Visualizing Turning Points

Artsy Editors
Jun 18, 2014 7:54PM

Set my GPRS to find Nad Al Sheba area, then finding Tashkeel will be easier! After driving for 45 minutes from Media City to Nad Al Sheba, I found Tashkeel and the first thing that cought my attention was the serinety surrounding the hub, for a moment it didn’t feel like I was in busting Dubai especially in that particular week – Art Week 2014. The spacious building of Tashkeel can’t be lost once you reach the area, I went there to see Turning Point group exhibition by emerging artists from across the Middle East. But it was not a regular show, it has a story…

16 weeks ago, Tashkeel Hub announced through their social media an open call for artists based in the Middle East to participate in their upcoming exhibition “Turning Point”, that looks into creative processes that Tashkeel supports on a fundamental level, the turning points that occur on a cyclical bases in the lifetime of a project or work for the artists or designers. Turning Points was in collaboration with Van Cleef & Arpels and Design Days Dubai and entitles one winner selected from 14 nominated artists to enter the Middle East Emerging Artist Prize. The winner had the opportunity to travel to Paris & attend courses at L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels.

Few weeks later, Tashkeel Hub announced the nominated artists: Afra bin Dhaher, Alia Lootah, Alina Amer, Ammar Al Attar, Anood Obaidly, Hind Mezaina, Jessica Mein, Layla Juma, Maitha Demithan, Mobius, Mark Pilkington, Mohamed Hussein, Mohammed Hindash, Vikram Divecha and Walid Al Wawi.

The exhibition “Turning Point” opened to public on March 12, 2014 featuring contemporary artworks of selected artists varied from paintings, installations, photography, mixed media, audio and video art. On March 17th the winner of Middle East Emergent Artist Prize was announced, Indian artist based in Dubai Vikram Divecha.

Exhibition ran until April 30th, 2014. End of story. Well not exactly! (read full article at: www.almahha.com )

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