Personal Landscapes: The Indigeneity of Immigrant Peoples
Albareh Gallery's Exhibition at Abu Dhabi Art
November 8 – 11, 2017
Albareh Art Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in Abu Dhabi Art with a curated show titled Personal Landscapes: The Indigeneity of Immigrant Peoples. This exhibition presents the works of seven artists: Abed AlKadiri, Ghada Khunji, Mohammed Omar Khalil, Resmi Al-Kafaji, Semaan Khawam, Annie Kurkdijian, and Mehdi Moutashar in a context that will 'engage the viewer through metaphor, symbolism and aesthetics. It will be an exhibition exploring the shared experience of dislocation and the relationship between immigrants and their past landscapes. It enlists the ensuing separation as a catalyst for the interrogation of the social, political, and economic processes that are destabilizing communities.'
The artists bring to the exhibition a wealth of diverse experiences of immigration that inform their art, from Mehdi Moutashar, whose work is influenced by two aesthetics: the western geometric abstraction, and Islamic decorative motives, to Mohmmed Omar Khalil, whose complex relationship with colour began in his native Sudan, where 'there was no colour.' It was only when he moved to Florence, to study, where he discovered the vividness and saturation of colour, and Resmi Al Kafaji who, 'through his art, a rich blend of memories interpreted in a combination of different styles, [he] demonstrates the universality of art.'
The detached self-observation of Semaan Khawam's work contrasts with the warm introspective self-portraiture of Ghada Khunji, who, after many years of documentary photography fueled by world travel, has decided to turn the lens on herself.
The intensely personal, falsely whimsical work of Annie Kurkdjian, translates 'the horrors and trauma of war' into 'warm spaces of metaphor and embodiment' in deeply personal works while Abed AlKadiri 's interpretation of the same war has led to the production of work whose focus is the deprivation of freedom in society, analyzing such issues as violence, cultural heritage, migration and belonging.
Abu Dhabi Art will take place on November 8-11 in Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi.