Exhibition showcasing newly commissioned artworks of Emirati artists
The third edition of \"Emirati Expressions: Realised\", an exhibition showcasing newly commissioned artworks of six distinguished Emirati artists from across the U.A.E. has officially commenced at Manarat Al Saadiyat in
Running until 18th January 2014 at the Arts Centre on Saadiyat Island, \"Emirati Expressions: Realised\" presents the previously \"unrealised\" projects of Emirati artists Abdullah Al Saadi, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Layla Juma, Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, and Mohammed Kazem.
Based on their unfulfilled projects, the exhibition showcases contemporary pieces to present the true extent of their artistic expertise and now realised artistic visions.
Alongside the exhibition, Emirati Expressions has officially unveiled an exciting public programme featuring renowned artists from the wider Emirati art community, including Abdul Qader Al Rais, Dr. Najat Makki, Jalal Luqman, Sumayyah Al Suwaidi, and Mattar bin Lahej, who through a series of public talks, such as the \"Full Artist Circle\" talk and educational workshops, will share their expertise on the contemporary art scene in the U.A.E..
\"Emirati Expressions: Realised\" is curated by Reem Fadda, Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art, Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim, with Maisa Al Qasimi, Programmes Manager in the Museums Department of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
The first Emirati Expressions exhibition was held in 2009, when 64 Emirati artists were represented by more than 165 paintings, sculptures, drawings, calligraphic works, prints, photographs, videos, mixed-media works and installations. The second edition (2011-2012) reflected on Emirati cultural heritage through a thematic lens: \"Movement of Thoughts\" which included photographs by Emirati artists as well as visiting photographers with a global viewpoint.