Guggenheim Abu Dhabi has just launched a virtual series of talks — entitled ‘In the Studio’ — featuring the emirate’s up-and-coming artists, as a means to shed light on some of the brightest emerging talents in Abu Dhabi. The series features artists from different backgrounds, all based in the Emirate: Iraqi artist Rand Abdul Jabbar, Bahraini artist Nasser Al Zayani, and Emirati artists Maitha Abdalla and Hashel El Lamki.
Each of the virtual studio visits is a vignette of an artist’s life, background, and journey, intimately shot inside their workspace. The series kicked off on Tuesday with Maitha Abdalla’s presentation of her unique relationship to Khaleeji folklore, right from Bait-15, a studio and gallery the artist established along with Al Lamki and Abu Dhabi-based artist Afra Al Dhahiri.
Next is Abdul Jabbar’s episode on July 28th, where she will explore how her installations project Iraqi cultural heritage, archaeology, and myth. Al Lamki’s on August 4th will focus on his first solo show, which was produced across Cairo, New York, and Abu Dhabi, merging video, painting, and sculpture. Al Zayani will bring home the series on August 11th with a deep dive into the oft-overlooked art of glassblowing.
“We hope to continue to highlight the creativity and great work being done here in the emirate, and create a sense of togetherness in the local arts community through these digital interactions,” shared Maisa al-Qassimi, Senior Project Managet at Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The featured artists will also carry out a virtual discussion with Guggenheim Abu Dhabi curators Sara Bin Safwan and Sasha Kalter-Wasserman.
The episodes will be available here.