Yalda Bidshahri

  • View of “Let me tell you something,” 2022.
    picks November 01, 2022

    Mohamed Khalid

    “Let me tell you something,” Mohamed Khalid’s first institutional solo show, features seven new commissions of photography, installation, cyanotypes, and works on paper. Drawing on his lived experiences and material environment, the Dubai-based artist creates works concerned with the search for intimacy and connection in our hyperisolated times.

    This search can take humorous forms. Thank you (all works cited, 2022) offers a diptych of blue noticeboards pinned with drawings reproducing a handwritten parking warning left on Khalid’s car by his building’s security guard, as well as the artist’s

  • Aliyah Alawadhi, Belly Dancer and Emirati Men (still), 2021, video, 1:05 min.
    picks October 03, 2022

    “Ybna Al3eid”

    Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood on the border of Dubai and Sharjah is Bayt AlMamzar. Once a family villa, it is now one of the very few independent multipurpose art spaces in the Emirates. For the exhibition “Ybna Al3eid,” the UAE-based SWALIF Collective filled the space with video and sound works, illustrations, paintings, photography, and installations by fourteen young artists from the Gulf. The show’s title uses the informal style for transliterating Arabic to English when text messaging. Translating literally to “we brought the Eid,” the Gulf Arabic phrase applies to situations