Sustainability-championing art installations
From the 29th of March until the 3rd of April Art Dubai is taking place. The 14th edition of Art Dubai will take place under the iconic Gate Building at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The fair will feature 50 galleries from 31 countries with a focus on modern and contemporary art from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the Global South including ten of Dubai’s top galleries.
Simultaneously Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion is now home to a quintet of thought-provoking art installations by four local and regional contemporary artists.
Each of the five pieces demonstrates a specifically Middle Eastern response to the issues of sustainability, fittingly displayed as part of Expo’s flagship Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, a magnificent building that creates energy from sunlight and fresh water from the air.
Specially commissioned by Expo 2020 in collaboration with Art Dubai, the impressive array of artworks by some of the most talented artists from the UAE and the region comprises Takween by Zeinab Alhashemi (UAE); Hugs by Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim (UAE); Directions (Expo 2020) and Measuring by Mohammed Kazem (UAE); and Terrapolis by Ayman Zedani (Saudi Arabia).
The installations add another layer of engagement to Terra – Sustainability Pavilion’s story of humans’ relationship with our world. The pavilion’s emotive exploratory experience – which includes an interactive walk through the roots of the forest and a journey beneath the ocean – is designed to empower visitors to think creatively about the impact of our actions on the planet.
In addition to the five pieces already in place in the pavilion, one final artwork will be installed in the coming months. The piece, designed by an internationally renowned artist, will be situated in the inner core of the pavilion, at the heart of the building.