Review of exhibition about contemporary art
Venue: The DXB Moving Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
It was a case of serendipity when visiting The DXB Moving Museum to see an exhibition called Tectonic at DIFC in Dubai. On display were installations by 24 contemporary artists from around the globe that included sculpture, multimedia, textiles, painting and sketches among others.
At 15,000 square foot the art space could easily feel overwhelming – not so for the galleries’ co-founders Aya Mousawi and Simon Sakhai whom utilized the space to good effect by creating a clear, uncluttered visual delight.
Iranian-born artist Soheila Sokhanvari opened the exhibition with her witty and playful improvisations of passport stamps, a taxidermy sculpture and a series of drawings created using Iranian crude oil to highlight the ‘political duality and posturing of governments’.
Evan Penny’s Self Portrait Variation #1 was unnervingly realistic in its detail of the human form. The artist utilizes photography and digital 3D modeling to create his sculptures which are made using mainly silicon.
A video performance choreographed by Rashaad Newsome featuring a group of people making audible gestures and sighs, then overdubbing the live performance with recorded out-takes, assumes a new identity when taken out of the context of a dialogue.
The amusing observational videos by Ivan Argote offered an intriguing insight into the differing reactions of people to unexpected events when performed in a public space.
The work of Kasper Sonne could be interpreted as bearing reference to recent political struggles for social change when he suggested ‘if the very things that we take for granted are merely based on a cultural decision, it means that we can also decide for them to mean something else’.
Great art has the ability to transcend human experience and inspire rich dialogue. It can challenge the way we think and alter our perception of the world around us. Great art can change the way we feel. It’s not just important – it’s essential.