in5 will hold an open studio on Saturday, March 10, from 12:00-16:30pm, offering the public the opportunity to meet the artists, see their work in progress and learn more about their practice by engaging with them directly. To find out more, visit infive.ae
Below you may find a brief summary of the artists’ body of work and themes, as well as what they expect to show during their time spent in Dubai.
«IS YOUR BODY A HEAVEN» is the artist’s latest series of works on which he intends to continue working during his residency in Dubai. The series is comprised of large-scale canvases, depicting different colors, organisms of our universe and underlining advantages or disadvantages of our living planet. Put together through personal memories and historical research rather than precise depictions of a geographical location, Tato’s landscapes act as a metaphor for the psychological conditions of our time.
How do memories from our childhood and our perception of the everyday change over time? Looking to Jean Michel Basquiat as his hero and to the language of Neo-Expressionism in his large iconic paintings, Farshad Farzankia remixes references from the 80’s to today to tell powerful narratives of migration and power relations in his works. During his residency in Dubai, the artist will further explore the use of everyday objects revolving around memories of his childhood such as icons, commemorating important ideals which he embraces.
Visual art is one of the few ways a people’s history can never be obliterated. In his work, Victor Ehikhamenor draws from his personal experience of how much he has learnt about his past ancestors through the works they produced more than what the written history that is not based on any art reference can ever teach him. This is a universal phenomenon, because most races have been able to keep their essence from generation to generation through the history of their art. The artist looks at aboriginal art as well as Islamic writing and explores how these are visually related to his own mark making, however different their actual meanings may be.
For the presentation at Art Dubai 2018, Onishi will peel back the codified processes behind his environments and photographic works, as well as premier a brand new sculpture, conceived for Art Dubai 2018. Taking inspiration from Dubai, he will draw on the dual nature of the production and waste cycle of a modern society, which he does by fusing found materials and glue to form a nexus of invisible coordinates for the bodies of waste that accumulate as vast dead zones, or preserved trash mountains, and re-imagine them as the counter-memorials of a city’s history.
Poonam Jain is interested in pedagogy and architecture. Both as spaces that we occupy and dwell in. Language, numbers, home and equations formed between them. Alphabets and numbers are the first lessons taught in school, which then becomes the lens through which the world is viewed. Counting as a religious act, political, domestic, economic act. Within his works, he constantly merges these notions to understand the micro narratives formed by the language of numbers. Measuring and counting as act of power and/or hope. Also, focusing on the tools used to do this: chanting mala, rulers, votes, protests, vending machines, bank slip notes, currency, books, shopping and statistics.