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September 5th, 2022



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  4. Rapport: Venice
  5. Zeitgeist of our Time: Füsun Onur for the Turkish Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale
  6. GAD’s Top Picks: National Pavilions
  7. Strangers to the Museum Wall: Kehinde Wiley’s Venice Exhibition Speaks of Violence and Portraiture
  8. Questioning Everyday Life: Alluvium by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian at OGR Torino in Venice

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TYO Shu Yonezawa and the Art of Animation

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Spring 2022

March 15th, 2022



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Curator Interview July 9th, 2022
IST Creating an Artist Books Library in Istanbul: Aslı Özdoyuran on BAS

Market Interview June 28th, 2022
HK 
How Pearl Lam Built Her Gallery Between China and Europe

Exhibition June 27th, 2022
UAE
What’s On in the UAE: Our Top Summer Picks

Exhibition June 21st, 2022
DXB Art Jameel Joins The World Weather Network in a Groundbreaking Response to Global Climate Crisis

Artist Interview June 13th, 2022
DXB “Geometry is Everywhere”: An Interview and Walking Tour of Order of Magnitude, Jitish Kallat’s Solo Exhibition at Dubai’s Ishara Art Foundation

Artist Interview May 13th, 2022
DXB 
“We Are Witnessing History”: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian On Their Retrospective Exhibition at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery

Exhibition May 6th, 2022
IST
 Istanbul’s 5533 Presents Nazlı Khoshkhabar’s “Around and Round”

Exhibition April 23rd, 2022
HK Startbahn Presents “Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality”, an NFT Pop-Up at K11 Art Mall

Market Interview March 28th, 2022
DXB Dubai's Postmodern Architecture: Constructing the Future with 3dr Models

Curator Interview March 21st, 2022

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Fall 2021

October 1st, 2022



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  3. Pop(Corn): Nimyu
  4. Ahmad The Japanese: Bady Dalloul on Japan and Belonging
  5. Rapport: Tokyo 
  6. Alexandre Taalba Redefines Virtuality at The 5th Floor
  7. Imagining Distant Ecologies in Hypersonic Tokyo: A Review of “Floating Between the Tropical and Glacial Zones”
  8. Ruba Al-Sweel Curates “Garden of e-arthly Delights” at SUMAC Space
  9. Salwa Mikdadi Reflects on the Opening of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Arab Center for the Study of Art

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Exhibition Review March 14th, 2022
DXB Art Dubai Digital, An Alternative Art World?

Exhibition March 11th, 2022
DXB Must-See Exhibitions in Dubai - Art Week Edition 2022

Artist Interview March 10th, 2022
DXB Prepare The Ingredients and Let The Rest Flow: Miramar and Zaid’s “Pure Data” Premieres at Satellite for Quoz Arts Fest 2022

Artist Interview February 26th, 2022
TYO Akira Takayama on McDonald’s Radio University, Heterotopia, and Wagner Project

Exhibition Review February 11th, 2022
AUH Woman as a Noun, and a Practice: “As We Gaze Upon Her” at Warehouse421
Curator Interview October 15th, 2021
IST “Once Upon a Time Inconceivable”: A Review and a Conversation

Exhibition October 7th, 2021
RUH Misk Art Institute’s Annual Flagship Exhibition Explores the Universality of Identity

Market Interview October 6th, 2021
RUH HH Prince Fahad Al Saud Discusses Saudi Arabia’s Artistic Renaissance

Exhibition October 5th, 2021
DXB
Engage101 Presents “Connected, Collected” at Sotheby’s Dubai

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Spring 2021

February 21st, 2021



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  3. Pop(Corn): Zeid Jaouni
  4. You Can Take The Girl Out Of The City 
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  6. Kindergarten Records Discuss The Future of Electronic Music
  7. Sole DXB Brings NY Hip-Hop To Abu Dhabi
  8. Wei Han Finds ‘Home’ In New York
  9. Vikram Divecha: Encounters and Negotiations

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Exhibition Review August 9th, 2021
DXB “After The Beep”: A Review and Some Reflections

Artist Interview June 30th, 2021
OSA Rintaro Fuse Curates “Silent Category” at Creative Center Osaka

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AUH “Total Landscaping”at Warehouse 421

Exhibition June 11th, 2021
TYO “Mimicry of Hollows” Opens at The 5th Floor

Market Interview May 26th, 2021
TYO Startbahn, Japan’s Leading Art Blockchain Company, Builds a New Art Infrastructure for the Digital Age

Curator Interview May 20th, 2021
DXB There Is A You In The Cloud You Can’t Delete: A Review of “Age of You” at Jameel Arts Centre

