LAST CHANCE Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2021
27 MarchGeneral admission AED 60
The exhibition for the seven artists shortlisted for The Richard Mille Art Prize:
Nasser Alzayani (born 1991) is a visual artist from Bahrain. He has been shown in a number of group exhibitions, including the Jameel’s 2020 Youth Takeover and Warehouse421’s impressive Bayn: The InBetween in 2017. He is a SEAF alumnus and has held the Cultural Foundation Art Residency in Abu Dhabi for 2021.
Mays Albaik (born 1991) is an interdisciplinary visual artist from Palestine, working in performance, video, and installations. She’s another graduate of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship, has participated in several group shows, and had her first solo exhibition, A Terranean Love Note, at Tashkeel earlier this year. That was particularly good; there’s much to say about the situation in Palestine, but Albaik’s exploration of points of contact between the self and ‘placehood’ – constructed sites of physical residence, digital spaces or ancestral homelands that define our relationship to geography – was especially thoughtful (and thought-provoking). Mays Albaik is also one of the artists commissioned to show new work in Abu Dhabi Art’s Beyond: Artist Commissions programme this year.
Tarek Al-Ghoussein (born 1962) is a Palestinian/Kuwaiti visual artist and currently Director of the Master of Fine Arts degree programme at NYU Abu Dhabi. He has work in a stellar roster of by museums worldwide (among them the Guggenheim New York, Smithsonian, V&A, British Museum, Mori Art Museum Tokyo, and Doha’s Arab Museum of Modern Art) and in notable collections here – Sharjah Art Foundation, ADMAF, Barjeel Art Foundation, Art Jameel. He’s also taken part in a number of group exhibitions and has had several solo shows – including this year’s Odysseus, an ongoing photographic series documenting islands off the coast of Abu Dhabi which creates a dreamlike and slightly disorienting narrative.
Mohammed Kazem (born 1969) is a visual artist from the United Arab Emirates, working in video, photography, and performance. He’s probably the best known of the Art Here cohort, a long-standing member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society and one of the ‘Five’, an informal group of Emirati artists (who also included Hassan Sharif, Abdullah Al Saadi, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim and Hussain Sharif), who effectively defined contemporary art practice in the UAE. He has exhibited widely, including solo shows at (most recently Inifinite Angles at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde in 2020); and along with the rest of the Five he was included in NYUAD Art Gallery’s seminal 2017 show But We Cannot See Them.
Cristiana de Marchi (born 1968) is an Italian/Lebanese visual artist, writer and curator who lives and works between Dubai and Beirut. Her practice has used performance, video, and installations of embroidered objects and tapestries to consider the power and influence of words and the possibilities of word associations. She has long been active in the UAE art scene, her work has been presented internationally, and a few years ago we were impressed by her participation with Monira Al Qadiri in a 1×1 show titled Melting the Sky.
Taus Makhacheva (born 1983) is a visual artist originally from Russia. She creates works that explore the restless connections between historical narratives and fictions of cultural authenticity, a pertinent approach to issues of borders, migration, national identity and refugees. She’s had solo shows around Europe and has exhibited in several Biennials including Lahore in 2020, the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale of 2019, and Manifesta 12 in 2018. Along with Mays Albaik, Taus Makhacheva also happens to be one of the artists commissioned to show new work in Abu Dhabi Art’s Beyond: Artist Commissions programme this year.
Latifa Saeed (born 1985) is a visual artist and designer from the Emirates, working mainly on installations and sculptures. She’s a SEAF alumnus and has participated in several exhibitions, including a couple of group shows at Tashkeel (among them Conscious Consumption in 2019 and Voices of Design the year before).