Khalid Mezaina Maiden
Exhibition East-East: UAE Meets Japan

Open to the Public


Location The Project Space, NYUAD Arts Center

East-East: UAE meets Japan explores the ways young voices of the Emirati art scene choose to regard cross-cultural contact with the arts of Japan. The exhibition aims to draw parallels between Japanese and Emirati culture, as both traditional societies move rapidly forward into our postmodern age and strive to keep a balance between heritage and futurism. East-East also intends to challenge and expand the idea of what “global art” means to artists, curators, and viewers alike, in our increasingly globalized world. With an opening reception on October 18th 2016, East-East will premiere specially commissioned works by four Emirati artists including the names of Khalid Mezaina and Al Anood Al Obaidly, both recent recipient of the prestigious The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship.

Bridging the UAE to Japan seems like a bold move but as curator Sophie Mayuko Arni explains: “I wanted to break the overused and overheard ‘East-West’ terminology by turning it on its head. Why always look to the West, when we can look Eastwards? I hope for East-East to be a great experiment for a new model of global contemporary art making and exhibition practices.”

Additional Programming

For exhibition hours, please visit The Project Space’s official site for details. For press inquiries, please contact Sophie Arni ( To keep up with the latest updates of the show, look for #easteastuaemeetsjapan on Instagram and visit Global Art Daily’s Youtube channel for artist interviews.

Image credit: Khalid Mezaina, Maiden, 2016, ink on paper, 30 x 30cm.

Ahmed al Anzi (b. 1984, Abu Dhabi), Artist

Al Anood al Obaidly (b. 1990, Abu Dhabi), Artist

Amna al Maamari (b. 1990, Abu Dhabi), Artist

Khalid Mezaina (b. 1985, Dubai), Artist

Curated by

Sophie Mayuko Arni Class of 2017, NYUAD