Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has selected renowned Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem to create a commissioned sculpture for its Art Programme. The work of art will be presented in late 2016 alongside a bespoke motor car which will be inspired by the sculpture.
Mohammed Kazem joins eminent artists from around the world who have been commissioned by the marque to create unique works of art and becomes the first Emirati to be featured in the programme.
Both the sculpture and the car are expected to demonstrate Mohammed Kazem’s particular interest in using latitude and longitude coordinates in his work. His fascination with collecting and documenting information about seemingly unimportant objects, by photographing them and mapping their coordinates, will be demonstrated in both works. In his practice, he uses GPS as a tool for drawing shapes and recording an item’s location.
The Art Programme’s legacy of fostering creativity, enabling artists to create new projects and to explore new areas of their practice will continue as Rolls-Royce will support Kazem, who has previously worked in the mediums of video, performance and installation, in producing a metal-based sculptural work for the first time.
Mohammed Kazem, commenting on his work for the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, says: “It gives me great pride to be the first ever Emirati artist selected by such a historic and iconic brand as Rolls-Royce to be a part of their Art Programme. As an artist a big part of my work is finding the right inspiration that can develop into an artistic expression, and Rolls-Royce is a brand that is full of inspiration from its rich heritage to the Bespoke craftsmanship throughout its build process. We are looking forward to creating something truly memorable and unique.”
Dubai-based Kazem is acknowledged as one of the ‘Five’, an informal group of Emirati artists at the forefront of conceptual and interdisciplinary art practice. Kazem often works on simultaneous projects over extended periods of time, observing the transformations of his surroundings and the effects of time. Selected to represent the United Arab Emirates in 2013’s Venice Biennale, the artist presented an immersive video and GPS installation of his series Directions, in which the viewer stood at the center of a room surrounded by a moving projection of the sea. In addition to the 2013 Venice Biennale, Kazem’s work has been prominently featured at venues around the world, including several Sharjah Biennials, the Singapore Biennial (2006), the Havana Biennial (2000), the Dhaka Biennial (2002), and at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, in the major survey, Arab Express (2012).
To date, Rolls-Royce has worked with leading international artists and key figures from the contemporary art world including Isaac Julien, Ana Maria Tavares, Morgan Wong, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Angela Bulloch, Ugo Rondinone, Michael Zavros, Regina Silveira, and Will Cotton.