Press Release

The New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Institute will host two solo art exhibitions at the University’s Downtown Campus from February 24 to May 2. The exhibitions will feature two UAE-based artists, Mohammed Kazem and Jessica Mein, both of whom experiment with depicting location in the UAE.

Leading Dubai-based Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem will present Directions, a new installation designed especially for the NYUAD campus. It belongs to his Directions series of performances and interventions that conceptually uproot sites from their GPS locations. Also on view will be a selection of his "scratch paintings," likewise activated by the quality of light. Kazem will represent the UAE at the 2013 Venice Biennale in a solo exhibition curated by Reem Fadda of the Guggenheim, marking the first time that the UAE will be represented at the event by a single artist.

Along with Kazem, Dubai-based Brazilian artist Jessica Mein will present Sliced Sky, her intricate, labor-intensive drawings of the huge power lines spanning the outskirts of Dubai. Her drawings, collages, and stop-motion animation endow the power lines with an abstract life of their own. Mein has exhibited extensively, with major solo shows in New York, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, and the UAE. This is her second solo show in the UAE and her first in Abu Dhabi.

"We are honored to present the projects of Mohammed Kazem and Jessica Mein at NYU Abu Dhabi. I’m struck by the link between their unique approaches to representing ‘place.’ These exhibitions are part of a series through which NYU Abu Dhabi hopes to contribute to the emerging art scene here in Abu Dhabi," said Maya Allison, exhibition director at NYUAD.

An artist’s talk and reception will be held at NYUAD’s Downtown Campus for the public on April 6. The exhibitions will be open to the public on Sundays, from 3-9pm, or by appointment. For details, contact

About the NYUAD Institute
The NYUAD Institute hosts academic conferences, workshops, lectures, film series, performances, and other public programs directed both to local audiences and to the worldwide academic and research communities. It is a center of the scholarly community for Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and the Gulf, bringing together faculty and students from institutions of higher learning throughout the region.