Abdullah Al Saadi

Abdullah Al Saadi’s work ranges from painting, drawing and the creation of lengthy artist’s notebooks to the collection and systemic categorisation of found objects and the invention of new alphabets. A great affinity with nature and rural life informs his practice, which explores the changing environment as well as personal and cultural history.

He is a graduate of the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, and holds a BA degree in English Literature. From 1994 to 1996 he studied Japanese painting at Kyoto Seika University in Japan.

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Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim (1962) was born in Khorfakkan, UAE. He carries a degree in Psychology from Al Ain University, and completed a residency at Le Consortium Art Centre in Dijon, France.

His work has been exhibited internationally, including the Sharjah Biennial in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2007, the 2009 Venice Biennale, the Kunstmuseum Bonn in 2005, the Sharjah Art Museum in 2005 and 1996, the Dhaka Biennial in 2002 and 1993, Germany’s Ludwig Forum in 2002, the 2000 Havana Biennial, the 1998 Cairo Biennial, the Institut du Monde Arabe in 1998, Holland’s Sittard Art Center in 1995, and Moscow’s 1990 “Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Art Society in the Soviet Union.”

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Mohammed Kazem

Mohammed Kazem (born 1969, Dubai) lives and works in Dubai. He has developed an artistic practice that encompasses video, photography and performance to find new ways of apprehending his environment and experiences. The foundations of his work are informed by his training as a musician, and Kazem is deeply engaged with developing processes that can render transient phenomena, such as sound and light, in tangible terms. Often positioning himself within his work, Kazem responds to geographical location, materiality and the elements as a means to assert his subjectivity, particularly in relation to the rapid pace of modernisation in the Emirates since the country's founding. 

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Hassan Sharif

Hassan Sharif (1951–2016) made a vital contribution to conceptual art and experimental practice in the Middle East through 40 years of performances, installations, drawing, painting, and assemblage. Prior to leaving the UAE to study in England in 1979, Sharif gained attention for his cartoons published in the UAE press – ironic, outspoken critiques of the rapid industrialisation of the Emirates and political deadlock of 1970s Arab Nationalism. As an artist, he rejected calligraphic abstraction, which was becoming the dominant discourse in the Middle East at that time, and pursued instead a pointedly contemporary vocabulary, drawing on the non-elitism and intermedia of Fluxus and the potential in British Constructionism's systemic processes of making.

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Hussain Sharif

Born in 1961 in Dubai, UAE, Hussain Sharif studied at the High Institute of Kuwait and graduated with a degree in theater design in 1986. He then took on the post of Head designer at Sharjah TV and began exhibiting his artworks in the UAE. Sharif’s creations represent a form of expression in which methodical, forceful and obstinate will for reducing the creative tension is taken to the limit of the physically defined “object”.

“I believe that artist should not simply search for old materials used many years before, and use them as means of identity. The change which started in our society in mid-seventies is very violent and rapid, and it is happening on all the levels. In my recycled artwork, Cars, I used cups, plastic bottles and metal cans. The streets of our cities are really crowded with materials, and the sanctity of any kind of individual material is lost. I like to recycle my art.” 

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