Jameel Arts Center lavishes a feast of programs on its cultural table

Taus Makhacheva’s composition titled A Celebration Space.

Mohammad Yusuf, Feature Writer

A film programme, two major art exhibitions and a research commission exploring food in Dubai as a focal point, are some of the delights to be enjoyed at the Jameel Arts Centre. The Artist’s Rooms welcomes Samson Young (until May 7) with a new site-specific installation, Reasonable Music – an interactive environment comprised of text as sound and image. Daodejing Taoist text is translated and information from computer analysis about its characteristics is filtered to generate sound and visual objects – which are transformed, distorted and take on new functionality as they pass through a chain of ‘events.

The exhibition is accompanied by a monograph with an essay by Orianna Cacchione, Curator of Global Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. It is published by Art Jameel and is available in the Art Jameel store. A film program (March 23 – May 9) reflects on the ecological, social and geopolitical characteristics of food and food systems. The films are programmed in parallel with the exhibition Staple: What’s on your plate? organized by Rahul Gudipudi and Danielle Burrows and currently also presented at Hayy Jameel, Jeddah. The exhibition was developed in collaboration by Art Jameel and Delfina Foundation. Fahd Burki: Daydreams (until October 9) is the artist’s first investigative exhibition, bringing together works spanning the last fifteen years of his practice.

Burki’s paintings, drawings and sculptures draw on a wide range of influences, including architecture, nature and various streams of contemporary popular culture.


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A publication containing essays by Murtaza Vali, Saira Ansari and Dawn Ross accompanies the exhibition.

Taus Makhacheva: A Space of Celebration (until August 14) is Makhacheva’s first retrospective exhibition in the Middle East. It brings together works created over the past thirteen years, including a new site-specific commission.

Its facilities involve imperfect gymnastic training arenas, Soviet-era circuses, wedding halls and suspended mountain ranges. The facts mingle with the myths of everyday life, disturbing the notion of cultural authenticity, giving way to the fantastic. In her latest iteration of Library Circles, Jameel Library presents the research of food writer and filmmaker Salma Serry (through August 1), developed over the past few years, in which she explores regional menus as a site of confluence where history, knowledge, politics, economics, meaning and semantics unfold.

Serry includes printed menus, informal publications, interviews, personal photo archives, to build and share overlooked archival materials that piece together a regional narrative.

jameel art 2 Artist’s Rooms hosts the works of Samson Young at the Jameel Arts Centre.

Alongside this, Art Jameel is also launching #dubaizaman, a collaborative project that asks participants to tap into their personal archives for Kodak moments from birthdays, weddings, graduations and various celebrations, expressed through what is served on Table.

To enter, submit your images by tagging @jameelartscentre and using #dubaizaman on Instagram or by emailing [email protected]

Each submission should include a caption, detailing dates, names and location, if possible (90 words minimum). Each month, for the duration of the exhibition, a selection will be made and shared via Jameel’s social media channels, while the rest will join Serry’s archives.

The park’s inaugural projects at Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park invite artists to produce work within the context of the park. Since 2021, the artist and pedagogue Nahla Tabbaa has used the outdoor spaces of the Jameel Arts Center as places of experimentation.

Shamsa is a series of temporal interventions using textile and organic materials to observe the passage of time through the impact of the sun. Tabbaa’s commission also results in a limited-edition artist’s book, designed by Layan Attari, and available at the Art Jameel store. Hong Kong artist Trevor Yeung uses botanical ecology, horticulture and installation in Volcanic Universe (until May) to occupy the outdoor parking lot of Jameel Arts Centre.

Connected to the recycled irrigation system of the park thanks to reused sprinklers, they approach notions of artificiality. By popular demand, artist Hassan Khan’s large-scale multilingual musical artwork remains at the park for the third year (until May 22).

It includes musical scores and spoken narration, written in three movements and composed especially for a public park and involves text written by the artist and presented in three languages: Arabic, Urdu and English.

The Jameel Arts Center Artist’s Garden commission awarded to Namrata Neog and Sunoj D’s Desert is a Forest explores the relationship between humans, animals, flora and fauna in the landscape of the United Arab Emirates.

The plant species grown in the artist’s garden are indigenous to the United Arab Emirates and tell the story of their traditional uses as food and medicine. It is visible until September 4.

The Art Jameel Shop features giftware, children’s books, ceramics, handcrafted incense burners, money envelopes to collect (all) the Eid money, and inspirational cookbooks for kids. culinary creations, to spice up iftar and suhoor tables. Items are available in store and online, with worldwide delivery. Jameel’s recently opened locally sourced, zero-waste and seasonal Teible Bakery and Restaurant features new dishes served throughout the Holy Month as part of its all-day à la carte bistro menu. Inspired by regional classics, the dishes revisit traditional cuisine with a touch of originality, including the traditional quzi, the succulent moutabal and a delicious dessert consisting of a variety of local dates accompanied by homemade buttermilk ice cream to satisfy the sweet tooth. of all. Teible’s Ramadan dishes are served daily (except Tuesdays, when it’s closed). Teible is also offering limited-edition baking boxes, available for pre-order for Eid (April 23-29).

Freeda S. Scott