Lamya Gargash

Lamya Gargash


April 30 – May 29, 2014

LG_Tangled_Chromogenic color print_60 x 60 cm

The Third Line is pleased to welcome back Lamya Gargash, who will be showing her new body of work in the gallery Project Space. Lamya’s recent photographs expand upon her interventions in internal and external living spaces, seeking human presence in otherwise empty compositions.

Lamya’s practice has been concerned with the extensive study of identity and perception, and often documenting forgotten spaces in public and private realms in Emirati society. Finding herself caught in the chaos of daily life and the demands of motherhood, as well as the loss of several deaths in the family in the last three years, Traces echoes her longing for silent, stationary moments. The images showcase the artist’s heightened sensitivity towards finding beauty in the mundane.

The exhibition consists of a selection of photographs taken at various points in time, celebrating the visibly banal. These are spaces that still show signs of someone having left a mark of their presence – in effect also highlighting their absence:  used plates after a family lunch, a stationery mickey mouse ride serenely staring off into nothingness, dirty drapes from Lamya’s now demolished house, and more.

As a photographer, Lamya finds that these poetic instances suggest moments of physical interaction of some sort and communicate our human-ness. They point towards the fragility of life, which strongly states the inevitability of mortality, and in the end the traces left behind are mere moments that will also fade with time.



Lamya Gargash

Through The Looking Glass

April 25 - June 30, 2012

LG_Through The Looking Glass

In her first solo exhibition, Emirati artist Lamya Gargash presents a provocative new body of work that examines identity, perception and acceptance in modern day society. Lamya Gargash, representative of the inaugural UAE Pavilion during the 2009 Venice Biennale, unveils a new body of work that addresses societal notions of beauty, intimate perceptions of self and identity through a portrait series at The Third Line. Influenced by such artists as Cindy Sherman, the photographs aspire to raise challenging and important questions about self-reflection and criticism in relevance to media representation of body image and beauty standards in today’s society. 

Through the Looking Glass investigates how we constantly view ourselves in comparison to an ever elusive standard, prompted by the constant bombardment of media imagery dictating ‘how we should look’. Minor defects become drastic, resulting in even more drastic measures undertaken to reach that ideal standard of beauty. Our self-perception, and subsequently our identity, becomes indistinct; as if viewing ourselves through a distorted looking glass.

Lamya Gargash


November 23 - December 31, 2009

LG_Blue Purple Chair _2005-2006_C-prints _60x 60cm _650

The Third Line is proud to present Presence, the exhibition and debut book launch by Emirati artist, Lamya Gargash. Gargash’s photographic series documents unwanted houses and structures in the United Arab Emirates that have been abandoned or left for demolition. 

The images represent a culture that developed after the oil boom nearly thirty years ago that now stands unwanted, providing a narrative that delves beyond the walls and into the lives that they once contained. The bookPresence by Lamya Gargash, has been made possible with the support of The Emirates Foundation, Anasy Media Production and H.E. Dr. Anwar M. Gargash. 

Group Show

Life Drawing

December 19, 2007 - January 10, 2008

HK_Chained Women _2006_Sumi Ink On Paper _45x 65cm _650

Life Drawing: Approaches to figurative practices by Neda Hadizadeh, Ghadah Al Kandari, Hayv Kahraman and Lamya Gargash, presents works that converge through literal or fragmented depictions of the body. Through the different mediums of drawing, painting and video, these four young female artists decipher the figure and its representation while simultaneously commenting on the environment in which they live. 

Kuwaiti artist Ghadah Al Kandari's works range from colourful and brash like portraits to extremely simple black and white drawings.The commonality between her painting and drawings are her subjects – all are relatives depicted in off-beat domestic settings which hint toward family dynamics and the relationships between the individuals. 
Iraqi artist Hayv Kahraman's highly graphic drawings depict the ravaging effects of war, which always affect women the hardest. Using Sumi ink on brown paper, Hayv's wide stylistic references range from Japanese and Arabic calligraphy art nouveau, Persian miniature and Greek iconography.

Emirati artist Lamya Gargashcatches our curious gaze by omitting vital information from the female form. Gargash’s video portraits highlight the awkward space between the garment and the body by manipulating two comparative images – one displayed with only the garment in view, the other with only the body in view, questioning society’s perceived understanding of female representation.
Iranian artist Neda Hadizadehpaints fragmented figurative works with vibrant brush strokes and strong black lines. Dripping, figurative outlines are placed on a background of colour, usually contain the model’s fingers or bony hands covering or concealing segments of the figure. Her work depicts the human form with angst and psychological drama in a dark and unsettling manner.