Tue 13-03-2018 15:09 PM
ABU DHABI, 13th March, 2018 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi Art has announced the launch of a series of commercial gallery exhibitions in the emirate showcasing artworks for sale.
Set to be hosted at Warehouse421, the programme will start with an exhibition presented in collaboration with Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art gallery, ATHR. The exhibition entitled ‘Letters: Fragments of a Memory’ is inspired by ‘Letters to a Young Muslim’, the groundbreaking book by Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to France, which explores the experiences of Muslim youth and their struggles with identity across the Arab region.
The exhibition will open to the public on 15th March 2018, offering visitors the chance to purchase and collect artworks at Warehouse421, a thriving hub for creativity and an active participant in Abu Dhabi’s creative ecosystem that is dedicated to supporting learning, making, exhibition and commercial activity relevant to the local and regional creative industries.
Palestinian actor, Ahmed Tobasi, will perform ‘And Here I Am’ at the official opening of the exhibition. Continuing on the concept of memory explored in the exhibition, the theatre performance is based on the personal recollections of Tobasi and follows the protagonist through his transformation from resistance fighter to artist, capturing key moments in his journey as a refugee from the West Bank to Norway and then back again.
Dyala Nusseibeh, Abu Dhabi Art Director said, “Abu Dhabi Art continually seeks to present art to the capital year-round and to offer residents a rich artistic programmme. To this end, we are extremely honoured and proud to collaborate with ATHR and on an exhibition that will resonate with youth across the region. As the first of a series of exhibitions we will be presenting with commercial galleries, ‘Letters: Fragments of a Memory’ marks the beginning of an expanded platform for galleries in the emirate. We are also honoured to be presenting Tobasi’s powerful production ‘And Here I Am’ for the opening. His performance is a poignant and insightful reflection on the potential for culture to be a force for good.”
Featuring 14 international artists selected by ATHR, Letters: Fragments of a Memory is a response to the widely acclaimed novel by Ghobash. The novel follows the format of letters to Ghobash’s young son in each chapter, where he unlocks aspects of Islam with his personal experiences and careful factual thinking. Offering a multi-layered approach to the book, the exhibition explores specific moments in history that have influenced and shaped the Muslim youth experience and identity across the region.
WAM/Nour Salman/MOHD AAMIR