This January, Meem Gallery is delighted to present the work of three artists living and
working within the UAE; Asma Khoory, Salama Nasib and Sara Al Haddad.
This three-artist exhibition considers the complexities of memory and takes its title from the
landmark 1956 paper by George A. Miller, The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two:
Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information, published in Psychological Review,
discussing short-term memory and the storage of memories.
All three artists approach the concept of memory through their work; albeit in dramatically
different ways and techniques.
For Asma Khoory, the creation of a large-scale canvas work Recollection, created from
carefully dismantled and altered tea filter papers, acts like a map of time, with each square
representing a passing moment. A patchwork landscape of greys, browns and off-white
hues, enhanced by dust, tea and ink, mimic false age and explore aspects of deception that
can be found in memory. A smaller, sculptural work created using the same method, takes
the form of a solemn figure resting on a pedestal, seemingly exhausted by each passing
Shadow by Salama Nasib, is a self-conscious, personal series of work that focuses on
autobiographical memories. Using photolithography and blind embossing, the artist creates
intimate, detailed works depicting a sense of what is there, and what is not, and considers
how memories alter and fade over time. The creation of the work also informs the work
itself, the type of printmaking and embossing used is thoughtful and meditative, giving the
viewer time to consider the memories depicted while the works are created.
Sara Al Haddad confronts herself in the 2015 work, As You Try to Forget Me, presented in its
first iteration at the UAE Pavilion in Venice, 2015. This ever-changing work takes on new
meaning and shape depending on its location, created using a grey/black thick yarn,
crocheted into a weave loop that the artist first saw in a dream. Like memories themselves,
Al Haddad describes how the work itself is designed to develop and change over the
passing of time.