During Artweek in March 2017, Art Jameel opened a new Project Space in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, featuring a year-round programme of exhibitions, workshops and events. This will be our Dubai home until the Jameel Arts Centre opens in the winter of 2018. While some shows feature works from the Jameel Art Collection, others are developed in collaboration with partner institutions; research studios and educational initiatives aim to bring together creative communities of all ages and nurture experimentation, dialogue and a discursive approach to art and art-making.
Our current exhibition (May 23 – July 22) is dedicated to a major work, Alif Beh (2006-2009), by renowned Egyptian artist Hazem El Mestikawy. All are welcome to attend the opening and meet the artist on May 22, 5.30-7.30pm. Alif Beh is typical of El Mestikawy’s formal practice, in which he transforms everyday material – newsprint, cardboard – into intricate sculptural forms. Please see the Events page for further details and download the exhibition handout here.
Project Space Art Jameel opened on March 13 with And my mask is powerful 1 by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (further details on our Events page). This was the first in a series, titled Collection Focus, allowing for in-depth engagement with single works from the Jameel Art Collection.
Our first Research Studio was devoted to Madrid-based foundation Factum Arte and illustrated their work building new technologies to preserve heritage sites and create works with contemporary artists; this work-in-progress-style informational exhibition ran April 13-20. Factum’s residency in Dubai included a series of roundtables with the arts and architecture community, plus a public talk on April 13.