Art Jameel, to open in Fall 2018, is launching its first art commission with the project by Kuwait-based artists Alia Farid and Aseel AlYaqoub. The artists’ major, immersive installation “Contrary Life: A Botanical Light Garden Devoted to Trees” debuts at the opening of the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai this coming winter. The artists are being granted a commission to realize their work, which will be exhibited in Winter 2018. They will reflect on our relationship with the natural world; their site-specific installation acts as a community botanical garden, albeit one made up of artificial, hybrid trees and flora.
The shortlist included four artists — Mohammed Kazem, Anahita Razmi and Mounira Al Solh as well as Farid and AlYaqoub; all four artists developed further their concepts and a final jury deliberation settled on the Kuwaiti artists as the winners.
The 2017-2018 Jury included writer and curator Shumon Basar; independent curator and art historian Reem Fadda; James Lingwood, Co-director, Artangel; Elvira Dyangani Ose, Senior Curator of Creative Time and Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London; and Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President, Sharjah Art Foundation; plus representatives from Art Jameel.
- Contrary Life: A Botanical Light Garden Devoted to Trees, Courtesy of the artists