17 October - 28 November 2016
Art Hub Gallery - a Dubai branch of Art Hub Group with the main office in Abu Dhabi Art Hub - is committed to provide a platform for creativity to emerging and established artists at national and international levels. In this collection entitled, ‘Timely Musing’, Art Hub Gallery exhibits the works of international artists who created artworks while living in the residency program. It regroups powerful international voices into what is expected to be a narrative cohesion cemented under a common search for aesthetics as well as cultural meaning -making. The collection assembles works born out of individualistic cross - cultural negotiation and inquiry, and attempts to construct a narrative that centralizes the role of the artist as mediator. In foreign socio -cultural contexts, the artist’s consciousness becomes impregnated with an alertness to difference, and by tension caused due to the need to drop automatisms and renew knowledge of self and cultural expectations. As the artist negotiates and realizes the constructed nature of the foreign cultural apparatus, his own certainties about identity and behavior might become less self -evident. Foreignness then pushes the latter into a creative spirit that seeks to make sense of difference. The artists’ works are recurrently products of subjective interpretations of aspects of history, culture, and society. Oftentimes, cultural convergence is signaled through artistic concepts that intertwine facets of native and host cultures. The plurality of the artists’ roles is reflected in the visual story -telling strategies that explore various symbolic themes. The collection presented here show concern with themes such as the bridging of tradition and modernity, identity, space, and time. The selected works immediately reveal to have an important graphical -design influence. They employ a visually pleasing, minimalistic approach packed with semiotic openness.
Kavinash Thomoo Curator
Artists: Abdelfettah Hraoui Abbas Al Mosawi Ajitvar Kumar Douglas Alibay Bapanov Andris Vitolinis Andriy Aksyutov Ayumi Takahashi Azza Al Qubaisi Cecilia Noriega Orozco Hady Boraey JC Jacinto Ilona Visnyei Kavinash Thomoo Lamiaa Menhal Mohammed Zaidi Moreen Austria Nasser Palangi Nevena Vuksanovic Raivo Kolomees Sannalina Kuussari Ulla Corin Lindroth Yusuf Hussain Zidrija Janusaite