Foundry opens five new exhibitions in downtown Dubai art space

Foundry, an art space located in downtown Dubai, is presenting five new shows with more than 10 artists starting this month.

Among his latest presentations is an exhibition by Emirati artist Juma Alhaj, which contemplates the relationship between art and language. Raised between the United Arab Emirates and the United States, Alhaj is originally from Sharjah.

His meditative and abstract paintings are drawn from the artist’s own spiritual experiences, and his works refer to ancient religious texts, as well as personal letters and notes. As such, his pieces can be interpreted from both a universal and a personal point of view.

Another highlight is a section organized by Niharika Momtaz for Bangladesh Art Week, which will also have a presentation at Gulf Photo Plus which opens on Wednesday. As part of the event, Bengali artists such as Tayeba Begum Lipi, Ashfika Rahman and Yasmin Jahan Nupur will be presented, highlighting the artistic diversity of the country.

Inside The Room at Foundry, Zihan Karim presents a video projection installation titled Parallel extension. The artist uses Mars as an entry point to explore concepts of space, encompassing macrocosms, planets, eclipses, and unidentified moving objects.

In another Gallery 8, the private collection of Mojgan Endjavi Barbe, titled Once Upon a Time, will be showing. The group of works intersects with various mediums, including calligraphy, photography and hand-sewn textile installations. Integrated are the codes and signs of the artists and visual storytellers included in the work who share their visions of the world.


The final section of New Foundry Exhibits is an NFT Showcase curated by Morrow Collective. It is a hybrid exhibition of physical and NFT formats with eight artists, centered on a curatorial theme of the circle as a metaphor for movement and speed, alluding to the acceleration of technology in the digital realm.

Entitled Into the Revolution, the exhibition features works by Willow Suleimenova, Ruba Salameh, Hazem Harb, Huma Shoaib Bashar Alhroub, Fethi Sahraoui, Abdullah Dhiaa Al-deen and Fink 22.

The shows are now presented at Foundry Downtown Dubai.

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Update: September 21, 2021, 10:01 am

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