10 Years Later celebrates a decade of Tashkeel. How do you think the organisation has enhanced opportunities for artists living in Dubai in that time?
Tashkeel has not only provided the tools during these past years, but also the ideas. They have created a community based on creativity and have spread their love for the arts through workshops, talks, events and exhibitions. All artists, emerging and established, local and international, have found in Tashkeel a window to work and show their work and be recognised in the region, always with affection and respect.
The exhibition includes 16 regional artists. Are there any specific characteristics or themes that run through your work?
During my residency at Tashkeel, I tried to avoid the traditional formats by exploring different materials such as reclaimed wood, traffic signs, resin or cardboard. I´ve continued this direction of experimenting and testing different materials after many trials and errors. Connectivity, coexistence and the unknown functions of our inner world are still my main preoccupations.
How would you say Art Week events contribute to the arts community in Dubai?
They are making a change in what people outside of the UAE think about Dubai. They´re good to show the local creative community and it's also a good opportunity to invite international artists to be a part of it. It's important to let the world know that Dubai is not only about flashy buildings and golden Lamborghinis, and these kind of events are the best way to do it.