Dubai art events. Works by Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim at Cuadro Gallery. ‘Primordial’ a solo exhibition of sculptures and works on paper. 22 January 2014 – 17 March 2014.
Building 10, DIFC Gate Village, Dubai UAE.
Cuadro Gallery is proud to present Primordial, a solo exhibition featuring monumental, career defining sculptures and works on paper by Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim.
Ibrahim is a pioneering Emirati artist whose art practice focuses on primitive forms and techniques while employing earthen materials from his native Khorfakkan. Over the last four decades Mohammed’s unmistakable and unflinching vision as an artist has become increasingly germane and pure. Throughout his work, Mohammed unabashedly confronts and reconciles fundamental questions about our relationship to our primitive selves, to the natural world, and to one another.
As a land artist, Ibrahim has painted rocks in the mountains of Khorfakkan with primordial signs, and collected stones and bound them together, only to then return them to the remote place where he found them. These works were exposed to weathering in their natural environment. His sculptures, on the other hand, are created from the materials of the local landscape, yet isolated from it in the gallery setting, leaving them as displaced as artifacts or relics in a museum.
Bashar Al-Shroogi, Director of Cuadro Gallery, commented, “It’s interesting to follow Mohammed Ibrahim’s career trajectory from an art historical perspective. His abstraction and minimalist oeuvre began decades ago, in line with his global contemporaries. Many years of refinement have resulted in a unique practice, both in his composition, and in his choice of materials, most of which are organic and native to Khorfakkan. Although the work is an inward exploration – the result of serious self study – its expression resembles the visual remnants of an entire civilization.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim (1962) was born in Khorfakkan, UAE. He carries a degree in Psychology from Al Ain University, and completed a residency at Le Consortium Art Centre in Dijon, France.
His work has been exhibited internationally, including Emirati Expressions: Realised at Saadiyat Cultural District Abu Dhabi 2014, the Sharjah Biennial in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2007, the 2009 Venice Biennale, the Kunstmuseum Bonn in 2005, the Sharjah Art Museum in 2005 and 1996, the Dhaka Biennial in 2002 and 1993, Germany’s Ludwig Forum in 2002, the 2000 Havana Biennial, the 1998 Cairo Biennial, the Institut du Monde Arabe in 1998, Holland’s Sittard Art Center in 1995, and Moscow’s 1990 “Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Art Society in the Soviet Union.”
Mohammed Ibrahim received the First Prize for Sculpture at the Sharjah Biennial in 2001 and 1999. His work is in significant collections, including Qatar’s Arab Museum of Modern Art, the Sharjah Art Museum and Holland’s Sittard Art Center.