Creations by four emerging UAE-based artists are poised to take centre stage for an upcoming exhibition.
Speculative Landscapes will take place from 16th September to 7th December at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, and will feature installations designed by Areej Kaoud, Ayman Zedani, Jumairy and Raja’a Khalid.
The exhibition provides an imaginary journey inspired by the artist’s real-world observations of everyday life.
The series of installations takes on the concept of environment – natural, artificial and virtual – and each raising the questions: how do organisms, whether human or other, create, survive and inhabit our worlds?
Maya Allison, chief curator at NYU Abu Dhabi and the gallery’s executive director, said: “For me, these artists capture something unique in their perspectives, both in how they respond to our surroundings, and how they connect to the unusual art scene here.
“There has been an apparently fast rise of contemporary art in the UAE that matches the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of the country since its founding in 1971.”
She adds: “This exhibition offers a rare lens onto one specific recurring theme that I’ve observed in this emergent scene, a theme that these four artists in particular express through their distinctly arch, speculative, conceptual practice.”