About The Work
The Treasure Carrier and Kairawan Summer (bronze, 2016), exhibited at Tabari Artspace at the Hymns of Gold exhibition (2016), trace the twists and turns of Egypt's social and political history. Specifically the attack of the Tatars in 1258 which raged throughout the Levant until its culmination at the borders of Egypt where the Tatars were finally defeated. This period of darkness was illuminated only by the Sufi hymns of Rumi (1207-1273) and Ibn Arabi (1164-1240). The Treasure Carrier represents the precious words of these poets that extended love and tolerance towards all directions of the community regardless of faith and race. Their words were pure gold.
b. 1964 Suez, Egypt, Khaled Zaki lives and works between Cairo and Pietrasanta, Italy.
Known for his pivotal role in shaping modernist sculpture in Egypt, Khaled Zaki’s works, typically in bronze and stone, glide between abstract and figurative forms.
Zaki holds a Masters in Restoration from the Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University. He studied Sculpture at the Al Khonaini Museum of Art, Giza, Egypt before moving to Italy in 1988 to train in the use of stone and bronze in the studios and workshops of Pietrasanta.
Drawing inspiration from Egyptian and Arab culture his output explores messages of human emotion and expectation with such seminal works as Resurrection (2017), a series inspired by the shrapnel lining the streets of post-revolution Egypt and the social impact of terrorism on his country.
Located in Dubai, sixteen years ago the gallery embarked upon an ambitious programme with the aim of cultivating an international community centred around contemporary Middle Eastern art.
Tabari Artspace played a pivotal role in establishing the Middle Eastern masters that are collected and exhibited internationally today.
The gallery continues to honour these masters while introducing a new generation of artists that have matured in an era of technology, globalisation, and unprecedented socio-political issues. In 2017 the gallery rebranded from Artspace Dubai to Tabari Artspace.