Unsuspecting State

18sep(sep 18)09:0008nov(nov 8)09:00Unsuspecting State

Event Details

Ayyam Gallery is pleased to present The Unsuspecting State, a solo exhibition featuring Abdalla Al Omari’s recent body of work. This will be his second solo exhibition at Ayyam Gallery, but his first as a represented artist. Please join us for the vernissage on September 18th from 6 pm – 9 pm, in presence of the artist.

Stepping away from his characteristic sarcasm and semi-caricatural representation, Abdalla represents the mundane to express themes that are everything but that. He captures our quotidian and intimate gestures alluding to our deepest secrets and regrets. Deep beliefs and the most discrete thoughts come through when immortalizing moments of everyday life. The unspoken taboos emanating through the movements, sexuality, religion, and addiction, are all part of the conversation. All along, Abdalla plays with anonymity, keeping things universal: The trivial and banal shared by the ordinary person.

The artist leaves the viewer questioning, what the character is doing, and who it could be. Is it an auto-portrait or people in his life? The paradoxical ambiguity, incompleteness, and uncertainty invite the viewer to delve into the image. A sense of voyeurism, where the headless character is viewed without consent, not as a sexual fetish but as an unexplainable urge to observe.

Scale and composition play a significant role in the perception of the work. Tight and tangible spaces are created within a state of awkwardness, while cutting down the elements to the bare minimum. It becomes a visual depiction of fragmented story and a sense of detachment and isolation. The absence of the landscape and the limited space around the subject suggests a dense, yet minimalistic, compositional play between the subject and the background; an eternal fight between the individual and the surrounding environment.



September 18 (Monday) 09:00 - November 8 (Wednesday) 09:00


AYYAM GALLERY DUBAI, Units 11, Alserkal Avenue Exit 43 of SZR Street 8, Al Quoz 1 Dubai, United Arab Emirates



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