Amid the dynamic artistic movements the Middle East is witnessing this March, Ayyam Gallery gives the art crowd more than one event to indulge with & enjoy! From Photography to Paintings, from the World to the Middle East, from Beirut to Dubai… Allow us to take you on an artistic round trip with Ayyam Gallery!
- Prix Pictet’s (Growth) in Beirut!
An international exhibition & the world’s leading photography prize, Prix Pictet, will showcase their forthcoming exhibition & for the first time in Beirut titled (Growth) on March 8th at Ayyam Gallery!
“From the dizzying expansion of our cities with their ever increasing dependency on scarce natural resources to the relentless growth of population, Growth is both a blessing and a curse. Societal growth and expansion is perhaps the most significant challenge facing humanity in the early decades of the 21st century. We face a global crisis in land use and agriculture that threatens to undermine the very health, security, and sustainability of our civilization. These issues and many more are addressed with vitality and insight by the photographers nominated for (Growth).
The twelve outstanding artists shortlisted for the awardwere: Christian Als, Denmark; Edward Burtynsky, Canada; Stéphane Couturier, France; Mitch Epstein, USA (Winner); Chris Jordan, USA (Commission); Yeondoo Jung, South Korea; Vera Lutter, Germany; Nyaba Leon Ouedrago, Burkina Faso; Taryn Simon, USA; Thomas Struth, Germany; Guy Tillim, South Africa and Michael Wolf, Germany.
The exhibition of work by these artists has been touring since in March 2011, when the prize was presented to the American photographer, Mitch Epstein, for his series American Power. In making the award, Kofi Annan, Honorary President of the Prix Pictet, said: ‘These extraordinary photographs, and those of the other finalists, show us why a new economic model is needed – one that is global, inclusive, cooperative, environmentally aware and science-based’.”
About Prix Pictet:
Launched in 2008, Prix Pictet is the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability and has as its mission a search for outstanding photographic series that communicate messages of global environmental significance. Entry is by nomination only, through one of the Prix Pictet’s200-strongglobal network of nominators, comprising curators, critics, museum directors and other acknowledged experts in the field of visual arts.
The Prix Pictet has two elements: the Prize of CHF 100,000 awarded to the photographer who, in the opinion of the independent jury, has produced a series of work that speaks most powerfully to the theme of the award (Growth winner: Mitch Epstein); and the Prix Pictet Commission, awarded by the Partners of Pictet &Cie, in which a shortlisted photographer is invited to undertake a field trip to a region where the Bank is supporting a sustainability project.
SAVE THE DATE! Prix Pictet’s (Growth) will be showing from March 8 – 30, 2012 in Ayyam Gallery Beirut.
- ‘The Samawi Collection II’ in Dubai
- ‘The Throne’ First Solo Exhibition by Othman Moussa
On March 19, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai (DIFC) will present Othman Moussa’s first solo exhibition, “The Throne”. Upholding his superb draughtsmanship and influences of seventeenth-century Dutch realism, Moussa’s new works veer away from traditional still life painting of inanimate objects within Syrian life that quietly and poetically speak to the viewer, to a form of still life that shouts. Beautifully rendered, an oriental carpet covers a heavily draped armchair. It is the objects that occupy this throne, which present a satirical, subdued political commentary.
“Draping oriental carpets over the thrones places the realm of kingdoms under scrutiny within the Middle East. Though the majority of works are comprised of the same elaborately motifed carpet with only minor color differences, one work stands dramatically on its own. A basic, rural designed carpet ascended by a worn-out workman’s boot covers this throne. Entitled, The King, the viewer may interpret this boot-capped throne as the working classes having control over this country or the ruler resting his laurels on the hard working citizens of his land, enthroned atop his peasants suffocating their plight. Perhaps most poignant, and relevant with the present pressures and upheavals of the region, is the aptly titled work, The Empty Throne, depicting an abdicated throne.
The other articles occupying the position of power are a butternut squash, a propane tank, a babydoll, intestines, and a plucked chicken carcass. The imaginative commentary abounds of leaders whose priorities are driven by oil, countries led by incapable, infantile heads of state, and those who are exposed and lacking courage, with policies indigestible by their constituencies.
‘The Throne’ is an exceptional example of the degree of artistic realism still prevalent in contemporary art, as well as a biting satire of the present-day political ambitions and policies of world leaders.”
About Othman Moussa
So here you are, more than one artistic delight from Ayyam Gallery for art lovers across the region to enjoy! Save the dates & pick 2 or more events to see. Al Maha wishes them best of luck & triple success 🙂