An online art event charting the path to the future

Purva Grover
Filed on May 18, 2020

A work by Tarek Al-Ghoussein

A work by by Shahpour Pouyan

A digital art event featuring several art galleries in Dubai will run on the portal, notcancelled.art

In the current times, when the predominant news we're receiving from the art world is of events standing cancelled or postponed indefinitely, it's nice to come across a portal by the name, Not Cancelled. It's nicer when you spot Dubai's galleries in there. notcancelled.art is an initiative that was born out of the necessity to create viable digital options for art institutions. It's currently hosting a week-long digital art event featuring Dutch galleries, and from May 19 onwards, a handful of Dubai-based galleries will be partaking in the same as well. The event will feature several invited Dubai galleries; each of the galleries will present two artists from their programme, and throughout the week the online event will feature walk-throughs and exclusive interviews with the gallerists and artists involved. Here's some information from Dubai-based art galleries.

The Third Line is representing two artists from their programme: Sara Naim's practice dissects how proportion shapes our perception and notion of boundary. As a Kuwaiti of Palestinian origin, much of Tarek Al-Ghoussein's work deals with how his identity is shaped in a context of inaccessibility and loss.

Lawrie Shabibi will present new works by Shahpour Pouyan and Ishmael Randall Weeks. Ishmael Randall Weeks, whose show was cancelled due to the gallery closures in March, presents five works from the series Codigos Atemporales. Shahpour Pouyan, on the other hand, presents two-dimensional miniatures, a continuation of a series he started in 2008, that are reproductions of medieval and pre-modern paintings from Iran and Central Asia that are edited (digitally and manually) to remove any of the characters.

The other participating galleries include Carbon 12, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Green Art Gallery, and Grey Noise.

Not Cancelled, run by Treat Agency, is offering support to the art scene in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. To know more, drop by at www.notcancelled.art/dubai


 
 
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