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11 November 2018


The Jameel Arts Centre’s opening exhibition is highly apposite for the Gulf: it’s a group show bringing together artists and collectives from the region and beyond in an exploration of oil as an agent of social, cultural, economic and geopolitical change across the Middle East and North Africa.

This exhibition features the works of contemporary artists that engage with the oil industry’s murky archives and histories, narrating an alternate and episodic material history of modernity in the region. The exhibition also includes works that reflect on some of the specific technologies and materialities that oil has enabled – from drill bits and automobiles to synthetic petroleum products– and their longstanding sociological, cultural and environmental effects.


Latif Al Ani
Manal AlDowayan
Monira Al Qadiri
Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck
Media Farzin
Khalid Al Gharaballi
Nanu Al-Hamad
Abdullah Al-Mutairi
Fatima Al Qadiri
Monira Al Qadiri
Aziz Al Qatimi
Barrak Alzaid
Amal Khalaf
Raja’a Khalid
Lydia Ourahmane
Houshang Pezeshknia
Monira Al Qadiri
Hassan Sharif
Wael Shawky
Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi
Rayyane Tabet
Hajra Waheed
Michael John Whelan
Lantan Xie
Ala Younis

Crude is curated by Murtaza Vali, a regular on the UAE art scene; recent projects include curating the 2013 Abraaj Group Art Prize, Accented at the Maraya Art Centre in 2015, and shows for Mohammed Kazem (Aicon Gallery, 2018) and Vikram Divecha (Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, 2017). He is a Lead Tutor of Campus Art Dubai 7.0 and a member of Art Jameel’s Curatorial Council.

To 23 March.

Above: Monira Al Qadiri, Flower Drill, 2016. Courtesy of the artist 


11 November 2018
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