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Mohammed Kazem: A Prime Activity
17 September 2018Free
Kazem originally began to paint in an impressionist style, moving on to post-impressionism and finally adopting abstraction. You can see why: he jokes about it being a practical response to the climate – for the more recent Neighbours series “I quickly photograph the kitschy aesthetics of the walls connecting each house in my neighbourhood and bring it back to the [air-conditioned] studio to work on it”. He observed that for most traditional neighbourhoods in the UAE, refurbishing meant painting over an existing wall in vibrant colours. This led him to experiment with decorative painting techniques: “the process demands me to learn how to paint like a painter, not an artist”.
To 1 November.
Above: Mohammed Kazem, Neighbour No. A8, 2018