Curated by Maya Allison (Chief Curator at NYU Abu Dhabi and Executive Director of the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery), this exhbition takes viewers into the world of four UAE-based artists.
Through close study of their surroundings in the UAE, every one of the artists reflect on shared futures: Areej Kaoud, Ayman Zedani, Jumairy and Raja’a Khalid.
Collectively, the artists in the exhibition explore the very concept of the environment (natural, artificial, virtual). Each one raises a question: how do organisms - albeit human or other, procreate, survive and inhabit our natural, artificial and virtual worlds?
Each installation offers an imaginary journey derived from the artists’ real-world observations of everyday life. In Raja’a Khalid's performative installation, she invites viewers to embrace personal well-being as a commodifiable trend, while Areej Kaoud’s playground keeps visitors on high alert to ever-present risk. In two very different landscape installations, Ayman AZedani and Jumairy each propose worlds in which our natural bodies and the landscape around us manifest biological or artificial intelligence.
The four artists in this exhibition have developed their practice in the UAE, establishing a strong regional track record, as well as an emerging international presence. They share a speculative practice, extrapolating imagined worlds within existing ones.