Galleria Continua presents works by Loris Cecchini, Nikhil Chopra, Shilpa Gupta, JR, Anish Kapoor, Moataz Nasr, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Kiki Smith and Pascale Marthine Tayou. Moataz Nasr is considered one of the greatest representatives of panArab contemporary art. Showing complex cultural processes currently underway in the Islamic world, his work surpasses idiosyncrasies and geographical limits and voices the worries and torments of the African continent. The feeling of belonging to a specific geopolitical and cultural context and the need to maintain a link with his homeland are key elements of the artist’s life and work. Moataz Nasr believes that art and life are inseparable.
Azade Köker’s earlier works are mainly concerned with identity and belonging. The artist proposes hybridity as an inevitable survival mechanism, which is achieved through a subjectivity based on discrepancy, transparency and vulnerability. In her later works, nature is negotiated as a cultural construct. She creates images of nature inhabited by traces of human intervention, which she then deconstructs by a repeating pattern on the surface. Through this layering and reworking of the surface, she disrupts the perfection and legibility of the represented image and comments on the possibilities of paintings.
Paola Pivi’s artistic practice is diverse and enigmatic. Commingling the familiar with the alien, Pivi often works with commonly identifiable objects which are modified to introduce a new scale, material or color, challenging the audience to change their point of view. Animals are often cast as protagonists in Pivi’s world. She draws upon their perceived characteristics and instills them with human mannerisms. In Pivi’s art, Polar bears practice yoga, hang from trapezes, and engage with one another. Sprouting multicolored feathers, the artworks are both life-sized and miniaturized as baby bears.
Created from industrial materials such as concrete, metal, rubber, tar, textile, and glass, Marwan Rechmaoui’s work reflects his methodical study of cartography, demographics and urbanisation. Focusing on sociogeographics, architecture and cultural histories of cities and mirroring the sociopolitical structure and complex multi-cultural history of the Arab world; he has produced a variety of works, some of which incorporate maps of city streets, objects with references to urban domestic life and landmarks and histories of Beirut.
Sultan bin Fahad lives and works in KSA and considers art as a journey between intangible memories and tangible cultures. Throughout his abstract drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations bin Fahad’s central theme and object of concern remains material culture in his native Saudi Arabia. In his practice bin Fahad reinterprets history, stories and narratives with the use of material culture; he transposes these narratives to contemporary means as a reassessment and personal take on Saudi Arabia. Themes central to his practice revolve around reimagining found objects, Islam and Saudi history and identity.
Saleh Barakat Gallery
Albraehe is a characteristically Romantic painter. His work reflects dreamy quality in the radiance of its surface. His painting practice has primarily revolved around representations of workers in their everyday lives. whether in rare moments of leisure, or hard at work.
Experiencing sculpture in Egypt made Ahmed Karaly discover that Oriental art has a huge potential, which needs to be developed and given a modern shape, so as to be understood by the public and carried on.
Leila Heller Gallery
Wim Delvoye is a Neo-Conceptual and installation artist best known for his controversial work centered on the body and bodily functions.
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