Work from the 1980s by 14 Emirati artists will be exhibited at the upcoming Venice Biennale.
Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation and curator of the UAE national pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, has selected the work for a show titled “1980 -Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates.”
The artists are: Ahmed Al Ansari, Moosa Al Halyan, Mohammed Al Qassab, Abdul Qader Al Rais, Abdullah Al Saadi, Mohammed Abdullah Bulhiah, Salem Jawhar, Mohammed Kazem, Najat Meky, Abdulraheem Salim, Hassan Sharif, Obaid Suroor, Dr. Mohamed Yousif, and Abdulrahman Zainal.
Sheikha Hoor said: “The opportunity to curate the UAE’s national pavilion has allowed me to reflect on and honour a significant period of the UAE’s art history.”
She said the aim was to show the diversity of the country’s art scene.
“Over the last decade the UAE art scene has experienced a surge in international recognition and appreciation, however many are still not aware of the depth and diversity of our artists, who have been working decades longer than the current art boom,” said Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, whose foundation supports the pavilion.
“This exhibition represents an opportunity to document, share, and expand upon a key period for the country’s art history.”
Details of the art chosen are still to be finalised but the works will be on display at the UAE’s permanent pavilion during the biennale which runs from May 9 until November 22.