Arts Abu Dhabi

I was so happy to have the opportunity to visit the 2011 Abu Dhabi Art Show featuring the Emirati Expressions exhibit (at the Manarat Al Saadiyat Center) during my visit to Abu Dhabi this past week. Unfortunately, photography was not allowed in many of the galleries and I’m sorry I can’t share the main exhibition here with you.  Thankfully, there are plenty of other fantastic artists that I *can* share and some of my favorites include:

Dubai: What’s Left of Her Land by Reem Al Ghaith

Observers of Change by Lateefa bint Maktoum

One Hundred Expressions

Feast a collaborative art project by Khalid Mezaina (UAE), Karima Al Shomely (UAE) and public works (UK)

In the main gallery space of the Abu Dhabi Art Show you are immediately confronted by the Inside Out global participative art project initiated by the artist JR.

A gigantic photo-booth in the shape of a cube allows participants to immediately print a giant poster of their faces free of charge.

To complete your participation in the project, participants are asked to post their portraits in the streets. “The art is not complete until the public can see it.” I haven’t posted my poster in the streets of Dubai yet (I’m actually not sure if it’s legal) but hopefully I’ll find a home for “my face” sometime soon.

I have to admit I didn’t have enough time to see everything else on display and hope I have the opportunity to visit again before the exhibition closes in January. If you live in the area and have a day to spare, I highly recommend checking it out – you won’t be disappointed!

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