Emirati and UAE-based artists celebrated the second ‘Outdoor Art Project,’ by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), and Dubai Properties Group (DPG), recently.
The art works of selected artists are displayed at Bay Avenue, Executive Towers in Business Bay, and depict the artistic expression of the evolution of Dubai, covering everything from its economic and social infrastructure to its cultural and artistic landscape.
Based on the theme ‘This is Dubai, the city that I lived,’ selected artists including FN Designs, Mohammed Al Marzouqi, Hadier Shihabi, Areej Al Hammadi, Michal Teague, Darwin Guevarra, Sandra Surtie, Lucas Surtie, Elise Vazelakis, Farah Nasri, Amal Al Beiti, and Flordeliza Pesigan, explore everything from photography to video and mixed media installations, to express their creativity.
Khalil Abdulwahid, manager, Visual Arts, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said the exhibition shows the cultural influence of Dubai in artists who derive inspiration from the city’s evolving landscapes.
Illustrator Areej Al Hammadi’s Cat in the Big City is an interactive comic about a cat dreaming of being out in Dubai, while self-taught artist Amal Al Beiti’s digital painting Kayla’s Reflection, symbolises harmony within the city’s multicultural society.
Mohammed Al Marzouqi’s Ray of Light is an HDR photograph highlighting the light exposure of Dubai’s skyline; and FN Design’s ‘Something’ City, depicts a city of profound culture and tradition.
Other works include: Farah Nasri’s mixed media Projecting an Oasis out of a desert canvas; Elise Vazelakis’ installation of the rich Arabesque architecture; Darwin Guevarra’s City of Dreamers, a mixed media artwork using scrap and found objects; Sandra Surtie’s Wall Stencils, inspired by the urban environment;
Lucas Surtie’s Abstract Arabesque, a classic harmony, symmetry and balance of the multiculturalism in Dubai; Michal Teague’s Drift, an installation highlighting the phenomenon of fleeting beauty that often goes unnoticed; Hadier Shihabi’s This is Dubai, a series of short films and documentaries following various people in Dubai; and Flordeliza Pesigan’s The Commingling, an acrylic painting reiterating the city’s assimilated outlook.
The works under the ‘Outdoor Art Project’ will be on display at Bay Avenue throughout the year.