Opera Gallery Exhibition in DIFC
“Putting myself in unknown territory is a large part of my process,” says artist Yasmina Alaoui, whose life up until now might appear to be an extension of that philosophy. Born to Moroccan and French parents in New York City, and later educated in Paris, getting to know the unfamiliar would appear to be a constant journey for her. “Being Moroccan is part of my identity, my culture, my DNA, and it creates a ground layer of mysticism for future generations to figure out the past.”
Her new collection of work, which debuts this week at the Opera Gallery in DIFC in a joint exhibition with compatriot Yassine Mekhnache, features large, textured abstract works, many in the form of triptychs, which combine sand, gravel and minerals on canvas – a blend of natural elements in radiant bursts.
“Working with untraditional elements is a chemistry and research-oriented process,” she says, but taken together it all speaks to the “order and chaos, repulsion and attraction” of her multicultural upbringing.
Pictured here is a detail from Blue and White Trio, AED232,000.
Sharing the Opera Gallery exhibition with Yasmina Alaoui is Yassine Mekhnache, a French-Moroccan self-taught street artist. He has evolved his style to create large paintings inspired by Moroccan embroidery and traditional crafts. “The art of painting flows through me,” he says. “I accompany it but do not control it. It allows me to create a way of expressing myself that’s also a way of life.”
When: March 8-22
Where: Opera Gallery Dubai, DIFC
Contact: +9714 323 0909