Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
Collaborating with a variety of institutions, infrastructures, and communities, Vikram Divecha has realised a series of major ambitiously scaled and publically sited projects across the United Arab Emirates over the last few years. Engaging with what he terms "found processes," Divecha identifies hidden seams within pre-existing systems of urban life, creating interventions and installations that, if only temporarily, disrupt the status quo, bringing their otherwise invisible structures and operations into plain view. This exhibition presents a number of new series related to, emerging from, and reflecting on some of these past projects. Ranging from a group of paintings created in collaboration with a road marking crew in Dubai to a set of preparatory diagrams remapping the daily itineraries of the sweepers who maintain the streets surrounding the Sharjah Art Museum, these works inhabit a more intimate and private register. While the exhibition's tongue–in–cheek title, Minor Work, acknowledges this, it also, taking a cue from the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, drawing attention to the frequently overlooked but absolutely vital labour of Divecha's various collaborators.
After establishing B21 Gallery in 2006, one of the first contemporary art spaces in the UAE, Isabelle van den Eynde launched her eponymous space in Dubai's Alserkal Avenue in 2010, representing a pluralistic roster of artists from the Middle East and North Africa. Through exhibitions, book publishing and international fair participation, the gallery prides itself on closely collaborating with its artists to create insightful and often provocative presentations that challenge the conventions and ideologies related to the notion of art display and exhibition making.
9 March – 11 May 2017
Location: Unit 17, Alserkal Avenue
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Vikram Dichecha, Sweeping, 2016
16 March 2017
Book Launch: Vikram Divecha’s Warehouse Project, Yard Majlis