About The Work
Hamra Abbas' Construction Drawings (2019) are a series of marble inlay works that repeat the process of rotating triangle, square and hexagon to create a complex circular web of straight lines, converging into points of stars. These works are meticulously hand-crafted from two contrasting colours of stone – white marble and black granite - to create the illusion of spinning lines that are expansive and boundless.
Hamra Abbas (b. 1976, Kuwait) received her BFA and MA in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 1999 and 2002 respectively before attending Universitaet der Kuenste in Berlin where she did the Meisterschueler in 2004.
She has exhibited internationally with recent solo exhibitions including: Every Colour is a Shade of Black, COMO Museum of Art, Lahore (2020); Open Cube, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai (2019); Gardens in Which Rivers Flow: Plastic Flowers and Everyday Miracles, Art Dubai with Canvas Gallery, Dubai (2019); Colour, Canvas gallery, Karachi (2017); Bodies, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai (2016); But Can You Show this in Pakistan? PILOT, Istanbul (2015); and, Kaaba Picture as a Misprint, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai (2014).
Her work has been exhibited as part of major group shows including, most recently: Gateway: Fragments, Yesterday and Today, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Abu Dhabi (2019); Second Karachi Biennale, Bagh Ibn e Qasim, Karachi (2019); She Persists, Palazzo Benzon, Venice (2019); Art Dubai Contemporary, with Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, 2018; Lahore Biennale, Lahore (2018); Global Control and Censorship, Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok (2017); Karachi Biennale, Karachi (2017); Sanctuary, FOR- SITE Foundation, San Francisco (2017); Insights, Art Basel Hong Kong, with Lawrie Shabibi (2017); and, The Making of an Institution, NTU CCA, Singapore (2017).
Lawrie Shabibi is a contemporary art gallery housed in Dubai's Alserkal Avenue. The gallery supports the long-term development of the careers of young international contemporary artists with a focus on those from the Middle East and North Africa. The gallery also organizes art historical exhibitions working with an older generation of artists from the region. Liaising with curators, institutions, museums and collectors the gallery has successfully introduced international artists to the region whilst at the same time presented Middle Eastern artists to the international contemporary arts community. By holding a regular programme of exhibitions, screenings and talks, publishing catalogues and participating in international art fairs, Lawrie Shabibi has since 2011, been a forerunner in the development of the contemporary art scene in Dubai.