Abdullah Al Saadi (1967) was born in Khorfakkan, UAE, where he lives and works. He graduated from United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain and holds a BA degree in English Literature. From ’94 to ’96 he studied Japanese painting at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. Al Saadi’s multidisciplinary practice includes painting, drawing, lengthy artist’s notebooks, collection and 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 has exhibited internationally and regionally including; Emirati Expressions: Realised at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE(2013); Body Art and Performance in the Gulf Area: 16 artists at New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE (2013); Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, UAE (2011); 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy(2011); ADACH Platform at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2009); Languages of the Desert at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2005); the 26th São Paulo Biennial, Sao Paolo, Brazil (2004); Sharjah Biennial 5, Sharjah, UAE (2003), 5/U.A.E., The Art of the Five from the United Arab Emirates at the Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany (2002).
October 24th – The Monsters Between Us and The Journeys Without, a poetry reading with Jason Wee.