ATHR gallery presents curated show entitled Letters at Abu Dhabi Art
Visitors to this year’s Abu Dhabi Art will encounter a dynamic exhibition by ATHR based on the writings of HE Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE’s Ambassador to France and published in his book Letters To A Young Muslim. Thirty-one artists from the UAE and from KSA will have works included in the exhibition.
Letters brings together works that respond to or resonate with sub-categories within the book including: Fragments of a Memory, Youth and the Other, Dual Landscapes, Probable Questions, The Power of Language and The Grey Area.
The exhibition provides a platform for exchanging ideas on issues around identity and challenges faced by youth of today, exploring contemporary experiences of being a Muslim in a globalised world. The book on which it is based takes the form of a series of letters from Ghobash to his young Muslim son. The book has been lauded for its wisdom, open mindedness and deep reflections, with thoughts that adhere firmly to the forward-thinking nature and openness of Islam.
Artists who have contributed include Abdulnasser Gharem, Ahmed Mater, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Aya Haidar, Dana Awartani, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Shamma Al Amri, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Hind Mezaina and Lamya Gargash.
Dyala Nusseibeh, Director, Abu Dhabi Art said: “It has been a pleasure to collaborate with ATHR in creating Letters as it promotes openness to other nations, tolerance and cultural dialogue, all of which are important to Abu Dhabi Art. This exhibition addresses all segments of the community and marks the beginning of an expanded platform for galleries in the emirate, aimed at engaging the public in constructive discourse through the diverse concepts that the artworks embody.”
Mohammd Hafiz, founder of ATHR said: “It’s is great to see this exhibition taking place for the second time, especially with a focus on artists from KSA and UAE. We had a very good response from our audience and youth in Jeddah and I am sure that it will have the same impact in Abu Dhabi. We are proud of the exhibition and thankful to Abu Dhabi Art for giving us this platform to bring it to the UAE.”
Abu Dhabi Art will take place at Manarat Al Saadiyat from 14th – 17th November 2018 and will gather gallerists, artists, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics from across the globe. Letters exhibition will continue until January 26 at Manarat Al Saadiyat.