Rana Begum

Group show

There Is Fiction In The Space Between

23 March - 30 May, 2020

There Is Fiction In The Space Between _2020_Installation View At The Third Line _2

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Gallery 1 & AV room: There Is Fiction In The Space Between

The Third Line is pleased to present There Is Fiction In The Space Between, a group exhibition celebrating the gallery’s fifteenth anniversary. 

This exhibition draws on the breadth of The Third Line’s program by presenting eleven pairings of artworks by twenty-two different artists. Each of these pairings tells stories of aesthetics, ideologies, irony, fables and humor, and while they may or may not have initially been intended to be shown together, their coupling creates a space between them powered only by suggestion and enables a quest into re-defining and re-shaping the facts presented before their viewer.

There is a sense of duality when looking at the selection of works, which can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Whether it is seen as visual parallels or complementary concepts, the viewer is invited to bring their own fictitious narrative in connecting the duos.

The role fiction plays in our conscious lives is not of empirical nature. It is not fact. But it does bear truth. It is the re-imagination or completion of facts one might see as incomplete. The imagination exists and curls between two facts and makes for infinite possibilities.

Participating Artists: 

Abbas Akhavan, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Farah Al Qasimi, Farhad Moshiri, Fouad Elkoury, Hayv Kahraman, Huda Lutfi, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Jordan Nassar, Laleh Khorramian, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Nima Nabavi, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Sahand Hesamiyan, Sara Naim, Slavs and Tatars, Sophia Al Maria, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Youssef Nabil and Zineb Sedira.

I Will See It, When I Believe It

I Will See It, When I Believe It

May 15 - July 27, 2019

I Will See It, When I Believe It, 2019, The Third Line, exhibition poster, 59.4 cm x 84.1 cm, offset print

Group Show

Summer Show 2014

June 4 - July 24, 2014

Sara Naim _Al Niente _2009_C-type Digital Print _50.8x 43.18cm

The Third Line will be closing the season with Summer Show 2014, presenting a selection of artworks by artists represented by the gallery and those who have shown at the gallery in the past. 

With a series of media ranging across photography, painting, sculpture and installations, Summer Show 2014 will be showcasing the works of Arwa Abouon, Ala Ebtekar, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Golnaz Fathi, Hassan Hajjaj, Huda Lutfi, Laleh Khorramian, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Rhea Karam and Sara Naim.

Group Presentation

Frieze London 2013

October 17 - 20, 2013

SAM_Bint -Schrodinger -(Schrodinger 's -Girl )_2013_Video -Installation -on -3-cuboglass -TV_Still -2

Rana Begum

No. 10

June 19 - July 30

RB_No .415_2013_Paint On Mild Steel _135x 33x 33 Cm _3

Rana Begum - No. 10

The Third Line is pleased to present Rana Begum's third solo show in Dubai, No.10, exhibiting metal sculptures coated with vibrant colours that push the relationship between colour, form and three-dimensional space. Taking inspiration from urban order and disorder, Begum creates surfaces and planes that are luscious and seductive. To engage with these works the viewer must walk around them, embracing the materiality and making the viewing of the work a visceral and physical experience.

The show includes wall-mounted folded metal works that vary in sizes. These are developed out of previous studies in paper and delicately emulate the weightlessness of the original material. Mild steel, mirror finish steel, copper and brass are some of the industrial materials Begum is fascinated with. Careful consideration is given to the folds and angles and colors are scrupulously applied to various facets to create crystalline compositions.

Placed at irregular intervals and unusual heights, the installation plays with spatial concerns and recreates a semblance of kinesis. The sharp composition of light, reflection and geometry all come together to create multiple perspectives.

In addition to these works are two benches that take on a more grounded and sculptural interpretation of the theme. The large floor pieces also occupy viewers in much the same way as the airy wall series, inviting them to view the work from all sides, taking in their multiple faces and shifting geometrical planes.

This new and more playful body of work follows Begum's established practice of working with minimalist aesthetic and urban physiognomies – each work demanding a level of interaction to be able to experience its entirety. As is significant with her previous works, this exhibition explores how the slightest shifts in colour, shape, movement, and viewing angle can create complex and beautiful new alignments. 

PROJECT SPACE - Amir H. Fallah, The Arrangement

Rana Begum

The Moment Of Alignment

September 10 - October 01, 2009

RB_No .178_2009_Spray Paint On Powder -coated Aluminium _20x 25cm _a _650

For Rana Begum's second solo exhibition in Dubai consists of  six new large-scale, coloured aluminium works form the exhibition supported by a selection of works on paper.           

Moving beyond the colour codes of her first solo exhibition at The Third Line, Rana Begum has evolved from a multiple layering of colour to hard edged repetition and symmetry. Maintaining a perpendicular format and intuitive application of colours, Begum’s new work demands an active participation between the audience and the pieces themselves. 

[Images are of the works with views from the right, centre and left]

Rana Begum

Color Codes

September 06 - October 10, 2007

RB_No .101 (Dyptich )_2007_Resin On Lithographic , Electrical Tape , Vinyl , Paint & Wood _76x 76cm _650

Rana Begum's exhibition at The Third Line will showcase the London artist's most recent body of works. Lodged between op-art and minimalism, Begum's paintings draw an unlikely inspiration from repetitive geometric patterns within Islamic art and architecture. The result is a series of tightly controlled compositions, where impeccably applied colorful hard-edge lines are coated in a thick layer of glossy resin, to create seductively tactile reflective surfaces. 

Begum's paintings are an exercise in rhythm and symmetry and much like music, have a spiritual quality to them that embraces the heart and gratifies the eye. Begum received her Fine Art Degree in painting at the Chelsea College of Art and Design and her MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art, both of London.