Tarek Al-Ghoussein’s work explores the boundaries between landscape photography, self-portraiture, and performance art. Choosing locations much in the same way a film director does, he moves between abstraction and the specific circumstances found in particular places. Relying on subtle interventions and non-invasive interactions, the images consider various aspects of “identity.” This exhibition features photographs from two of Al-Ghoussein’s current projects.
One documents the vestiges of lives lived in the Al Sawaber, a government housing complex in Kuwait slated for demolition. The vignettes provide intimate views into once private worlds. The portrayals of the interiors and objects tell stories without longing for what once was or lamenting what could have been. The second body of work, Windows on Work, examines the “window” of the buses that transport the labor workers as a place of representation/performance.
Tarek Al-GhousseinArts Professor of Visual Arts, Arts and Humanities, NYUAD
About the Artist
Tarek Al-Ghoussein is an artist and Professor of Visual Art at NYU Abu Dhabi. He has exhibited extensively in Europe, the United States and the Middle East and has participated the 53rd and 55th Venice Biennales, the Singapore Biennale, and the 6th and 7th Sharjah Biennales. Al-Ghoussein's works are part of permanent collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Royal Museum of Photography (Copenhagen), Freer and Sackler Gallery at Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC), and the Sharjah Biennial Collection (Sharjah), among others.
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
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