All posts tagged: Pakistan

REPRESENT III – Hamra Abbas

Hamra Abbas represented by Lawrie Shabibi Hamra Abbas’s work is playful and unpredictable, it has a definite presence, but is so versatile that it is hard to pin down exactly what it is about an Abbas work that tells you it is hers. Fat Nancy takes a look at why she likes it so much. Firstly and overarching, Abbas’s work is pure. In its use of colour, its concepts and humour, she sticks to absolute and direct messaging. The colours she uses are sharp, clear and translucent, even when used in prints. They remind FN of David Batchelor’s works, often managing to bring a similar brightness to the fore without the need for artificial light, using instead natural light, colour on paper, on glass, with food colouring in plasticine, as a tool to manipulate and reflect the intensity she desires. Abbas’s life, and consequently her work, could be said to be somewhat fractured – coming from Pakistan and a deeply Islamic community and now living and working in the USA. Perhaps it is this contradiction that makes it addictively erratic, fickle and playfully …

FNND’s March at Alserkal Avenue

For those of you not based in the UAE, March in Dubai is commonly referred to as a ‘March Madness’. All the galleries have openings, Sharjah Art Foundation hosts the March Meetings or the Sharjah Biennale (depending on the year) and there are 3 fairs: Art Dubai, SIKKA (non-profit) and Design Days Dubai. Below are a couple of FNND’s highlights from the galleries at Al Serkal Avenue and swiftly following, some interesting and surprising works found at Art Dubai. Top of the list is Isabelle van den Eynde with the playful work from Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. It’s a relief to experience a completely immersive exhibition in a commercial gallery in Dubai – this is an exhibition that you can keep going back to again and again. Through to every corner of the space is evidence of the extent of the artists’ spirited collaboration. The immediacy and detailed tactility of the works is balanced with a weight of subject matter and the accumulation of experiences and time that led to the creation /collation …

A whisper of a breeze – end of desert summer and a stroll to see some art

The desert summer is leaving us for another year and the air is beginning to feel cool (ish), the galleries are re-opening and Fat Nancy took a stroll around Al Quoz and found an exhibition that re-ignited an interest in calligraphy in contemporary art – Pouran Jinchi, The Third Line. It brought to mind other artists working in a very similar way and left an itching to get back to old notes and dig out some favourites – in particular fellow Iranians,  Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi, Golnaz Fathi and Mohamed Bozorgi (ref. images at the end of article). You may not read or understand Arabic, but there is a musicality to the pieces and something meditative about the repetitious nature of their making that draws the viewer in. It’s understood that even a native speaker would struggle to define any actual letters in most of the works – someone once described the effect as a kind of whispering, the paintings murmuring to the viewer. The message is almost inaudible and they hint towards meaning rather than explicitly …

Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp in Dubai

The Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Dubai is uniting Academy lecturers like American hip hop producer Just Blaze, electronic musician Derrick May, world renowned UK producer Gareth Jones, Grammy-nominated dance music guru Kenny Dope, and DJ Gerd Janson, with 32 of the region’s most prominent instrumentalists, vocalists, DJs and producers, giving them the chance to immerse themselves in all things musical. The Academy itself is a closed event, featuring lectures, workshops and studio sessions, but it will culminate in 4 club nights featuring live performances from the attending lecturers. The grand finale on the 28th of September will see 17 participants, including Adil Omar, taking the stage at The Music Room for a collaboration. Akin to the birth a Middle East super group, This RBMA All-star jam session will brings together all the live musicians from Bass Camp including artists from 8 countries, covering a wide music spectrum from funk to rock to electronic music and a shade of everything in between. On the 26th of September, 360 in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, in partnership …