The Graduates, 2011
Opens Thursday, 23 June - 7pm
Runs until 31 August, 2011
Traffic, Gallery I

Curated by Isak Berbic, an exhibition of new works by recent graduates from the Fine Arts program at the University of Sharjah. The exhibition presents four individuals, with distinct voices, in a group show of photography, painting, video and installation, examining issues of our contemporary society. The exhibition aims to premiere these emerging artists to the art community in Dubai.

'The Graduates, 2011' gives us an insight into the state of contemporary art developing amongst young artists in the UAE today. They will now embark on a career as fine arts practitioners shaping the future cultural landscape of our region.

Sarah Abu Abdallah was born and raised in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, she discovered art through her mother from a young age. Through photography and video she investigates different meanings the cover produces as it sheathes a subject. In reference to gender roles and women covering, Sarah covers various subjects to impose on them the experience of a female, exploring in the process issues of obscurity and value.

Hala Ali (1986) was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and raised in London, UK. Hala’s work engages in the exploration of text, language and contextual meaning. Through the use of various types of media in installations, the works investigate the politicization of objects with text as the vehicle to altering meaning. Hala currently lives and works in Dubai.

Sofia Byttebier (1986) was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sofia deals with the qualities of natural and artificial light; its role in the shaping of the way we see, alternating and adapting to the influences of space and different surfaces. Through experimenting with materials and allowing light to control, rather than be controlled, the works are subjected to a spontaneous and responsive result. Sofia currently lives and works in Mexico.

Nada Dada (1989) was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Nada uses self-portraiture as a device to examine the problematics of representation, tradition, gender, patriarchy and personal tragedy. Her practice revolves around a constellation of narratives activated through performance, re-enactment and embodiment.