DUBAI | until Oct 30, 2019

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Unreal. Unseen. Untouched. by Alaa Edris

This exhibition marks the first solo presentation of works by the UAE-based artist Alaa Edris. The exhibition will feature works spanning the last decade, including revisited work adapted to the exhibition space, and new works being shown for the first time.

Alaa Edris uses photography, film and performance to enact experimental mappings and manipulations of her social and urban environment.

Acting as anthropologist, cartographer and sci-fi voyager, she contends with dominant issues from the field of Arab artistic research, including the construction of gender, the relationship between tradition and progress, and language as a medium to identify, shape and articulate a culture.

Brief Bio of Alaa Edris

Born in Sharjah in 1986, Alaa Edris uses photography, film and performance to enact experimental mappings and manipulations of her social and urban environment.

Acting as anthropologist, cartographer and sci-fi voyager, she contends with dominant issues from the field of Arab artistic research,

including the construction of gender, the relationship between tradition and progress, and language as a medium to identify, shape and articulate a culture.

Her background as a photographer and filmmaker is evident across her practice, where individual works act like freeze-frames and provocative vignettes from which dense narratives expand.

Observations of her immediate context – the UAE in the late-2010s – are manipulated through more fantastic conduits to realize uncanny dioramas and instigations, uncomfortable in their simultaneous familiarity and distortion.

She mines the collective realities of morphing urban environments, the fertile bed of folklore and the forceful semiotics of gender and belief to re-propose and re-purpose the remnants of architecture, myth and social history.

Each work acts as a nexus, where her excavation of these collective materials lights imagined, parallel possibilities for re-interpretation and progress – often fantastic yet potent with uncanny familiarity.

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Dubai, UAE




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