Nine young artists 'Raise the Stereotype' at the Ara Gallery

Ahram Online, Sunday 2 Oct 2011

Exhibition in Dubai aims to challenge stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims

Sara Elkamel

With the constant media bombardment into our daily lives, it is easy for one to develop certain stereotypes about different races, religions and cultures. Muslims and Arabs are among those who have been overshadowed by generalisations that are mostly inaccurate assumptions.

The Ara Gallery sent out an open call to artists to respond with their interest in Raising the Stereotype and its topic. Nine artists from around the region, whose dedication, creative ideas and artistic talent stood out, were chosen to come together to form an exhibition of great variety and depth.

These nine artists, presenting eight different concepts are: Imann Al-Dakheel, Laudi Abilama, Malak El-Shazly, Mona Al Gurg and Wendy Fok (working together to present an installation), Mona Al-Qahtani, Sara Elkamel, Sarah Ayoub Agha and Soraya Darwish.  The unique concepts presented by these artists cover their views and feelings on stereotypes; stereotypes that they themselves and others (some artists have decided to interact with other subjects for broader and more varied insights) have experienced as Muslims and Arabs in the world today. 

While some focus on personal experiences, others have taken on traditions that have marked their culture and been remarked on by other cultures. The expressive artistic styles of the exhibited artists are infused with the emotions behind the concept that were used to create the meaningful and provocative pieces on display, at times delving beyond simply the visual. 

Brought together, these ideas and works of art form an exhibition that provides perception into a topic that all viewers can relate to; whether to help dissipate ignorance or to provide an outlet where members of the Arab and Muslim communities can express their feelings on who they truly are.  

The opening night event for Raising the Stereotype will take place at The Ara Gallery on 4 October from 7pm-9pm and is open to the public.  The exhibition will close on 29 October.  


About The Ara Gallery:

The Ara Gallery is a ‘concept’ art gallery located in Downtown Dubai. The gallery is dedicated to exposing emerging artists from around the Arab world, while providing a place for art-related dialogue and inspiration to young and aspiring artists. Ms Moza Mohamed Al-Abbar founded The Ara Gallery in April 2011.  The gallery is open Saturday – Thursday 10am-10pm and Friday 3pm-10pm.

The Ara Gallery - Burj Plaza, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai.


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