Maxi Cohen’s first solo show in the UAE is a collection of water art captured in the UAE that includes paintings, large format photographs, multimedia works, immersive installations, mixed-reality, and video furniture.
For 25 years Cohen’s engagement with water, as a medium, has involved filming and photographing rivers, oceans, springs, and waterfalls all around the world from Argentina to Zambia, Iceland to Antarctica. She came to Dubai during Expo 2020, to learn more about current climate change innovations and issues of global sustainability, and she discovered that the bodies of water in the UAE were none like she had experienced elsewhere in the world. “The greatest wonder was photographing in the Jubail Mangrove Park, where, when I arrived, there was no water and hours later, it flooded; an ever-changing landscape devoid of lushness, weirdly different, and ultimately inspiring. As I looked through my camera, the vegetation reminded me of Arabic calligraphy in the fluid way it curved and danced. When I saw the large-scale prints I had made from my photographs, I started to paint on their surfaces, calling on the spirit of water to speak through the art.”
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