Where We Dwell
Reflecting on the relationship between the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival and Al Jazirah Al Hamra Heritage Village, Where We Dwell explores the transactional relationship between the individual and the environments they live with and within. Treating our spatial experiences and the body as landscapes through which we traverse, the show explores how our journeys through these landscapes shape our perception of the world.
The featured artists meditate on how their environments change them, the value they attach to that experience, and the meaning they derive from it, through works that revolve around themes of introspection, familiarity, ephemerality, and change. Where We Dwell asks: How does one express a metaphysical journey, in a landscape that changes quickly, during a time when the meaning of 'change' is changing rapidly?
The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery
Established in 2014, The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery is the Gulf’s first and only university gallery with a program of scholarly and experimental museum exhibitions. The program seeks to map new territories and ideas through presenting exhibitions by internationally established artists, curators, and scholars at its main space. Its auxiliary venue, the Project Space, is an exhibition laboratory for the university community, and for emerging artists and curators. Situated within NYU Abu Dhabi, the community of which hails from over 115 countries, The Art Gallery organizes free public programs and guided tours in conjunction with its groundbreaking exhibitions. It also produces scholarly publications, which are a core part of its curatorial frame and reflect its academic mission. Collectively, with the Gallery’s Reading Room, these welcoming, intimate spaces open up artistic opportunities and initiate regional and international dialogue.