This informal presentation offers an overview on Mohammed Kazem’s most recent paintings besides displaying a selection of his iconic scratches and photographic series intertwined with de Marchi’s videos and embroideries, with a special focus on the new series that she created during her last residencies in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Amsterdam.
Mohammed Kazem studied Fine Arts at the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Sharjah and subsequently studied music at Al Rayat Music Institute of Dubai and painting at the Edinburgh College of Art. From 1999 to 2009 he was a Painting Instructor at the Dubai Art Atelier. Since 1984 has been a member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society. In 2012, Kazem completed a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Kazem’s works have been selected for Biennials and exhibitions around the world for over two decades, including Moscow, Holland, Singapore, Japan, Egypt, India, Germany, and Cuba. He has also taken part in several Sharjah International Art Biennials and was awarded first prize for his installation in 1999 and 2003. Kazem was the curator of the 8th Sharjah Biennial in 2007. Since then, he was the curator of The Flying House from 2007-2011, while simultaneously curating exhibitions in Spain, Switzerland, and in the UAE. His works have been collected by private and public institutions such as Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Foundation Louis Vuitton, MATHAF Doha, and Sharjah Art Foundation.
Cristiana de Marchi was born in Turin, Italy (1968) and currently lives and works between Dubai and Beirut. An artist, curator and writer, she holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class honors from the Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy. She conducts personal artistic and literary research as well as publishing articles and essays in catalogues and magazines devoted to contemporary art. A former associate member of the collective “Sezione”, Turin, she is a founder member of Artfield, Turin and collaborates with The Flying House in Dubai. Her works have recently been shown in group exhibitions in Sharjah and Dubai, UAE; Morelia, Mexico; Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Milano, Italy; Sofia, Bulgaria.
- Cristiana de Marchi, Crescent, 2010
- Cristiana de Marchi, Untitled, 2011