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Mohammed Kazem: A Prime Activity

17 September 2018

Kazem’s third solo exhibition at GIVDE highlights his paintings, a relatively unknown aspect of his practice. As well as recent works, the show will include early watercolours from the 90s largely inspired by the atelier of his fellow artist Hassan Sharif and featuring much of the conceptual thinking evident in his 3D work.

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


17 September 2018
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Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map

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