Past Exhibition / Abbas Akhavan
May 05 - June 10, 2010
For his first solo exhibition in the region, Akhavan creates a site-specific map of Dubai highlighting monumentous features and recognizable imagery associated with the city. This installation stems from his artistic representation of Dubai which parallels to the city’s accessibility and fragmentation.
Akhavan will work to create an installation including a series of maps painted directly on to a wall within the gallery space. These geographical renditions converge along the lines of mapping and remapping the space, geography and architecture of Dubai as well as its growing art market. The embellished gold wall is then divided much like sectioning a city into parts where collectors are trans- formed to landowners on purchase of a section of themap.