Hale Tenger’s first major commission in the UAE is a free-standing structure made from the same material of Alserkal Avenue’s existing buildings, that visitors are invited to enter. Under, 2018 originates from the artist’s memory of a fictional narrative that describes an ancient hunting ploy used by aristocrats. Nets were set in the woods much earlier than the hunting date, stretching low throughout the forest so that the birds became accustomed to living under the net, adapting by only flying low. Once the nets were removed the birds would no longer fly high, as if they had forgotten, thus becoming easy prey for the noble hunting parties. Currently, tens of millions of game birds are being bred at farms set in nature with nets, creating the same effects on these birds today, for bird hunting markets.
The physical and psychological experience of Hale Tenger’s installation touches on many aspects of human behaviour and systems of control, social as well as civic. This work expresses a feeling that is shared from Tenger’s home in Istanbul, to its site in Dubai, as well as across global contemporary societies. In order to re-align and/or change, the act of recognition, even the smallest shift in perspective, needs to take place. Hale Tenger’s installation asks, “How have we adapted to the conditions of our time?” and “If birds can forget to fly high in the sky, what have we humans forgotten?”
Location: The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
Open: 19 – 31 March 2018
Curator: Mari Spirito
Artist: Hale Tenger
Commissioned by Alserkal Programming
Reclamation Ground by Serendipity Arts Festival
In December 2017, Serendipity Arts Festival proudly presented The Ground Beneath My Feet, an exhibition of contemporary performance art in Goa. The exhibition invited nine artists from around the world to present site-specific works on a 229 feet barge docked on the Mandovi river. The Ground Beneath My Feet was a project dedicated to performance art curated by the HH Art Spaces and developed in collaboration with Serendipity Arts Foundation, HH Art Spaces, and Asia Art Archive in India.
Reclamation Ground is an extension of The Ground Beneath My Feet that brings together new iterations of four works of art that went into the making of the exhibition in Goa. This exhibition is a reconstruction of fragments from the barge invoking the precarious fragments of land surrounded by rising oceans and migrating populations.
Location: Pop-up in warehouse 59, Alserkal Avenue
Image caption: Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty, performance from The Ground Beneath My Feet at Serendipity Arts Festival, 2017
Athr Gallery presents 1101: A Social Experiment by Abdulrahman Gazzaz
1101 is a participatory social experiment based around contemporary value systems in the art world.
19-24 March 2018
Location: Pop-up in Warehouse 61, Alserkal Avenue
Exhibition of Iranian and African Contemporary artworks from Bakhtiar Collection curated by Fereydoun Ave.
19-24 March 2018
Location: Pop-up in Warehouse 46, Alserkal Avenue
Authentic Marks | Shaghaf Group
2nd international miniature printmaking exhibition, 2018.
Authentic Marks is an international exhibition of fine art printmaking that will be open for all local, national and international artists. Both professional and early career artists are encouraged to submit their original, hand-pulled artworks for this open themed art exhibition. The goal of this exhibition is to showcase each artist’s originality through their work. With the freedom to choose the style, theme, technique and concept, artists all over the globe will continue to leave their ‘print’ in the creative world.
19-24 March 2018