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LAST CHANCE Kamrooz Aram, Lubna Chowdhary, Ali Kazim, Anwar Jalal Shemza, Mohan Samant, Lionel Wendt

14 March


International cooperation between galleries seems a realistic response to the new realities of the late-period-pandemic art ecosystem. This group exhibition at Green Art Gallery, presented in collaboration with Jhaveri Contemporary, is the Dubai gallery’s first such endeavour, encouraging the evaluation of existing models in exhibition making ad in the art market more generally.

Jhaveri Contemporary was formed in 2010 by sisters Amrita and Priya to represent artists whose work is informed by South Asian connections; the Mumbai-based Gallery’s dedication to original scholarship and carefully curated shows that often place established artists in dialogue with emerging voices resonates with Green Art Gallery’s own approach.

The practices of Anwar Jalal Shemza (b. India, 1928 – 1985) and Kamrooz Aram (b. 1978 Shiraz, lives and works in NY)s are both concerned with the historically complicated relationship  between ornamental art and modernist abstraction. Similarly ceramist Lubna Chowdhary (b.1964, Tanzania, lives and work in London) works with clay to create tiled pieces that challenge historical ideas around form, design and ornament; her interest in architecture is reflected in the haphazard variety of curves, points and angular shapes that suggest the skyline of a city that sits between east and west.

The exhibition includes another intergenerational pairing between Pakistani artist Ali Kazim (b.1979, Pattoki) and Ceylonese photographer Lionel Wendt (1900–1944). Both artists are preoccupied with the work of the body and portraits of solitary and ordinary men and women; their protagonists are reservoirs of mystery, absorbed in reverie, in inner places of truth and stillness.

In line with both galleries’ interest in researching and exhibiting Arab and South Asian modernist practices, works from Mohan Samant (b. Bombay, 1924 – 2004) are also included in the exhibition. Samant was a member of the short-lived Progressive Artists’ Group alongside FN Souza, SH Raza, and MF Husain. His work explores the boundaries between painting and other disciplines, including sculpture, drawing, and architecture, deploying unusual materials that challenge the distinctions between high and low art, art and craft.


14 March
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