2017 Beyond



Dates: 8 November 2017 – 27 January 2018 

Beyond: Artist Commissions
Location: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Al Jahili Fort and Al Ain Oasis

 Abu Dhabi Art 2017 Beyond: Artist Commissions established artists were:

  • Manal Al Dowayan | Al Ain Oasis
  • Magdi Mostafa | Manarat Al Saadiyat
  • Nasser Al Salem | Al Jahili Fort


Beyond: Emerging Artists
Curated by Mohammed Kazem and Cristiana de Marchi
Location: Manarat Al Saadiyat

Abu Dhabi Art 2017 Beyond: Emerging Artists were:

  • Shaikha Al Mazrou
  • Alaa Edris
  • Jumairy


The Artists:

Manal Al-Dowayan

Embracing diverse media, Manal Aldowayan's work encompasses black and white photography, sculpture, video, sound, neon and large-scale participatory installations. Her artistic practice revolves around themes of active forgetting, archives, and collective memory, with a large focus on the state of Saudi women and their representation. She has documented social groups like the oil men and women of Saudi Arabia in her project, ‘If I Forget You Don't Forget Me’. She has addressed the impact of mass media on propagating intentional erasing of identities in her project ‘Crash’, highlighting the unnamed Saudi teachers dying in car crashes across Saudi Arabia. Her participatory projects have attracted hundreds of women to use art as a new platform to address social injustice as seen in works including ‘Tree of Guardians’, ‘Esmi-My Name’, and ‘Suspended Together’. In 2014 she was a recipient of a research Fellowship from NYU AD and she was invited in early 2015 to the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Aldowayan has shown her work in Prospect 3 New Orleans - The American Biennale (2014/15), in collateral shows at the Venice Biennale (2009/11), and at Museums around the world inclduing Gwangju Museum in South Korea, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, The Victoria and Albert Museum in UK, and Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art in Qatar. Her works are part of public collections at the British Museum, LA County Museum, Louisiana Museum, and Mathaf.

Manal Al-Dowayan is represented by Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai and Sabrina Amrani, Madrid

Magdi Mostafa

Magdi Mostafa is a Cairo-based artist who works primarily with site-specific, research-driven sound projects, multimedia installations, and experimental music. His work is rooted in dreams, scientific theory and failed utopian ambitions. Until 2010 his work dealt in large part with the visual and aural culture of the Cairo neighbourhood that he belongs to. Since 2011 his practice has focused more on the conceptual, spiritual and physical notions of experimental 3D sound. He has exhibited widely including in solo exhibitions at Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2014) and Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art Project Space, Doha, (2014) as well as in group exhibitions at ZKM (2014), the 13th Lyon Biennial (2015), Moscow Biennial (2015), Hayward Gallery, London (2015) and Sharjah Biennale 11 where he was the recipient of the Biennale Prize in 2013. His composed soundtracks have been hosted on different online radios, and solo-programmed on 100 radio station. He has performed live at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (2010), 100LIVE Electronic Music Festival (2008, 2009) and Mokhtar Museum, Cairo (2007). 

Magdi Mostafa is represented by Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Cologne

Nasser Al-Salem

Nasser Al-Salem’s work is essentially the Arabic written word; he is first and foremost a calligrapher. His practice pushes the boundaries of this age-old Islamic art by re-inventing it in non-conventional mixed media forms and by exploring its conceptual potential. Al-Salem has exhibited internationally at ‘Edge of Arabia’ shows in Istanbul (20019) and Jeddah (2012) and he has also participated in the British Museum’s Hajj exhibition (2012), where not shortly after, his work “Zamzam” was acquired by the museum. He is actively involved in community calligraphy projects and in 2010, won second place in the Kingdom’s National Calligraphy competition. He is also a member of the National Guild of Calligraphers and is an active member of Saudi Arabia’s Arts and Culture Group. In 2012, he successfully opened and sold out his first solo exhibition at Athr Gallery ‘And it Remains…’. His work has since been exhibited at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles (2015/2016), Villa Stuck Museum, Munich (2015) and Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2014) amongst others. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Jameel Prize. His works are held in major museum collections including Centre Pompidou, Paris, LACMA, Los Angeles, The British Museum, London and Al Mansouria Foundation, Jeddah.

Nasser Al-Salem is represented by ATHR, Jeddah

Shaikha Al-Mazrou

Shaikha Al-Mazrou received her Masters in 2014 from the Chelsea College of Fine Art, University of the Arts, London where she was awarded the prestigious MFA Student Prize. Prior to that she studied at the College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah where she is currently a Sculpture Lecturer. Al-Mazrou’s group exhibitions include A Public Privacy, the inaugural edition of UAE Unlimited Arab Exploration, UAE (2015); 1°International Arezzo Biennial of Art, Italy (2013); 14th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh (2010) and group shows at the Sharjah Art Museum, UAE and the Museum of Modern Art, Germany (2010). In 2014 Al-Mazrou was one of five international artists commissioned by the Arab Fund for Art & Culture to produce a public artwork in Dubai as part of their event ‘Make Art Possible’. From 2014 to 2015, Al-Mazrou participated in the groundbreaking group exhibition Past Forward, Contemporary Art from the Emirates, the first exhibition of Emirati Art to tour across the USA. Premiering in Washington, D.C. in May 2014, the exhibition continued to the Fowler Museum in UCLA, Los Angeles afterwards.

Shaikha Al-Mazrou is represented by Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai

Alaa Edris

Alaa Edris is a graduate of Fine Arts, with a concentration in Electronic Media. Edris’s work is often self-reflexive and addresses some of the themes that have dominated Arab artistic research in the last decades, such as the construction of gender, the relationship between tradition and progress, and the language and signs that identify a culture. Her work takes distinct form between video installations, photography and projections on three-dimensional surfaces. Edris’s work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs in Italy, the UK, Turkey, the USA, and the UAE. Edris is a graduate of the 2014-2015 edition of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship (SEAF) programme.


Through connecting his studies in psychology with an intense experimentation in sound, Jumairy undertakes innovative research for his work. The combination produces a range of sensory experiences, traces more than closed works, which spread from real space to the Internet. The artist infuses his imagery with a dark psychedelia that is expressed through performative acts, scientific experiments and mysterious rituals that happen on stage, the big screen and through smartphone apps. The same can be said of his approach to music production, in which Arabic electro-pop is intertwined with sounds akin to Marilyn Manson. Jumairy is an iconic personality whose music resonates with the new generation of Emiratis. Beyond this, his works are conceived to process traumas, both personal and collective. Jumairy’s recent exhibitions include, BRZ5, FARE, Milan (2016); A.i.R, Art Dubai, Dubai (2016); Public Privacy, DUCTAC, Dubai (2015). His work has been collected and supported by Barjeel Art Foundation and Maraya Art Centre.


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