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Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC)

  • Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) Second Level, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha Dubai UAE (map)

Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC)

IS Old Gold?


Aiming to identify the spirit of experimentation that was present in the genesis of UAE avant-garde contemporary art practice, Is Old Gold? indirectly questions if, how and why this narrative has been aborted, lost or evolved and if it can or should be recovered in the current context. Two artists from a younger generation of Emirati artists were assigned to work separately on a character from the 5 UAE. The experimental structure of the exhibition reflects on the atelier atmosphere of innovative exchange initiated by Hassan Sharif and transmuted and sustained by four of his students: Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Mohammed Kazem, Abdullah Al Saadi and Hussain Sharif.  Is Old Gold? straddles a gap between generations, perhaps due to the UAE’s rapidly shifting contexts, presenting creative acts of remembrance alongside games of fantasy and pieces that are the product of defiance or disengagement.



Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) aims to contribute to the creative and cultural development of Dubai by presenting a huge variety of events and participatory activities spanning almost every creative genre for Dubai’s many multi-national communities and visitors alike. The Theatre & Arts Centre is the first modern, non-profit, cross-community creative centre in the Gulf. This flagship project was the brainchild of local theatre-lovers, arts enthusiasts, artists and business people who recognised the need for an entertainment and educational centre for the community and future generations of Dubai.


Artists: Fatima Albudoor, Moza Almatrooshi, Alaa Edris, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Alia Lootah, Hind Mezaina, Mohammed Kazem, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Taqwa Al Naqbi, Jumairy, Hassan Sharif, Hussain Sharif

Curated by Cristiana de Marchi and Muhanad Ali


Event Information:

21 February - 7 April 2017

Location: Second Level, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha

Open: Saturdays – Thursdays, 09:00–22:00; Fridays, 14:00-22:00

+971 (0) 4 341 4777 |



Image captions:

Hassan Sharif. Cardboard, Cloth and Glue, 2000. Cardboard, cloth and glue, variable dimensions (approx. 80 x 140 x 120 cm). Courtesy Estate of Hassan Sharif and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde.

Earlier Event: November 29
Swiss Art Gate UAE
Later Event: February 27