2017 Artist

Tarek Al-Ghoussein

Tarek Al-Ghoussein began photographing sites on Saadiyat Island in 2010, capturing all the phases of the new cultural hub where Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi are located. Contextualising Abu Dhabi Art’s location in the heart of Saadiyat Cultural District, the work documents the development of the district over the past seven years. A selection of this work forms the basis for the Abu Dhabi Art visual campaign this year and will be exhibited at Abu Dhabi Art.



Tarek Al-Ghoussein is an artist and a Professor of Visual Art at New York University. His work explores the boundaries between landscape photography, self-portraiture and performance art. Choosing locations much in the same way a film director does, he moves between abstraction and the specific circumstances found in particular places. Relying on subtle interventions and non-invasive interactions, the images consider various aspects of "identity". Al-Ghoussein has exhibited extensively in Europe, the United States and the Middle East and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in prominent venues such as the 53rd and 55th Venice Biennales; the Singapore Biennale; the 6th and 7th Sharjah Biennales; Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea; Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany and Aperture Gallery, NYC, USA. Al-Ghoussein's work has been acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; the British and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; the Sharjah Art Foundations; the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo; the Royal Photography Museum in Copenhagen; and the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, amongst others.


Tarek Al-Ghoussein is represented by Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Cologne and The Third Line, Dubai.