Yalda Bidshahri

  • Thuraya Al-Baqsami, No to the Invasion, 1990, linocut, 15 3⁄4 × 11 3⁄4". From “Khaleej Modern.”

    “Khaleej Modern”

    “Khaleej Modern: Pioneers and Collectives in the Arabian Peninsula” brought together trailblazing works from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Curated by Aisha Stoby, the exhibition employed four thematic sections to map out largely unacknowledged aspects of the art movements that spread across the Arabian Peninsula over the second half of the twentieth century, as the discovery of oil prompted economic and cultural shifts.

    The works in the first chapter, “Early Pioneers,” portrayed daily customs, modes of dress, or types of labor that evoke the region’s

  • 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,” curators Talal Al Najjar and Salem AlSuwaidi 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