Exhibition Mohammed Kazem: Directions

Open to the Public


Location NYUAD Downtown Campus, Abu Dhabi

Open to the public Sundays, 3-9pm, or by appointment.

Directions is a new site-specific installation by Mohammed Kazem. It belongs to his ongoing series of works in which he uproots static GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates via the temporal movement of nature: sunlight, water, and wind. Also on view is a selection of his "scratch paintings," likewise activated by the quality of light.

Coming of age as an Emirati artist in the Dubai of the last few decades, Kazem occupies a unique position as both subject and observer of the intense changes and often-contradictory developments in his physical, political, and social environment. One might understand his growing body of work as conceptual portraits of place, of landscape, of the fast-moving region, and its quandaries.

Mohammed Kazem is a Dubai-based artist and curator. He will represent the UAE at the 2013 Venice Biennale UAE Pavilion, in the UAE’s first solo exhibition there. His work has won awards and exhibited internationally at such biennials as Havana (2000), Dhaka, Bangladesh (2002), Singapore (2006), and Sharjah (1993-2005). Most recently he was featured in a major survey, Arab Express, at the Mori Art Museum in Japan. His work has entered the collections of the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha and the Sharjah Art Museum, as well as numerous private collections, including those of JP Morgan Chase and Deutche Bank.

To make an appointment for a viewing, please contact nyuad.exhibitions@nyu.edu.

Past Exhibitions

But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008
March 2 – September 2, 2017

Tarek Al-Ghoussein: Recent Work
May 24 – August 4, 2017

Vis à Vis, Senior Capstone Group Exhibition 2017
The Project Space
May 1-23, 2017

Manal Al Dowayan: And I, Will I Forget
September 19 – December 16, 2016 (New York)

Invisible Threads: Technology and its Discontents
September 22, 2016 – January 7, 2017

East-East: UAE Meets Japan
The Project Space
October 18–31, 2016