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This art exhibition is bridging the Gulf and Japan

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25 Jul 2021 02:07:10 GMT9
25 Jul 2021 02:07:10 GMT9

Arab News

Curated by Swiss-Japanese artist Sophie Arni, the “East-East Vol. 4: The Curio Shop” exhibition aimed to showcase a new dialogue between artists from the Arabian Gulf and East Asia. The Japan-based exhibition, that ended on July 24, featured 14 artists from the Gulf region and Japan.

Almaha Jaralla

Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, Jaralla’s inspiration comes from deconstructing facets of her own upbringing in a conservative Emirati family.

Hashel Al-Lamki

An artist and painter based in the UAE, Al-Lamki co-founded Bait 15, an artist-run studio and gallery space in Abu Dhabi.

Khalid Mezaina

The artist’s works reflect his personal interests, including comic books, music and dance, and traditional costumes and textiles from around the world.

Aisha Al-Ali

The Abu Dhabi-based painter and multidisciplinary artist has exhibited her works locally and internationally, including in Venice and Sharjah.

Meryem Meg

Based in the UK, the Algerian-Bulgarian artist works with mediums such as painting, video installations, and bookmaking, and in recent years has been studying the principles of wabi-sabi (an ancient aesthetic philosophy rooted in Zen Buddhism). 

Salman Al-Najem

An artist and cultural leader based in Bahrain, his work deals with the divine and spiritual, and often derives inspiration from recognizable motifs of his local environment.

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