Past and Present, Here and There
This collection is based on the interplay between Dubai’s historically significant local culture and its prominent global role. With a focus on intricate handwork and pattern, ArtLink Projects created a compelling discourse by intertwining contemporary abstract works with works by local craftsmen. The diversity of mediums, including oil, ink, photography, reliefs and sculpture alongside the locally-produced works, reflect Dubai and its important role within its immediate region and the world at large.
Glory to God who Created Heaven and Earth
And with His Might founded and governed the stars
Seven skies lifted
And earth he made round with high mountains
And prayers constantly being read to the mountains
And made the mountains high and stable
Lifted by the forehead of a mighty bull Al-Mannayee
Many of the traditional crafts from the region focus on skilled handwork and intricate patterning, such as khoos (palm leaf weaving) and talli (embroidery). As such, the collection is composed of works by artists whose focus on their craft and technique are reflected in the artwork.