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  • Concrete Warehouse 55, Alserkal Avenue Dubai UAE (map)

Ishara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages


10 UAE-based exhibiting artists: Amna Al Dabbagh, Cheb Moha, Chndy, Dina Khorchid, Farah Al Qasimi, Flounder Lee, Nasir Nasrallah, Saba Qizilbash, Salem Al Mansoori, and Shaikha Al Ketbi alongside loaned works by guest artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.

Curated by Karim Sultan, the concept of the exhibition is derived from a broad understanding of the meaning and use of language. In Arabic, Ishara, denotes ‘sign’—the most basic form of communication, and refers to the linguistic marks, gestures and indications, as well as commonly used signals that transcend language, like those used in traffic or urban spaces. The curatorial process for the exhibition has been thematically informed by the idea of ‘lingua franca’, which hints at constructed, second or third languages that were used to aid communication between various groups or in situations where communication was difficult. 

The exhibition is presented by Alserkal Programming and UAE Art Unlimited.



Concrete is a 600 sq m multi-disciplinary, multi-purpose event venue in Alserkal Avenue designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), founded by Rem Koolhaas. It is the first OMA-designed building to be completed in the UAE.


Event Information:

5 March – 1 April 2018

Location: Warehouse 55, Alserkal Avenue


Image captions:

Image (L-R): Guest artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian and Rokni Haerizadeh with Shobha Pia Shamdsani, executive director of UAE Unlimited and Karim Sultan, curator of Ishara. Photo courtesy Alserkal Avenue.

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Later Event: March 14
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