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The NYUAD Art Gallery’s autumn show is a group exhibition of new installations by four emerging UAE-based artists: Areej Kaoud, Ayman Zedani, Jumairy, and Raja’a Khalid.
Each artist explores the concept of ‘environment’ (natural, artificial, virtual) and raises a question: how do organisms – whether human or other – create, survive, and inhabit our natural, artificial, and virtual worlds? Khalid’s performative installation invites viewers to embrace personal well-being as a commodifiable trend; Kaoud’s playground keeps visitors on high alert to ever-present risk. In two very different landscape installations, Zedani and Jumairy each propose worlds in which our natural bodies and the landscape around us manifest biological or artificial intelligence.
The exhibition is curated by Maya Allison, Chief Curator at NYU Abu Dhabi and Executive Director of the NYUAD Art Gallery. She sees this show in part as a commentary on the continuing development of the UAE art ecology: “For me, these artists capture something unique in their perspectives, both in how they respond to our surroundings, and how they connect to the unusual art scene here … This exhibition offers a rare lens onto one specific recurring theme that I’ve observed in this emergent scene, a theme that these four artists in particular express through their distinctly arch, speculative, conceptual practice”.
To 7 December.
Above: Jumairy, BRZ5 Imagined (2019)