Mangroves from the Water is to be the first show at Thejamjar’s new Alserkal Avenue space this March 8th. Twelve artists will examine the delicacy of these botanical wonderlands, spread along the UAE’s coastline. Sculptural pieces are the mainstay, some with fibres from the mangroves themselves spun into yarn. Striking site-specific works have been documented for the exhibition. Also featuring is Guardian of the Mangroves, a docu-fiction film, as well as watercolours painted from a kayak and texts recalling the strong folkloric tradition of these forests.
Mangroves form a vital but threatened part of local marine ecosystems the world over, and the artists find them a source of “power, beauty, energy and stories…whose importance to Emirati life is being forsaken by urban development, pollution and misuse.” Artists participating are Zahidah Zeytoun Millie, Alexis R Gambis, Stephanie Neville, Geraldine Chansard, Toby Smith and the Kharareef Heritage and Storytelling Group, led by Brione LaThrop.
Thejamjar supports interaction amongst like-minded individuals, artists, researchers, writers and creators in Dubai since 2005 by providing workshops, art consultancy and community programmes. Mangroves from the Water runs until 23rd March, with workshops on painting and knitting taking place on the 12th.