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Louvre Abu Dhabi‘s new annual contemporary art exhibition, Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2021, showcases artworks by the seven shortlisted artists for the first Richard Mille Art Prize.

In its first edition, the shortlisted artists for The Richard Mille Art Prize – Cristiana de Marchi, Latifa Saeed, Mays Albaik, Mohammed Kazem, Nasser Alzayani, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, and Taus Makhacheva – were selected by the prize’s jury following an open call for proposals from UAE – based artists. Participants were asked to respond to this year’s theme of ‘Memory, Time and Territory’, addressing questions of memory and belonging, and exploring the geography of identity through the artists’ personal relationships with territories.

Exhibition space. Photo by Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
Exhibition space. Photo by Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Each of the seven artists responded to the theme with their own unique interpretation, bringing each of their visions to life through different mediums. Cristiana de Marchi presents hand-embroidered canvas with her art work Mapping Gaps: Beirut, whilst Latifa Saeed uses glass for her artwork The Pathway. Mays Albaik’s Awaiting Weightlessness is an installation of aluminium video sculptures, and Mohammed Kazem displays his photographic series Photographs with Flags. Nasser Alzayani usess and artefacts, collected recordings and works on paper in his installation Watering the distant, deserting the near, Tarek Al-Ghoussein presents prints from his ongoing Odysseus series, and Taus Makhacheva has employed a mix of video and body-oriented objects for her work Mining Serendipity.

Cristiana de Marchi - Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi
Cristiana de Marchi – Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi
Latifa Saeed - Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things
Latifa Saeed – Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things
Mays Albailk - Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things
Mays Albailk – Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things
Mohammed Kazim - Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things
Mohammed Kazim – Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things
Nasser Al Zayani - Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things
Nasser Al Zayani – Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things
Tarek Al-Ghoussein - Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things
Tarek Al-Ghoussein – Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things
Taus Makhacheva - Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things
Taus Makhacheva – Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Photo Seeing Things

The shortlisted artists were selected by a distinguished four member jury.

The winner of The Richard Mille Art Prize will be selected by the prize’s jury from the seven shortlisted artists, to be announced at a ceremony in January 2022. The winner will be awarded USD $50,000.

The exhibition will be on view at Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Forum until 27 March 2022.


Info is extracted from the press release.

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