty in the remaining debris. Pierre was driven to make art of the destruction surrounding him, to show the beauty of the mess, harmony in what is disjointed. There is no doubt that Pierre is reflecting on experiences that shaped him, but the collection speaks on timeless themes of movement and hope. Central to the exhibition is a collection of paintings depicting various destroyed rooms in devastated houses; imprints through which to read the desires, fears, aspirations of constantly shifting communities. Whilst each of the works is distinct, all bear a unifying feature – an ingenious use of light and shadow – and the overall effect is extremely powerful.
Prior to "Is Old Gold?" Exhibition, DUCTAC brings you a four-part talk series which gathers diverse voices from across the UAE visual arts sector to interrogate core tenets of its orginis, development and contemporary existence.
See the following schedule:
Jan 24 at 7 pm | DUCTAC's Art Forum | Knowledge Transmission: from the Atelier to Remote Teaching – dominions of Ideas and Inheritance
Jan 31 at 7 pm | DUCTAC's Art Forum | Imitation, Plagiarism and Tribute: Recurrences in Visual Arts
Feb 7 at 7 pm | DUCTAC's Art Forum | The Validation System: Self-Sustainability or Foreign Acknowledgement? Feb 14 at 7 pm | DUCTAC's Art Forum | The Valley in Between: Generational Disconnections, Divergent Agendas or a Possible Continuity
Is Old Gold?
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Predicated on curious desire to locate the spirit of experimentation that was present in the genesis of UAE avant-garde contemporary art practice, ‘Is Old Gold?’ indirectly questions if, how and why this narrative has been aborted, lost or evolved and if it can or should be recovered in the current context.
In a comparative experiment that takes the form of a fictional narrative, two artists from the contemporary ‘younger’ generation of Emirati artists were assigned to work separately on a ‘character’ from the ‘5 UAE’. The experimental, productive structure of the exhibition reflects on the atelier atmosphere of innovative exchange initiated by Hassan Sharif and transmuted and sustained by four of his students – Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Mohammed Kazem, Abdullah Al Saadi and Hussain Sharif.
This hypothetical experimental structure, wryly reminiscent of a family tree, is the result of perceived dislocation between these generations and seeks to describe the qualities of this creative, methodological and pedagogical gap. ‘Is Old Gold’ posits that the gap has emerged due to disparate socio-political concerns, was opened by the UAE’s rapidly shifting contexts, or else is the result of other, more inherently personal, motivations and choices.
'Is Old Gold?' straddles this gap, presenting creative acts of remembrance and reconsideration alongside games of fantasy and, equally telling, utterly disconnected pieces that are the product of defiance or disengagement.
Curated by Cristiana de Marchi and Muhanad Ali, participating artists are: Hassan Sharif, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Taqwa Al Naqbi, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Maitha Abdalla, Amal Al Khaja, Mohammed Kazem, Jumairy, Moza Almatrooshi, Abdullah Al Saadi, Fatima Albudoor, Hind Mezaina, Hussain Sharif, Alaa Edris and Alia Lootah.