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"Land Change: Art and Environment" exhibition and panel discussion

posted on 19/10/2008: 1905 views

The German-Emirati exhibition "Land Change: Art and Environment" organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage and the Goethe-Institute Gulf Region will be officially inaugurated at the Culture Foundation on 21 October 2008.

The exhibition showcases pictures of the German photographer Petra Patrick and works of art of the three Emirati artists Muna Al Ali, Mohammed Kazem and Abdullah al Saadi, as well as the Dubai based British artist Valerie around the topic of art and environment.

All five artists work on issues of how we interact with our environment, transforming nature into landscape, thus making, changing, destroying, and restoring the contexts in which we live. The German photographer Petra Patrick will show a series of photographs entitled "Desert in Germany". On first sight, the photos seems to depict actual desert landscapes, but - as the captions explain - show a deformed and destroyed (yet beautiful) landscape in open pits of former coal mines.

Mohammed Kazem documents with his large-sized photographs the rapid growth of his native city Dubai and the urbanisation of its surrounding landscapes. Muna Al Ali explores under the title "Nature Dialogue" the relationship between the act of creating art, the cultivation of land and the life cycle of the seeds sowed by man. Abdullah al Saadi's works are inspired by Japanese landscape painting and depict the coastline of the northern Emirates and its changes over time, such as rising hotel buildings. Dubai based British artist Valerie Grove will present her so-called "trash towers", models of Dubai's characteristic skyscrapers built from cans and tins, to call attention to the unsolved green issue of the metropolis.

In a public discussion round before the opening of the exhibition, all five artists present their works and how they approach the issue of environment through art. Public discussion round on October 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm Ibn Rushd Hall, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Cultural Foundation) - Abu Dhabi. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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