2018 Gateway

  • Abdallah Al Saadi, My Mother's Letters (detail). Courtesy the artist. Photo: Martin Pfeiffer
  • Donald Rodney, In the House of my Father, 1997. Photograph taken by Andra Nelki. Arts Council Collection. Southbank Centre, London © The Estate of Donald G Rodney

Gateway: Structures of Meaning | Architectures of Perception

Dates: 14 November - 26 January 2019
Location: Gallery S, Manarat Al Saadiyat

Structures of Meaning | Architectures of Perception invites us to consider artworks as structures through which 14 international artists experience and interpret the world. The works engage with ideas of constructing meaning through language, or through our navigation of space – our physical acts of moving, seeing and saying.

Some of the artists in this exhibition work with systems of notation and mark making, highlighting the role of language and translation. Others show a collective interest in books as structures of knowledge; and as sustenance and shelter. There are works that dissect the architectures that surround us: the visible, buildings and physical structures; and the encoded and implicit, involving social conventions and regulations.

Structures of Meaning | Architectures of Perception is an invitation for viewers to consider their journey through the exhibition; to inhabit the exhibition space; and to make their own meaning.


Sara Al Haddad

Abdallah Al Saadi

Nazgol Ansarinia

Muhanned Cader

Marysia Lewandowska

Kim Lim

Seema Nusrat

Joanna Piotrowska

Abigail Reynolds

Donald Rodney

Hajra Waheed

Rachel Whiteread

Lantian Xie

Samson Young


Curated by Hammad Nasar, with Sophie Persson