21 October, 2013

Alserkal Avenue

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Last week I spent a delightful Saturday morning browsing the galleries in Alserkal Avenue, which is something I really don't do often enough. It's very easy to forget that art actually exists in Dubai, possibly because, like with everything else in this city, you have to physically seek the venues out - you're never going to just walk past street art or stumble across a great gallery.

Even so, Alserkal is a rough little gem, in the industrial Al Quoz area, and spending the morning there thoroughly cleaned out my cultural cobwebs and has revitalised my artistic enthusiasm. (The divine slice of carrot cake at Lime Tree Cafe afterwards wasn't too bad either!)

Anyway, here are some of my Instagram snaps from the various exhibitions...

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My favourite by far, though, was Khosh Bosh! by Hatty Pedder, at Mojo Gallery. The standout pieces for me was her collection of neon, layered, multimedia works (two pictured below). The artist's sense of humour shines through her talented ink drawings, depicting Beirut street scenes and portraying the city as vibrant, absurd and complex. This complexity is reflected in the multi-media approach that she takes (sequins, paint, photos, paper are all sandwiched between sheets of neon PVC plastic) but the focus always remains on the people in each image, who effectively characterise the city's confused identity and enigmatic juxtapositions.

"She is full of contradictions. At once sophisticated and charming, violent, complex and confusing. she is expressive and self absorbed. Consistently unpredictable she lures and repels in equal measure; with a capacity to disillusion and exhilarate she fills you with all manner of frustrations but never fails to envelop you in her unique embrace. She is Beirut."

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Now I'm just even more excited about visiting Beirut for the first time next week! 

But seriously, if you're looking for something different to do in Dubai, I thoroughly recommend going to Alserkal, walking into Mojo and getting up close to these blindingly bright and beautiful pieces by Hatty Pedder.

Some other for the diary: Art Night on 10th November, Quoz Happens on 23rd November.




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