SYNTHESIS: 2023 MFA Graduate Show
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Collaborating with New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), the 421 gallery is staging SYNTHESIS: 2023 MFA Graduate Show, which will en on 27 August 2023. It showcases 43 artworks of graduate students completing the two-year MFA in Art and Media at NYUAD. These are Elizabeth Dorazio, Liane Al Ghusain, Majd Alloush, Mahra AlFalahi, and Fabiola Chiminazzo.

Multimedia artist Elizabeth Dorazio (b. 1957, Araguari, Brazil) presents her immersive installation The Cosmic Forest (2022-2023). It includes a large-scale drawing composed of images depicting foliage; sculptures from Dorazio’s Animalia series are also on view. Highlighting the world of nature, the Cosmic Forest is dedicated to transforming matter which is unpredictable and constantly moving.

Elizabeth Dorazio, The Cosmic Forest, 2022. Drawing on paper collage. 530 x 600 cm.

Palestinian-Kuwaiti artist Liane Al Ghusain (b. 1987, Kuwait City, Kuwait) showcases her project In I Would Tread Lightly (2022-2023). It is a collection of artworks (embroidery, sculptures, videos, and performances) related to the experience of being a Palestinian in the diaspora. Through these works, she aims to reflect the feeling of unbelonging and process emotional trauma, both individually and collectively.

Liane Al Ghusain, Unchilding, 2023. Glass marbles suspended in clear epoxy resin. 8 x 3 cm. each.

In his mixed media project titled Mapscapes (2022-2023), multidisciplinary Emirati artist Majd Alloush (b. 1996, Dubai) documents and examines a landscape through exploring cartography. In Mapscapes, he aims to encompass the landscape and its representation in a “map”. Employing printmaking, moving image, and digital fabrication, the artist strives to transform pixels into tangible objects which can be perceived and experienced.

Majd Alloush, Remote Landscapes, 2023. Still from film. 16 mm, 10 min.

Emirati artist Mahra Al Falahi (b. 1997, Abu Dhabi) presents her Folded Stories (2022-2023), a series of textile books and sculptures delving into common fairy tales across multiple regions. In the project, Al Falahi explores the impact which children’s stories have on socialisation and memory. She sheds light on societal norms and expectations nurtured through such narratives.

Mahra AlFalahi, Burn the Witch, 2023. Machine embroidery on cotton fabric. 74 x 51 cm.

At the exhibition, visual artist Fabiola Chiminazzo (b. 197, Curitiba, Brazil) is represented by her Encounter Museum (2022-2023). This project is inspired by art historian Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas dedicated to the history of visual expression in the Mediterranean area. In her work, Chiminazzo examines society’s imagery using archival images from photos, books, prints and museum catalogues as a tool to propose thinking with and through images.

Fabiola Chiminazzo, Tupi or not Tupi, that is the question, 2023. Oil and wax over linen. 230 x 350 cm.

To learn more about SYNTHESIS: 2023 MFA Graduate Show, please visit its official web page.

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