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XVA Artists to Watch!

Kicking off with the final display of the five-part Art in Iraq Today exhibition curated by Dia Al-Azzawi, showcasing the work of artists Ali Jabbar, Halim Al-Karim and Mahmoud Obaidi. The exhibition series and supporting catalogue are dedicated to the memory of pre-eminent art critic Jabra Ibrahim Jabra and his essays titled ‘Art in Iraq Today.’

Monday 25 April, 8pm

Art in Iraq Today: V
Curated by Dia Al-Azzawi at Meem Gallery, featuring the work of Halim Al-Karim
Exhibition continues through to 31 May, 2011
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This is the final display of the five-part Art in Iraq Today exhibition and showcases work by XVA artist Halim Al-Karim, along with artists Ali Jabbar and Mahmoud Obaidi.

Image: Halim Al-Karim (b. Iraq, 1963). Witness from Baghdad 1, 2008. Photograph, Lambda print, triptych 150 x 100 cm. Edition of 3 + 2 AP.

Monday 2 MAY, 7 – 9pm

Please join us at XVA DIFC for ART NIGHTS @ GATE VILLAGE
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The month of May sees the return of Art Nights @ Gate Village. Art Nights combines elements of art, music, film and design through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

XVA will open its doors late for a reception with works on view by artists Hadieh Shafie and Behrang Samadzadegan. Alongside other galleries openings and events, this Monday’s Art Nights will feature live performances by the band Noush Like Sploosh and singer/ songwriter Gayathri. Guests will also have a chance to win a fabulous dinner giveaway by La Petite Maison.

Image: Hadieh Shafie (b. Iran 1963). 23900 Pages, 2011. Ink and acrylic on paper with printed and handwritten Farsi text.

Friday 20 MAY, 6pm

Arezu in Ayyam’s The Young Collectors Auction
Viewing: May 16 – 19, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Auction: Friday, May 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm
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Lot 20
Arezu (b. Iran, 1983). Untitled, 2008. From the series That Obscure Object
Signed, Dated, Numerated on verso. Paper size 24 X 18 cm. Image size 8 X 6 cm. Gelatin Silver Photograph (2/3). Estimate (US$ 750 – 1,250)

Emerging artist Arezu describes her experiences as a young female in the ongoing photographic project That Obscure Object. The series is a balance between the common and uncommon – the artist’s physical form being maligned by her metaphysical state. Her work is not merely a body, but the layered dimensions hidden within it.

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