Guggenheim: Inspiring new line-up for In The Studio


In the Studio hosts a virtual programme organised by Guggenheim Abu Dhabi to support Abu Dhabi-based artists and nurture the creative ecosystem in the emirate.

Running until 28th July, the programme will introduce resident artists Afra Al Dhaheri, Mays Albaik and Simrin Mehra Agarwal through a series of virtual studio visits and a live stream panel discussion, which will be available to view on the website and Abu Dhabi Culture social media platforms.

Born in Abu Dhabi, Afra Al Dhaheri’s work stems from her experiences growing up in the emirate and the wider UAE – a place of recent and rapid change. Working across various mediums, including mixed media, sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, photography and printmaking, she experiments with materiality, ritual and process. Al Dhaheri will introduce her work during a studio visit on 30th June.

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Mays Albaik’s interdisciplinary visual practice investigates how a sense of place is formed, reflected and refracted – whether through the body, language, or their various intersections. Developed out of the oral telling of her family’s history and Palestinian heritage, Albaik reveals a winding path through geopolitical and cultural landscapes that led to where she is now.

Indian-born Simrin Mehra Agarwal is an Abu Dhabi-based artist whose practice is anchored in how we understand nature. Her work explores the periods between destruction and rebirth when growth takes place silently in ways that are impossible to observe. In drawings, carvings and reliefs on paper, wood and plaster, Mehra Agarwal creates complex and elaborate compositions that meticulously scrutinize, dissect and deconstruct even the finest of details to draw out hidden meanings and connections.

To conclude the programme on 28th July, 2021, a panel discussion will be held at 6:30 PM, inviting the three participating artists to discuss the joys and challenges of growing their careers, navigating the exponential growth of the UAE’s arts and culture scene, and how they envision the future of the local creative ecosystem in 10 years’ time.

The panel will be moderated by Guggenheim Abu Dhabi curators Sara bin Safwan and Jessica Cerasi.

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Watch and practice from In the Studio sessions available to stream on the website and Abu Dhabi Culture social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube


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