Four artists, who live and work in the UAE, will take part in the new virtual programme
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi has launched a virtual programme to highlight emerging artists in the capital.
Titled In the Studio, the month-long initiative features four young up-and-coming artists living in Abu Dhabi: Rand Abdul Jabbar, who was born in Baghdad and raised in the capital, Nasser Al Zayani, a Bahraini-American artist who also lives and works in Abu Dhabi, and Emirati artists Maitha Abdalla and Hashel Al Lamki.
In the interviews, the artists provide an introduction to their work and the ideas that inspire them, from Abdalla’s investigation of Khaleeji folklore to Abdul Jabbar’s interest in archaeology and myth. Al Lamki will discuss his recent projects, while Al Zayani will offer insight into his glass-blowing technique.
The project aims to introduce the public to local Abu Dhabi artists through a series of studio visits and interviews, which will be shared on the Abu Dhabi Culture YouTube page in the next four weeks.
The programme will launch on Tuesday, July 21 with Abdalla talking from Bait 15, an artist-run studio and exhibition space in Abu Dhabi that she founded with Al Lamki and fellow Abu Dhabi artist Afra Al Dhaheri.
Abdul Jabbar’s interview will debut on Tuesday, July 28, followed by Al Lamki’s on Tuesday, August 4 and Al Zayani’s on Tuesday, August 11.
At the end of the programme, on Tuesday, August 18, the artists will take part in an online roundtable discussion with Guggenheim Abu Dhabi curators Sara Bin Safwan and Sasha Kalter-Wasserman.
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