If you’re searching the city looking to get your cultural kicks (search on right here, by the way), your hunt has finally come to an end. This Autumn/Winter line-up of exhibitions and talks galore will surely satisfy your artistic appetite.
Jameel Arts Centre at Jaddaf Waterfront has revealed a varied list of exclusive exhibitions, commissions, talks and programmes to check out, and each of them are looking to be well worth your time.
As a quick rundown of what’s on offer, first off is the ‘Phantom Limb’, an exhibition of work by 13 different artists concerned with “our material heritage”, the Middle Eastern debut of ‘The Library of Unread Books’, a forever-growing crowd-sourced library where poor books haven’t been read yet, along with a solo show by Sarah Abu Abdullah that questions the formation and presentation of identity.
There’s also a new, large-scale commissioned work by Indian Prabhakar Pachpute and site-specific outdoor installations set within the Centre’s gardens – it is getting cooler, after all. Along with workshops, talks, research and other public programming, the next few months are looking quite artsy.
For a better look at the programme, check it out below:
On view from Thursday October 10 to February 15, 2020, ‘Phantom Limb’ brings together 13 artists and collectives who, through a diverse range of practices, interrogate our lived relationships to material heritage. The works in the show pose pressing questions around the writing of history, the weaponisation of heritage and the construction of myths that is embedded within material culture, from the circulation of artefacts to the destruction of architectural spaces. These issues are especially charged in the Middle East, where layered realities of colonialisation, war, competing claims of cultural dominance and rapid economic development have made this discourse even more potent.
The Library of Unread Books
Comprised of donations already submitted by readers across the UAE, The Library of Unread Books makes its Middle East debut in the Jameel’s Lobby from November 16 to January 31, 2020. A living reference library comprised of books that were unread by previous owners, the installation is available for the community to browse. Initiated by Singapore-based practitioners Heman Chong and Renée Staal, The Library of Unread Books’ global edition is currently comprised of nearly 700 donated books. The Library is the result of a collective gesture; viewed as a whole, these books reflect on notions of access, excess and the politics of redistribution. Visitors to Jameel Arts Centre are invited to browse and read – and continually gift their unread books — throughout the run of the installation.
Prabhakar Pachpute, a critically acclaimed Indian artists of his generation, brings his latest project to Jameel Arts Centre’s Artist’s Rooms from September 21 to February 15, 2020. Building on his ongoing body of work ‘Sea of Fists’, the show represents a powerful interpretation of the art of protest, exploring the diverse actions and realities of communities in struggle across India.
Digital Earth Talks
A collaboration between Jameel Arts Centre and Digital Earth, a global research network of artists and scholars exploring technology’s relationship to geopolitics in the 21st century, Digital Earth Talks takes place November 7-8, 2019. The free, open event brings together artists, scholars and designers from Africa, Europe and Asia to explore how our conception of technology and its uses are shaping both geopolitical and interpersonal relationships. The term Digital Earth references the conceptual ‘digital twin’ to Planet Earth, comprised of algorithmic regimes generating, tracking and accumulating the data currently engulfing, shaping, exploiting and regulating the movement of goods and people around the world.
Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park, Dubai’s first art-themed park, will be the site of a major installation by Hassan Khan, Composition for a Public Park, from the Art Jameel Collection. This edition of Khan’s multi-channel piece includes a spoken libretto recorded by male and female actors in Arabic, Urdu and English. Opening November 3, and running through June 8, 2020, the work will be freely accessible for all to experience, day and night.