Tarek Al-Ghoussein, ‘Windows on Work 3334’, 2015, Galerie Brigitte Schenk

Tarek Al-Ghoussein’s “Windows on Work” refer to the migrant workers in the UAE and show windows of their transportation buses at different times. His work explores the boundaries between landscape photography, self-portraiture and performance art. Choosing locations much in the same way a film director does, he moves between abstraction and the specific circumstances found in particular places. The current body of work "Windows on Work” extends the exploration by examining the "window" of the buses that transport the labourers as a place of both, representation and performance.

About Tarek Al-Ghoussein

In performative photographs and evocative images of landscapes, Tarek Al-Ghoussein explores personal, as well as more widespread, associations with the Middle East. A Palestinian raised in Kuwait and the United States, Al-Ghoussein initially worked as a documentary photographer and photojournalist. His images position distinctively Middle Eastern sites, such as Kuwaiti construction projects or Arabian deserts, against the charged symbols of his heritage, such as walls or the keffiyeh. In his recent “D Series,” Al-Ghoussein photographs himself dwarfed amidst desert expanses, or against fabric walls demarcating new buildings. The wall functions, in his work, as a reference to the Israeli-Palestine conflict and a metaphor for displacement and barriers to cultural heritage.

Palestinian, b. 1962, Kuwait

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Nevada Museum of Art, 
Reno, NV, United States,
K - Files and Swaber Series
2016
Galerie Brigitte Schenk, 
Cologne, Germany,
Windows on Work
2014
The Third Line, 
Dubai - United Arab Emirates,
K - Files
2014
Taymour Grahne Gallery, 
New York, United States,
K - Files
2013
(with Sami Mohammed), 55th Venice Biennial, 
Venice, Italy,
National Pavilion of Kuwait

Solo Shows

2017
Nevada Museum of Art, 
Reno, NV, United States,
K - Files and Swaber Series
2016
Galerie Brigitte Schenk, 
Cologne, Germany,
Windows on Work
2014
The Third Line, 
Dubai - United Arab Emirates,
K - Files
2014
Taymour Grahne Gallery, 
New York, United States,
K - Files
2013
(with Sami Mohammed), 55th Venice Biennial, 
Venice, Italy,
National Pavilion of Kuwait
2011
Khalfayan Galleries, 
Athens, Greece,
E Series
2010
Sharjah Art Museum, 
Sharjah - United Arab Emirates,
A Retrospective: Works from 2003 - 2010
2009
Kalfayan Galleries, 
Athens, Greece,
Tarek Al - Ghoussein Selected Works
2009
Self Portraits, 
Damascus, Syria,
Across the Borders
2009
The Third Line, 
Dubai - United Arab Emirates,
D Series
2009
Manarat Al Saadiyat, 
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates,
Disorientation II
2009
Galerie Brigitte Schenk, 
Cologne, Germany,
A, B, C & D Series
2009
Al - Mamal Foundation, 
Jerusalem, Israel,
In Absentia (Selected Works)
2008
Sharjah College of Fine Arts, 
Sharjah - United Arab Emirates,
Self Portrait, A, B, and C Series
2007
Sharjah College of Fine Arts, 
Sharjah - United Arab Emirates,
Self Portrait, A, B, and C Series
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