Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi - Exhibition

Ishara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages

Concrete, Alserkal Avenue

05 Mar 201801 Apr 2018

Presented by Alserkal Programming and UAE Unlimited the exhibition “Ishara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages” curated by Karim Sultan, features new works by 10 UAE-based artists, in addition to loaned works by guest artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. The selected artists for the 2018 edition of UAE Unlimited are Amna Al Dabbagh, Cheb Moha, Chndy, Dina Khorchid, Farah Al Qasimi, Flounder Lee, Nasir Nasrallah, Saba Qizilbash, Salem Al Mansoori, and Shaikha Al Ketbi.
The concept of the exhibition is derived from a broad understanding of the meaning and use of language. In Arabic, Ishara, denotes “sign”—the most basic form of communication, and refers to the linguistic marks, gestures and indications, as well as commonly used signals that transcend language, like those used in traffic or urban spaces. The curatorial process for the exhibition has been thematically informed by the idea of “lingua franca,” which hints at constructed, second or third languages that were used to aid communication between various groups or in situations where communication was difficult.

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Karim Sultan

Karim Sultan

Special Events

Destination: Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi
Where: Concrete, Alserkal Avenue
Type: Talk
Admission: Free

Curator Karim Sultan in conversation with three artists from the exhibition (Saba Qizilbash, Flounder Lee, and Dina Khorchid), discussing their distinctive approaches, the development of their practice, and their approach to translating the exhibition theme in their works. Moderated by NYU Abu Dhabi Curator Bana Kattan. This panel is part of the public programme.

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