Abu Dhabi Becoming the Hub of Global Art
The UAE’s Capital is rapidly developing into the central hub for art and culture in the region. With the revival of the art scene and the construction of spectacular museums, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim and Zayed National Museum, the city is certainly becoming the centre of the modern art renaissance.
In early November 2016, it saw the opening of Abu Dhabi Art in Manarat Al Saadiyat. The fair revealed a distinctive platform that celebrates the vitality of the region and the changing contemporary art scene, while embodying culture, creative ambitions and talents of local and international artists.
Here’s what Emirati artists who are taking part in this year’s Abu Dhabi Art about the city’s dynamic art scene had to say:
Amalie Farag Beljafla said the Capital’s collaboration with local and international artists certainly nurtures a rich multicultural environment.
The 25-year-old artist, who completed her studies at the Central Saint Martins College in art and design in London, said it is important for her to create work that represents unity and religious tolerance.
“I’m exhibiting a piece called Religions United, which shows how art has evolved around the world, and how the UAE accepts and tolerates all cultures and religions.”
The young artist, who is donating a percentage of all her proceeds from sales to the newly launched Ameera Fund, which supports cancer patients around the world, noted that artists today are breaking boundaries and revealing their true talents.
“My artwork includes symbols of various cultures and religions, including Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism. The fact that my piece is hanging in Abu Dhabi Art is a statement on how the UAE welcomes and tolerates all cultures.”
“It is amazing seeing artists come together. Abu Dhabi is certainly growing into one of the main districts for art and culture,” she added.
Saif Ali Al Sadah also highlighted the new energy here. “The museums that will open in the Capital are really changing the position of Abu Dhabi and elevating peoples’ involvement and talent.”
The 39-year-old said taking part in this year’s exhibition allowed him to express his passion, which honours the UAE’s heritage and culture.
“The theme that I focus on is UAE’s culture. I reveal our traditions but in a contemporary manner, so foreigners can see our way of life – through a different perspective.”
Michelle Farrell, Abu Dhabi Art organiser, said it is crucial to develop an art scene that can reach out to a wider community.
“Abu Dhabi Art celebrates the vitality of the city. The inclusion of local and international artist, as well as cultural programmes, performing arts and design, contribute to Abu Dhabi as a multicultural hub.”