DUBAI: In 1956, the Whitechapel Gallery in London organised an exhibition titled, That is Tomorrow, the place it invited 38 outstanding London-based artists and designers to work collectively in small teams to ‘set a programme for the longer term’. The exhibition is taken into account a seminal second of post-war British artwork. Earlier this 12 months, the gallery’s chief curator, Lydia Yee, reimagined that exhibition for the twenty-first century by bringing collectively main artists and designers from all over the world to reply to modern points and supply their visions of the longer term in a present titled, Is This Tomorrow? In collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, Alserkal Arts Basis has now introduced part of this landmark exhibition to Dubai. Introduced at Concrete, an area that was brief listed for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Structure, the present options 5 interdisciplinary installations, environments and pavilions created by 5 pairs of artists and designers.
1. British Bangladeshi artist Rana Begum and Dhaka-based architect Marina Tabassum, winner of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Structure are providing a hopeful imaginative and prescient of the longer term with their set up, Phoenix Will Rise. Their site-specific iteration for the Dubai present is an intimidating construction with gray partitions positioned in The Yard exterior Concrete that blends in with the encircling structure. However step in and also you discover a cosy seating space bathed in pure gentle that’s designed to be an area of repose, reflection and contemplation. Including a splash of color is a round art work by Begum, positioned round a central oculus on the roof that catches the altering gentle and frames the sky, inviting guests to lookup in the direction of the longer term.
2. London primarily based 6a architects and Argentinian artist Amalia Pica’s set up, Enclosure, explores our relationship with animals by means of a maze-like construction that guests can enter, made out of a sheep administration system and full of sculptures derived from objects reminiscent of scratching posts for cats and rubber chew animal toys.
three. Cao Fei and mono workplace from Beijing, China, have examined our relationship with know-how with a machine-like set up, ‘I wish to be the longer term’ that displays our makes use of, obsessions and diversifications of know-how.
four. UK primarily based artist Hardeep Pandhal and APPARATA’s set up, Thugz Mansion, embodies the stress between stability and instability, permanence and improvisation to discover what occurs to structure when political programs collapse or develop into outdated.
5. The fifth set up, Thoughts Backyard, Coronary heart Backyard, combines Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball’s sculptural work regarding the Mesoamerican calendar, Tonalpohualli with Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao’s exploration of the human have to be remoted but related to the group.
Is This Tomorrow? at Concrete, Alserkal Avenue. Till November 23.
Alserkal Avenue’s November programme, specializing in artwork, design and structure additionally consists of:
A public artwork fee by artists’ collective METASITU titled, ‘We had been constructing sand castles — however the wind blew them away’_FINALFINAL3.psd.
A fee, titled Absolem created by Jeddah-based Bricklab studio.
Majlis Talks that includes talks by artists, designers and designers.
Galleries Night time on November 18 that includes new exhibitions on the galleries and areas open till 10pm.
Jyoti Kalsi is a Dubai-based arts fanatic.
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