Talk with God
Exhibition MinD/Body : Body Art and Performance in the Gulf Area

Open to the Public


Location NYUAD Downtown Campus, Abu Dhabi

MinD/Body: Body Art and Performance in the Gulf Area explores how the body has been represented by Gulf artists over the last 25 years. This group exhibition features three generations of Gulf artists dealing with issues of self-representation, freedom of expression and censorship, beginning with the UAE's Hassan Sharif, an experimental artist active since the early '80s and considered the initiator of conceptual art in the Gulf region. The curator, Cristiana de Marchi, is an artist, writer, and independent curator based in Dubai and Beirut.
Originally produced at DUCTAC under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.

See September 19 for exhibition opening events.

Public viewing hours weekly: Sundays 11am-2pm, Mondays 2pm-8pm. Or to make an alternate appointment for a viewing, please contact

Artists in the exhibition:
Abdulla Al Saadi
Anas Al-Shaikh
Cristiana de Marchi
Ebtisam AbdulAziz
Hassan Sharif
Manal Al Dowayan
Mohammad Al Mazrouei
Mohammed Kazem
Noor Al-Bastaki
Nujoom AlGhanem
Rabi Georges
Saeide Karimi
Shaikha Al Mazrou
Siavash Yansouri
Tarek Al-Ghoussein
Waheeda Malullah

Image: Waheeda Malullah, Talk with God, 2006 (documentary photo from performance in Bahrain)