Artist Interview May 11th, 2021
BAH Mihrab: Mysticism, Devotion, and Geo-Identity

Exhibition May 9th, 2021
LDN Fulfilment Services Ltd. Questions Techno-Capitalism on Billboards in London

Artist Interview April 28th, 2021
DXB Ana Escobar: Objects Revisited

Exhibition Review April 27th, 2021
TYO BIEN Opens Two Solo Exhibitions in Island Japan and Parcel

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CTU/AUH/YYZ Sabrina Zhao: Between Abu Dhabi, Sichuan, and Toronto

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RUH Noor Riyadh Shines Light on Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Art Strategy

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DXB A Riot Towards Landscapes

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DXB A ‘Menu Poem’ and All That Follows

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DXB Alserkal Art Week Top Picks 

Curator Interview March 21st, 2021
DXB Permeability and Regional Nodes: Sohrab Hura on Curating Growing Like a Tree at Ishara Art Foundation

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AUH Re-viewing Contrasts: Hyphenated Spaces at Warehouse421

Exhibition Review March 3rd, 2021
DXB There’s a Hurricane at the Foundry

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August 1st, 2020



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GRV MIA Anywhere Hosts First Virtual Exhibition of Female Chechen Artists    

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SHJ Sharjah Art Foundation Jets Ahead on the Flying Saucer

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AUH SEAF Cohort 7 at Warehouse 421 

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DXB 101 Strikes Again with Second Sale at Alserkal Avenue

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DXB Melehi’s Waves Complicate Waving Goodbye

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Re-viewing Contrasts: Hyphenated Spaces at Warehouse421


By Hanan Sultan

Published on March 7th, 2021

        Hyphenated Spaces, a virtual exhibition curated by NYU Abu Dhabi students of Professor Salwa Mikdadi’s Curatorial Practice course, is currently being hosted at Warehouse421’s online platform until March 30th, 2021. The virtual exhibition, selecting thirty-four artworks by artists representing various geographies, periods, and styles, is a reinterpretation of Hashel Al Lamki’s The Cup and The Saucer, the artist's first solo exhibition, curated by Munira Al Sayegh, and also hosted at Warehouse 421’s Abu Dhabi space in the spring of 2020.

Overall, the online exhibition experience was positive. I was overwhelmingly surprised by the embedded virtual art gallery format and preferred it to a normal web presentation with static images, text, and video.


1. Installation view. Hyphenated Spaces: “The Cup and The Saucer” Reinterpreted, 15 December 2020 - 30 March 2021, hosted by Warehouse421. Virtual exhibition.


The Cup and The Saucer's multilayered aspects show the success of Al Lamki’s practice. His work centers around letting go of control and looking at his own work through new artists’ lenses, creating a certain complexity of creating and curating which goes beyond the exhibition space. Mr Lantern (2017-2019), for example, inspires individuals and artists to think about presentation while creating and manifesting. Its shapes and colors resonate with the viewer, and the installation as a whole has a certain capacity to inspire creative energy once the viewing experience over. The curators of Hyphenated Spaces reinterpreted 6 sub-themes that were directly taken from Hashel’s show: Birth and Earth; Rejection and Reflection; Versailles; Linger and Departure; Screensavers and Control and Guilt.


2. Hashel Al Lamki, Mr. Lantern (2017-2019). Clay, Fabric, cardboard, plastic, comb, mirror, LED lights. Image courtesy of Warehouse421 and the artist.


One of the main themes that Hyphenated Spaces explores is the concept of two things put together. This theme matters both visually and conceptually. Viewers realize a sense of contrast that starts a conversation or an inner dialog. A simple “why?” sparks the potential of many different possibilities and outcomes. The cup and the saucer are two objects that are put together in unity; however, they both can stand and function individually alone. “Why are they meant to be together? Why can they function separately and why are they compatible in their unity?” Similarly, the contrast between creating and curating is a sharp characteristic of the exhibition concept. “Curation is as important as creation.” The exhibition considers the way an artist’s work is presented as important as the work itself: how it is laid out, in what order, and in what composition. Should the viewer look at the art from the artist’s lens or through their own developed lens? “How do I want a viewer to perceive my artwork? What am I trying to communicate and how can I effectively do that?” The idea of “two things put together” is portrayed through three additional contrasts in the show. There are videos, images, and objects moving through time, but also photographs – still images frozen in time. The exhibition also presents us with visual art and poetry, a form of written art. A final form of contrast is the exposure to both historical and contemporary pieces.



Curation is as important as creation.




