Located in Dubai, the Ishara Art Foundation supports emerging and established practices that advance critical dialogue and explore global interconnections. Guided by a research-led approach, Ishara realises its mission through exhibitions, onsite and online programmes, education initiatives and collaborations in the UAE and internationally.
Exhibition Growing Like A Tree marks Sohrab Hura’s inaugural curatorial project as a photographer and filmmaker along with the presentation of several artists and collectives.
14 artists and collectives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Germany, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Singapore create a space where multiple voices and experiences are brought into dialogue with one another. The artists represented in this exhibition tackle themes of changing cities, collective memory, the environment, public spaces and the archive through works that sit at the intersection of documentary and fiction, image and object.
Growing Like A Tree will be accompanied by physical and virtual tours, educational and public online programmes, and artist conversations over the duration of the show.
“My work attempts to explore my sense of self in relation to society by saying things I’m not supposed to say, by making visible what is meant to stay out of sight. I use the color red to question what it means to be a woman in my society. The color red is significant in a Nepali woman’s life…” – Bunu Dhungana, exhibitor
“Origin hovers between corporeal and metaphysical. It is composed of light projection and sound often within an altered space. The use of light as protagonist, combined with deliberate monochromatic arrangements, and the distorted soundscape is rooted in classical arrangement; yet it seems wholly instinctual and formless. The slow, steady transition of red light moving across night skies hypnotises as the orchestration lulls us slowly…” – Sarker Protick, exhibitor
“When mirrors face each other, the objects reflected in them become smaller and less distinct until the mirrors merely reflect themselves. Aural Mirror immerses the listener in the echoes of their own sounds. As the listener enters, the installation space picks up the sounds of their movement and voice and plays it back into the space until they are abstracted into a drone that keeps looping back on itself. The tones layer over each other in increasingly dense structures and envelop the listener in sound, triggering a sense of depersonalization-derealization. By immersing the listeners within sound, it leaves the listeners unable to leave the auditory space and thus enables them to experience its most essential dimension that is time. Aural Mirror intends to steal your sense of time by slowing it down and achieving a state where sound floats and stands still at the same time.” – Farah Mulla, exhibitor
The Growing Like A Tree exhibition will be on view at Ishara Art Foundation
Alserkal Avenue from 20 January 2021 to 20 May 2021
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