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Date: 17 Nov 2021 – 22 Jan 2022

Time: 8:00 AM - 06:00 PM



Title: Ayyn, 2021

Artists: Ayesha Hadhir | Rawdha Al Ketbi | Shaikha Al Ketbi



Nestled in a rocky enclave hidden behind 5000-year-old tombs excavated in Jebel Hafeet Desert Park, a series of interconnected sculptures start a dialogue with one another. In this site-specific, open-air installation, the artists continue their explorations in conjurement, cartography and ritual.

Ayesha Hadhir, Shaikha Al Ketbi and Rawdha Al Ketbis’ work is a relentless exploration of a contemporary reality that embodies their collective roots as they employ ritualistic modes to create new visual possibilities. What binds these artists’ practices together is their technique of weaving in between absence and presence.

Painting a portrait of her community through gathering and constructing objects, Ayesha Hadhir selects chairs, tables and sofas – some antiques, others with personal memories – that she integrates into her installations to give the audience insight into an Emirati domestic setting. The definition of community for Ayesha is not only limited to modern times: she has an inherited sense of how community was like in the past, especially in relation to the rituals of womanhood. Images of women carrying objects over their heads, filling up containers with water from the falaj, never leave her mind.

Rawdha Al Ketbi seeks out abandoned spaces, which she considers to be archeological sites. She investigates the architectures of the abandoned objects found at these sites, making these objects travel forward in time as Rawdha paints them with acid and other chemicals – this painting ceremony itself serving as the time machine. It is as if through her clairvoyance Rawdha is preparing a runway for the future extra-terrestrial life to descend upon, distorting both time and space in her newest works for this site.

Shaikha Al Ketbi maps out her hometown Al-Ain through objects and places from her memories. She maps her environment, and herself, through rigorous research, driving to known as well as unknown sites, exploring familiar and unfamiliar territories and the objects inhabiting them as if monuments to the private and public, ancient and modern, built and unfinished. She believes that all monuments- whether they are in our minds or in the physical realm- are equally important. “Our collective artworks, when looked at from the future, in the desert of Al Ain, are equally as important as the tombs, dating back to 3000 BC, that are quite literally a stone-throw away from them in proximity.”

Viewers are encouraged to hike the entire enclave to find different angles, viewing points and experiences with each part of the installation.


 

 







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Shaikha Al Ketbi

Shaikha Al Ketbi

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