Author: Laura Egerton

Abandonment issues | Tarek Al-Ghoussein

A photographic exhibition by Tarek Al-Ghoussein puts a different spin on the saying ‘There’s no place like home’ In 2013, Ala Younis invited Tarek Al-Ghoussein to participate in the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Having almost turned it down because he’d just taken on a professorship at New York University Abu Dhabi, Al-Ghoussein decided […]

A genetic exploration | Shahpour Pouyan

Shahpour Pouyan is inspired by the discovery of a diverse DNA in his latest Dubai exhibition The central display in Shahpour Pouyan’s latest exhibition is essentially a self-portrait, or, as the artist prefers to describe it, “a post-modern statement of myself”. Fuelled by a feeling that his ancestry held some secrets, the Iranian-born Pouyan took his […]

An Ever-Changing Evocation

Jacob Hashimoto’s Middle Eastern debut brings colour and beauty to complex systems   There are times when art truly takes your breath away. Titled The Eclipse, Jacob Hashimoto’s Middle Eastern debut at Leila Heller Gallery certainly has this effect, while also offering insight into the practice of this fascinating artist who creates artworks of intense […]

Young Architect and Design Program shines a spotlight on the future built environment

With Arch. Season ’17 from SVENM in Dubai Design Week warming up the city for its inaugural Architectural Biennale next year and news that the Sharjah Architecture Triennial will launch in 2019, alongside the high-profile opening of Jean Nouvel’s iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, the UAE is buzzing with inspiration, ideas and debate on current architectural […]

Urbanisation and its undoing

A thought-provoking stacked stone installation, ‘While we Wait’ explores several topical issues, including the changing dynamics between nature and architecture “In this delicate stone shelter, we will wait and we will testify that all the vanishing isles of the world did indeed once exist”. So ends an evocative text by Karim Kattan, who spent his […]

Reminiscences on the Silk Road

In a recent exhibition of works at Tabari Artspace, Mohamed Abla looks back to the fairytales and folklore depicting this famed trade route in its heyday Uplifting and jovial, an exhibition by Mohamed Abla at Tabari Artspace went some way to reaffirming the idea that an artist’s personality can shine through his work. Abla, of […]

Contemporary use of collage heralds new season at Cuadro

Launching the season at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai International Financial Centre, ‘Seeing the Forest’ brought together works by three artists from different generations and backgrounds with comparable approaches to abstract photography. Camille Zakharia has developed his complex practice of collage and photomontage over a 30-year career since departing his native Lebanon in 1985. His […]

Ramin Haerizadeh | Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde

Best of Dubai Selections explores the most interesting and inspiring exhibitions set to grace Dubai’s galleries this autumn Ramin Haerizadeh To Be or Not To Be, That Is the Question. And Though, It Troubles the Digestion* Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde September 13 to November 2 It’s unfair to say that it feels strange to […]

Roshanak Aminelahi | Gordafarid

Best of Dubai | Selections explores the most interesting and inspiring exhibitions set to grace Dubai’s galleries this autumn Roshanak Aminelahi | Gordafarid Ayyam Gallery September 13 to October 28 We all need something to inspire us. For Roshanak Aminelahi, an Iranian artist who has lived and worked in Dubai for over a decade, that […]

Good Face and Incurable Flaws | Carbon 12

Best of Dubai Selections explores the most interesting and inspiring exhibitions set to grace Dubai’s galleries this autumn Good Face and Incurable Flaws Carbon 12 September 13 to October 31 Throughout history, artists have wrestled with the challenging task of representing a sitter: not just reproducing their physical attributes but giving an impression of their […]