The Dreamers by Studio Lenca
The Dreamers in Gallery 8 and The Room will feature an experimental show by Studio Lenca.
Taking inspiration from Studio Lenca’s observations in the souqs of Bur Dubai and Deira, Studio Lenca will present a number of portraits with an autographical ethos that explore themes of identity displacement.
Working in a variety of mediums including painting, performance, video and sculpture, Studio Lenca is alias of the Latino artist Jose Campos. He was born in La Paz, El Salvador and fled his homeland in the 1980s owing to violent civil unrest. Having travelled to the US by land, where he lived illegally with his mother, Campos’s work often focuses on ideas around identity and visibility.
The Future Past by Baber Afzal
Fine art photographer, filmmaker and visual artist Baber Afzal, who is from Pakistan and lives in Dubai, will be showcasing his work in Gallery 4 in an exhibition titled The Future Past.
Afzal’s larger-than-life images, featuring stunning landscapes and architecture such as Burj Khalifa, capture the scale and greatness of his subjects.
Whether manipulating light through techniques while shooting or post-shoot, Afzal’s work is often arresting and surreal.
Dancers Soul by Stuart Lawson
In Gallery 3, British photographer Stuart Lawson will be showing a range of mesmerising images of dancers from the Bolshoi ballet in his exhibition Dancers Soul.
Depicting dance through the visual arts seems only natural. From the costumes, dynamism and expressive movements, artists such as William Blake, Edward Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse and Keith Haring have been fascinated by the subject.
Lawson’s career has also explored the art of dance, particularly ballet, through the medium of documentation and photography, paying special attention to expressing the dancers’ emotions through movement and form.
Dreams Within Dreams by Debjani Bhardwaj
Indian artist Debjani Bhardwaj will be showing her striking and ornate illustrations in Gallery 5 in her solo exhibition Dreams Within Dreams.
Bhardwaj’s interest in Middle Eastern folk stories and her skill in using delicate mediums such as paper and ceramics results in charming and intricate images.
From smaller works to larger scale pieces, the physicality that Debjani applies to her work, whether cutting, slicing, tearing or piercing, is evident in the fragile mediums she works with and disguised through the perfectly composed and executed works.