NYUAD Art Gallery’s spring exhibition, curated by the gallery’s’ director Maya Allison, is part of an ongoing series in which Allison investigates the concept of landscape as it manifests globally in contemporary art practice. “We humans have a complicated relationship to our landscape, particularly in an era of catastrophic climate events, and our ever-growing need for energy,” she writes.
“My thinking for our spring exhibition, the only constant, began with Tarek Al-Goussein’s Al Sawaber photo series from 2017, in which he captures the tension between a decaying sci-fi housing complex architecture, and its residents’ posters and murals of nature and paradise.
“Each of the artists in this exhibition speak to different aspects of our fantasies and terrors around landscape: as refuge and paradise, as sustenance, as property, as energy source, as a threat, and as a register of our threat to our own habitat.”
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