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Dhabi’s signature Saadiyat Cultural

on kinship and home, nature and

District, which will host branches of

landscape,

the Guggenheim Museum and the

innovation. While immersed in a

Louvre, as well as the Sheikh Zayed

fast-moving,

National Museum and a world-class

continually

performing arts center.

the latest technology and modern

and

technology

transitional being

updated

and space with

architecture, Emirati artists remain Past

Forward:

Contemporary

Art

deeply connected to their traditions.

from the Emirates includes artworks that feature core elements of Emirati

These

paintings,

life and represent all seven emirates. It

sculptures and other media reflect

features artists who draw inspiration

how the UAE has embraced rapid

from their nation’s history, society,

economic development over the past

environment and architecture. While

forty

the overarching theme highlights the

maintaining its rich heritage. The

balance between moving forward as

artists and artwork represented in

a nation and holding onto traditional

this exhibition characterize the past,

roots, several other motifs emerge

present, and future of this dynamic

as well. These include an emphasis

nation.

years,

while

photographs,

simultaneously

been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Bonn, Dubai, New York, Paris, and Tokyo. She participated in the inaugural UAE and Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale, as well as in the 7th Sharjah Biennial. AbdulAziz has also worked for Al Tashkeel magazine since 2000

Ebtisam AbdulAziz, b. 1975 Autobiography, 2007 Video

Ebtisam

AbdulAziz

is

publications. She belongs to several a

multi-

disciplinary artist and writer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in science and mathematics from the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain. Since 2001, her video performances, photography,

and

and contributes art reviews to other

paintings

associations, including the Emirates Fine

Arts

Society,

Dubai

Youth

Theatre, and Art Atelier. Born and raised in Sharjah, AbdulAziz works out of her studio near the Sharjah Art Museum.

have

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Profile for Palm Beach Show Group

LA Art Show Catalogue 2015  

LA Art Show Catalogue 2015