Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between sunrise and sunset – Announcements
In Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between sunrise and sunset, a single work makes up the entire exhibition of the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is now open at the 2022 Venice Biennale, with a virtual tour available here. A full range of colors come from the papier-mâché materials alone: brightly colored kraft paper, dried grass, leaves, tea, coffee and tobacco combine to create the 128 human-sized sculptural elements of the ‘work. Curated by Maya Allison, Executive Director of New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, this major new work by Emirati artist Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim is accompanied by a monographic publication, chronicling the artist’s life and work at the avant-garde of the artistic community of the United Arab Emirates.
Ibrahim has spent the better part of four decades developing an intensely experimental and prolific artistic practice. He is known as one of the core members of the “five”, part of a close-knit group of experimental and conceptual artists who share his unwavering commitment and joy of working. This group includes Hassan Sharif, Abdullah Al-Saadi, Mohammed Kazem and Hussain Sharif.
The commissioned work is derived from the artist’s deep connection to the physical environment of his hometown of Khor Fakkan, a town on the edge of the rocky Al Hajar Mountains where they meet the waters on the emirate’s eastern coast. from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The title of the exhibition refers to his experience of light there, where the mountains cast the city in afternoon shadow, obscuring the sunset on the west coast of the United Arab Emirates. The color of the sculpture shifts from bright, playful colors and shapes to subdued black and white elements, and suggests undulating movement of bodies, mutation and metamorphosis.
The accompanying book to the exhibition is a retrospective of Ibrahim’s life and work to date, and situates the artist within a comprehensive art history framework. The first complete monograph on the artist, entitled Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between sunrise and sunset / Works 1986-2022, it is co-edited by Maya Allison and Cristiana de Marchi, artist, curator and poet. Along with extensive essays by scholars, curators and other artists, it reviews Ibrahim’s biomorphic abstract paintings, his experiments with Land Art and his immersive installations, and the evolution of his sculptures to date, as well as a full biographical timeline. It is published by Kaph Books.
This is the fifth collaboration between Ibrahim and Allison, and the accompanying book is the third publication Allison has worked on that studies Ibrahim’s work. Additionally, this is the second collaboration between National Pavilion UAE and New York University Abu Dhabi. This reflects the continued commitment of both institutions to supporting artists, curators and scholars, and to supporting in-depth studies of UAE art history in order to broaden knowledge of art through the world.
Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between sunrise and sunset is open to the public at the 2022 Venice Biennale until Sunday, November 27, 2022. A virtual tour of the exhibition is also available on the UAE National Pavilion website. The book is available for purchase in the Biennale de l’Arsenale and Giardini bookstores and online at Kaph Books.
The National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates is commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Youth, with a permanent pavilion at the Venice Biennale Arsenal – Sale d’Armi.
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