Aldar Properties PJSC (‘Aldar’), in partnership with Abu Dhabi Art has commissioned a series of public artworks in its Reem Central Park as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance Abu Dhabi’s urban landscape with accessible art within its destinations across the Emirate.
Local artists Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim and Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, were commissioned to embellish surfaces of Reem Central Park on Reem Island, creating an even more interesting environment for visitors to the one million square foot park.
The artists were inspired by the multitude of visitors to the park from different cultures, as well as pre-Islamic poetry, Arabic folklore, and motifs found on items from collections at Louvre Abu Dhabi and Etihad Museum. The public art works now adorn 24 pillars surrounding the 2,400 sqm skate park, staircases and four playgrounds, and four bollard walls, adding another element to the popular attraction, which also features sports facilities and a water and light show.
Artists: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian (Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde) | Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim (Lawrie Shabibi)
Location: Reem Central Park, Al Reem Island
Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim (b. 1962, UAE) is part of the UAE’s first generation of Contemporary artists from the 1990s and 2000s, an avant-garde that included Hassan Sharif, Abdullah Al Saadi, Hussein Sharif, and Mohammed Kazem.
Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim came of age as an artist in the UAE in an era in which the visual arts were not yet valued culturally or taught in university degree programmes. In 1986 when he met the late artist Hassan Sharif and became a founding member of the Emirates Fine Art Society, Ibrahim was pulled out of a secluded practice and carved out unshakable friendships and collaborations that have formed the foundation for the creative community that defines the UAE today.
Ibrahim’s recent solo exhibitions include The Space between the Eyelid and the Eyeball, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai (2019); Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, Solo Show (2018), Primordial II, (2016), Turab (2015) and Primordial (2013) all at Cuadro, Dubai. In March 2018 Elements, a survey of works spanning three decades of his practice was presented at the Sharjah Art Foundation, curated by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi. Ibrahim’s group exhibitions include participations in Desert X Al Ula, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2020); But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community,1988-2008 at NYUAD Art Gallery (2017); The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Yay Gallery, Baku (2015); the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi (2016); the 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice (2009) the Sharjah Biennial (1993, 2003 and 2007) and the Dhaka Biennial (2002 and 1993). Select institutional exhibitions include the Kunstmuseum, Bonn (2005); the Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah (2005 and 1996), the Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen (2002); Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (1998); Sittard Art Centre, the Netherlands (1995), and the Exhibition for the Emirates Fine Art Society in the Soviet Union, Moscow (1990).
He received the first prize for sculpture at the Sharjah Biennial in 1999 and 2001 and has been a member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society since 1986 founding Art Atelier at the Khor Fakkan Art Centre in 1997. He has participated in artist residencies at Trans Indian Ocean Artist Exchange, Kochi Murzi Biennale, India (2016); A.i.R Dubai (2015); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2009) and Kunstcentrum Sittard, the Netherlands (1994-1996, 1998-2000).
His works are in significant international collections, including Sharjah Art Foundation; Sharjah Art Museum; Art Jameel, Dubai; Barjeel Art Foundation,
Sharjah; Mathaf, The Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Kunstcentrum Sittard, Sittard; The British Museum, London; and The Centre George Pompidou, Paris.Ibrahim works and lives in Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates.
Ramin Haerizadeh (born 1975, Tehran), Rokni Haerizadeh (born 1978, Tehran) and Hesam Rahmanian (born 1980, Knoxville) have lived and worked together in Dubai since 2009. They work independently and together, propagating a form of collaboration that doesn’t suppress individualism. The seeds of their language were sown as early as 1999, back in Iran. Their practice offers up a novel redefinition of the collective, as theirs is constantly growing and contracting to incorporate friends, writers, and artists at large. Their individual practices differ stylistically while political and social commentary become inherently subversive in a common reflection. The exhibitions they conceive are as much insights into their daily practice, which they designate as the ritual of living and working together.
In 2019, they curated BEYOND: EMERGING ARTISTS with Ayesha Hadhir, Shaikha Al Ketbi and Rawdha Al Ketbi in a show entitled Neither Visible, Nor Concealed in Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi. They created paintings across structural columns in Al Reem Park in Abu Dhabi as part of ALDAR's public commission in 2019 and presented a multi-room installation for The Creative Act at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi in 2017.
They have had major solo exhibitions internationally, recently at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2020), Frye Museum, Seattle (2019), OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin (2018), MACBA, Barcelona (2017), Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston (2015), Kunsthalle Zurich (2015) and Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2015). They are currently participating in a group exhibition at SCAD Museum of Art, Georgia, entitled I Put a Spell on You: On Artist Collaborations, and they participated in Homeless Souls (2019) at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, which won the 6th Global Fine Art Award in the Global Humanity category.
Commissioned by Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 to celebrate people of determination as part of the legacy of the Games. Developed in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, the works were created by Artists: Etel Adnan, Mehmet Ali Uysal, Nadim Karam, Noh Jun, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Wael Shawky.
Abu Dhabi Art will be presenting Beyond: Emerging Artists 2020 at Cromwell Place in London from 4 - 13 June 2021, in its first ever exhibition abroad. It will be joined by four UAE galleries invited by the fair to showcase artists from the region in a collaborative event.