Dubai art. Spring at Cuadro Gallery. Great exhibitions: Crash by Manal Al Dowayan, The Residency at Cuadro by Olivia Arthur & Faig Ahmed, and Primordial by Mohammed Ibrahim. Opening at 7 PM on Monday, 17 March.
Crash by Manal Al Dowayan:
Manal’s year long research project that culminated in a three month residency and exhibition at the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art has concluded with her new series Crash. Titled after the frequent car accidents that claim the lives of women school teachers in Saudi Arabia, the project examines this phenomenon and attempts to humanize the victims’ undocumented stories.
The Residency at Cuadro by Olivia Arthur & Faig Ahmed:
Cuadro Gallery will be exhibiting highlights by its last two resident artists: Magnum photographer, Olivia Arthur (Oct-Dec 2013) and Nominee for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Third Jameel Prize, Faig Ahmed (Jan-Mar 2014).
In addition to his distorted renditions of traditional Azerbaijani carpets, Faig Ahmed is presenting two site specific installations made of yarn that goes from the gallery walls out to the balconies and roofs of neighbouring buildings.
Olivia Arthur tells a fictional tale of a mariner that survived the (real) 1961 sinking of the vessel MV Dara off the coast of Dubai. Her photographs are a beautiful reflection on a city we all know and live in from a completely different perspective.
Primordial by Mohammed Ibrahim:
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to Ibrahim’s solo Cuadro Gallery has decided to extend the exhibition and re-curate a hanging in its project space. Ibrahim’s installation pieces take on a new life in response to their new spaces. Cuadro Gallery has always believed that his installation “Khorfakkan” is best viewed from a height – installing it in the double height space allows people to see it this way for the first time.