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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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DXB Navjot Altaf Unpacks Eco-Feminism and Post-Pandemic Reality at Ishara Art Foundation

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Spring 2022

March 15th, 2022



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  4. Rapport: Istanbul
  5. Independent Spaces in Istanbul: Sarp Özer on Operating AVTO


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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



  1. Editor’s Note
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  3. Pop(Corn): Zeid Jaouni
  4. You Can Take The Girl Out Of The City 
  5. Rapport: NYC
  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

Exhibiton Review June 20th, 2021
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

Artist Interview April 26th, 2021
CTU/AUH/YYZ Sabrina Zhao: Between Abu Dhabi, Sichuan, and Toronto

Exhibition April 16th, 2021
RUH Noor Riyadh Shines Light on Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Art Strategy

Exhibition Review April 5th, 2021
DXB A Riot Towards Landscapes

Exhibition Review April 1st, 2021
DXB A ‘Menu Poem’ and All That Follows

Exhibition March 28th, 2021
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

Exhibition Review March 7th, 2021
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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  4. Tailoring in Abu Dhabi
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  6. Michael Rakowitz From the Diaspora

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GRV MIA Anywhere Hosts First Virtual Exhibition of Female Chechen Artists    

Curator Interview January 25th, 2021
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Exhibition Review December 9th, 2020
SHJ Sharjah Art Foundation Jets Ahead on the Flying Saucer

Exhibition Review
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Exhibition Review November 21st, 2020
DXB 101 Strikes Again with Second Sale at Alserkal Avenue

Exhibition Review November 19th, 2020
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Exhibition Review November 16th, 2021
DXB Melehi’s Waves Complicate Waving Goodbye

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Book Review October 28th, 2020
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Exhibition Review October 22nd, 2020
AUH Ogamdo: Crossing a Cultural Highway between Korea and the UAE

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SEAF Cohort 7 at Warehouse 421


By Sarah Daher

Published on November 23, 2020


          The UAE art calendar is marked by a number of events that come around once every 12 months and cumulatively build up what is rapidly becoming a rich history and community of local cultural production. Arguably one of the most anticipated moments in the calendar year is the opening of the SEAF show which takes place each fall at the Warehouse 421 gallery on the fringe of Abu Dhabi city. The Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Arts Fellowship, colloquially known as SEAF, is now in its seventh year and its latest cohort is nothing shy of extraordinary.



1. Installation view, Community and Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF) 2019/20 Cohort 7, Warehouse 421. 
2. Zainab Imad Eldin, Colored Black, 2020. Ink on acetate, reproduced on photo paper. Detail view. 
3. Maitha Hamdan, Till we are back to heaven, 2020. Fabric, laundry clothes clips, laundry rope, wall, wall spray, nails, lighting. 



The program, which runs in partnership with the world-renowned Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), provides around 15 young UAE-based artists with 10 months of artistic training and development. At the culmination of the 10 months, their works are exhibited in a group show, and the graduates have the opportunity to continue their studies in a fully-funded MA program at RISD.

This year’s cohort of 16, nurtured through their studio-based practice under 2020’s extraordinary conditions has produced a vivid and colorful reflection on the ways that artistic practice can crystallize a way of being in the world. Ruminations on architecture large and small, interior and exterior, intersect with self-reflexive corporeal pieces and practices that tease many senses. Traveling through the show one is led on an insightful journey that illustrates where the future of art might be going when led by the most talented of this young generation.


4. Nabla Yahya, A Visitation, 2020. Gypsum, felt, steel. 



Ruminations on architecture large and small, interior and exterior, intersect with self-reflexive corporeal pieces and practices that tease many senses.




It is difficult to miss the stark juxtaposition between material and subject in the work of artists such as Fatma Al-Ali, Malak Elghuel, Faissal El-Malak, and Sara Ahli.

Al-Ali’s My mother told me not to collect bricks. turns the heavy foundational building block of a brick into a melting, collapsing pile of brick shells made of the rubber-like urethane. Her bricks do not so much crumble but fold in on themselves, the epidermis peeling and slipping off of the gypsum blocks.




Her bricks do not so much crumble but fold in on themselves, the epidermis peeling and slipping off of the gypsum blocks.




5. Fatma Al Ali, My mother told me not to collect bricks., 2020. Flexible urethane, gypsum. 


One hears Elghuel’s If I Could Trace You… If I Could Hear You long before seeing it with its phantasmagorical tune reaching as far as the entrance of the gallery. Her work, at once an auditory experience and a meticulous visual one, speaks to the amalgamated personal experiences of mass displacement. The translation of information from brutal experience to data bereft of nuance and feeling is her starting point; she then ingeniously re-translates this numerical data into a musical language, the melody of which juxtaposes form and content.





Her work, at once an auditory experience and a meticulous visual one, speaks to the amalgamated personal experiences of mass displacement.




6. Malak Elghuel, If I Could Trace You... If I Could Hear You, 2020. Sound, time, mark, paper, music box, text, video.  


El-Malak’s installation Scene for croissant evokes the corporeal abundantly, but it is his concretized sweat in the form of glazed ceramic pieces that catches me off guard. The fluid-turned-object is but a trace of his physical exertion, but its reimagining as a relic of its own significance points to a profound awareness of practice as a form of intricate documentation.



7. Faissal El-Malak, Scene for croissant, 2020. Canvas, oil paint, glazed ceramic, video and sound, colored pencil, and plaster on paper. 


The guttural forms of Ahli’s sculptural pieces spill out onto several surfaces in the corner of the last leg of the exhibition. Impossibly reminiscent of innards, her How long can I stay imprinted in your memory? stretches out languidly in the sun streaming through a courtyard window of the gallery. Interrupting the clean gallery space, it reclines like a marble figure of a lady at rest and provokes senses by bringing the unseen insides of the body out onto a plinth.


8. Sara Ahli, [in order of appearance] How long can I stay imprinted in your memory?, 2020. Imprint on memory foam. Balloon Baggage, 2020. Latex balloons, plaster. 

In a separate vein, a number of works in the show appear to interrogate the effect of architecture and space on the body. Scene for croissant’s film installation depicts a set that is “activated” by the artist’s body. Abdulla Alneyadi’s Urban Presence looks at the city’s corners and how the body is implicated within it. Aisha Al Ahamadi’s room installation of mirrors and LED lights immerses the viewer, reflecting and fragmenting the image of the self through irregularly textured mirrors.


A number of works in the show appear to interrogate the effect of architecture and space on the body.




9. Abdulla Alneyadi, Urban Presence, 2020. Black and white silent film.


There is no corner of the SEAF exhibition that doesn’t excite and enthrall in its own right. One would be remiss to skip this rich showing of the work of names we will no doubt be hearing time and time again.  


10. Aisha Al Ahmadi, Signs: Vehicles to Truth, 2020. 12 LED signs, mirrors.



The Community and Critique: Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF) 2019/20 Cohort 7 show will run from 14 November to 20 December, 2020.

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Sarah Daher is a curator and researcher who graduated with a BA in Theater and Economics from New York University Abu Dhabi and is currently completing her Masters in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London. She is based between the UAE and London. She cares about the role of art in building and preserving communities and shared identities. 

All photographs were taken by Sarah Daher at the exhibition venue.