Louvre Abu Dhabi and Swiss watchmaking brand Richard Millelaunchedthe second edition oftheLouvre Abu Dhabi Art Hereexhibition today.On displayuntil19February 2023in the museum’s Forum, the exhibitioncentersaround the theme‘Icon and Iconic’,exploringhow the concept of icon resonates within contemporary art practices and how it informsnew artistic perspectives
Ten artists who have been shortlisted for the Richard Mille Art Prize 2023 are represented in the exhibition "Art Here 2022," which will be on view in the Forum space of the Louvre Abu Dhabi until February 19, 2023. The prize's second iteration is a multidisciplinary celebration of voices from the entire GCC region.
The show features artists Afra Al Dhaheri, Ayman Zedani, Dana Awartani, Elizabeth Dorazio, Manal Al Dowayan, Rand Abdul Jabbar, Simrin Mehra Agarwal, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Vikram Divecha and Zeinab AlHashemi, whose work ranges from sound installation to ceramics, textiles and raw natural materials.
Artists were shortlisted by a five-member jury formed of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, chairman of UAE Unlimited, art collector, and patron; Morad Montazami, a curator, art historian and publisher; Hala Wardé, founding architect of HW Architecture, long-term partner of Jean Nouvel and the lead of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project; Souraya Noujaim, director of scientific, curatorial and collections management at Louvre Abu Dhabi; and Reem Fadda, director of the cultural foundation and curator of Louvre Abu Dhabi ‘Art Here 2022’. The prize winner will be announced in early 2023 and receive an award of USD 60,000.
The artists in the exhibition display works in response to the theme "Icon and Iconic," which explores the historical significance and current pervasiveness of the concept of "icon," and how it now resonates within arts and culture. Ten artists who have been shortlisted for the Richard Mille Art Prize 2023 are represented in the exhibition "Art Here 2022," which will be on view in the Forum space of the Louvre Abu Dhabi until February 19, 2023. The prize's second iteration is a multidisciplinary celebration of voices from the entire GCC region.
SHAIKHA AL MAZROU
Shaikha Al Mazrou’s practice is anchored in history of art, borrowing from minimal and conceptual art,and underlines a fascination with materiality.Her sculptural experimentations and investigations are an intuitive understanding of materials and their physical properties.In A Still Life of an Ever-changing Crop Field, she takes the desert as a basis, and emphasizes the rise of modern agriculture techniques, which challenge the sterile stereotype. Fascinated by the mapping of the crops location, their systematic placement and rotations, the architectural grid, the artist questions this hybrid creation of modern engineering-calculated circular shapes non-native to the land, placed in an environment where they do not belong-and the nature’s place in a world invaded by human imprint. The work is an information archive of the existing crops, translated as hand-made ceramic configurations.
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