Student Sherry Wu curated the sub-theme “Re:jection- flection-born,” curated in response to Hashel’s sub-theme Rejection and Reflection. Sabrina Zhao’s My Unloving Love (2018) is an experimental video montage, a film that explores the contrasts of self-love and confidence. In her statement, the artist explains that the film is intentionally left incomplete and compares it to personal confessions of her failure. Her intentionally-incomplete film communicates the open-endedness aspect of the exhibition to the viewers, continuing to inspire them beyond the virtual exhibition space. “What happens if I, as an artist, leave my work incomplete? Is there a certain beauty to incompleteness? Is there beauty in appreciating the journey, the process of experimenting rather than perfecting the end result?” The artist further states that her process is “unsolvable”. My critique however is that art is always unsolvable and no piece of art is ever “complete” or fully “solved.” There is always room for improvement and endless different directions, sub-directions and possibilities to explore. The result is factual. But I still enjoyed seeing the beauty of this “incomplete” film rather than enduring its failures. The process of curating lies in surrendering to the materials accumulated.



What happens if I, as an artist, leave my work incomplete?




3. Sabrina Zhao (Ruobing, b. 1996), My Unloving Love, 2018. Still. Experimental video. 6min. No dialogue with English subtitles. Video courtesy of the artist.


Fatima Al Kindi’s VIBES is a series of latex paintings on canvases. She dives within herself as a creator and contemplates how she feels about creating when she is in the middle of the process rather than at the far deep-end of the search for meaning. She surrenders to her large canvases and lets the process of creation take over, gambling for the outcomes. Through her lens, the canvas becomes a sea; her painting lets us perceive the contrast between geometric compositions and the free-forming textures. Her process here is in letting go of control and considerations in order to create, and then coming in and starting the process of controlling the curatorial aspects of presentation and exhibition layout.



She surrenders to her large canvases and lets the process of creation take over, gambling for the outcomes.




4. Fatima Al Kindi (b. 1998), Untitled 2, 2020. Latex paint on canvas, 257 x 147cm. From the series VIBES. Image courtesy of the artist.


The sub-theme “Gender, Control and Guilt” is a curation of historic wearable objects that pressurised, controlled and guilt women through beauty standards, fashion trends and cultural expectations. This curated section is a response to Hashel’s sub-theme Control and Guilt. 

VelázquezMaria Teresa (1638-1683) Infanta of Spain is a portrait of a Spanish heir with purposely-styled voluminous hair decorated with butterfly hairpins. This wig portrays the history of women surrendering to the pressures of beauty standards by adding large and heavy hair paddings; rollers and pillows stuffed with sheep’s wool to create hairstyles such as the Pouf. Historically, they believed that this gave them a grandiose appearance despite strained necks and difficulties in regards to mobility. The guilt aspect is born out of women feeling they need to conform to such beauty standards, in turn giving power to societal pressures and ultimately resulting in a form of control. Afterall, hair is potent.



Hair is potent.




5. Velázquez (Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez), Maria Teresa (1638-1683), Infanta of Spain, 1651-54. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 


Hyphenated Spaces' multilayeredness proclaims the success of Al Lamki’s practice. The show explores the theme of putting two things together and is a testament to us living through a time of adaptability. “I’m now inspired, how can I express that and what is my medium?” This show itself is embodying flexibility, an unreal realness; a virtual gallery space that feels so real, yet behind a screen inside a device. As we go forward in this new digital paradigm, I foresee the world to be more accepting of visual and conceptual hybridity. “What can I as a viewer, hobbyist or an artist put together to create a bricolage? How can two or more ready-made things be put together to create something new?” Start by gathering quotes, ideas, visuals, sounds, materials or ingredients, surrender to what you have gathered and respond. “My medium speaks for me.”


Hyphenated Spaces in on view virtually at Warehouse421 until March 31st, 2021.
Visit the exhibition here.
For a closer look into the exhibition, visit Warehouse421’s series of Deep Dives.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the curators digitally realized this exhibition from their respective homes across several continents, never meeting in person. The virtual exhibition is curated by Mingu Cho, Jeffrey Liu, Ju Hee Noh, Christopher Pohndorff, Sherry Wu, and Tonia Zhang.



Hanan Sultan is a jewelry designer based between Muscat, Dubai and London, who has previously participated in student collaborative projects with the British Art Medal Society, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Swarovski and Vitsœ. Passionate about both fine arts and fashion, she sees jewelry as the perfect middle ground between the two. Her practice is predominantly centered around cultural identity and the human experience of society in relation to this. She graduated with a B.A. in Jewelry Design from Central Saint Martins and is currently pursuing her MA in Jewelry and Metal at the Royal College of Art.


Special thanks: Salwa Mikdadi and Sherry Wu.