Launching on 7 December 2023, innovative female artists will be showcasing their work as part of a new exhibition titled Resonating Tides: Stories on the Edge of Tomorrow’s Anthropocene, at Expo City Dubai’s Women’s Pavilion.
Coinciding with the COP28 climate summit currently underway at Expo City, the exhibition, which runs until March 2024, is curated by Janet Bellotto, a multidisciplinary Italian-Canadian artist based in Dubai, who is inspired by her travels, with water a constant theme in her practice.
At the launch event, guests are invited to meet Bellotto as well as four of the artists, Ghada Khunji, Stephanie Neville and Magda Malkoun, who will be participating in a panel discussion moderated by cultural studies scholar and principal art researcher at the UAE Ministry of Culture, Mahnaz Fancy. Emirati spoken word poet Dr Afra Atiq will open proceedings with a moving poetry recital.
- Award-winning Bahraini photographer Ghada Khunji, whose exhibits have made a splash in the United States, Europe and West Asia, is renowned for documenting both landscapes and people from across the world, bringing to life the inherent dignity of humanity.
- Contemporary South African artist Stephanie Neville employs traditional handmade techniques to
express a feminine approach to conceptual art. Her growing interest in sustainability is examined in terms of the
environment and interpersonal relationships influenced by the transient lifestyle of the UAE.
- UAE-based Lebanese artist Magda Malkoun’s work is recognisable by her signature style of painstakingly organised photo collages to form portraits that combine photography and sculpture. She was selected to promote Sustainable Living and Peace at the UNESCO Art Camp Andorra in March 2022 and July 2023.
The exhibition will also feature work by Aïda Muluneh, Azade Köker, Catherine Blackburn, Hind Mezaina, Maitha Demithan, Marwah AlMugait, Naz Shahrokh and Sama Alshaibi. As the climate crisis deepens and we continue to search for answers, Resonating Tides: Stories on the Edge of Tomorrow’s Anthropocene will encourage audiences to explore the deeper messages embedded in creative expressions.
Press release from Expo City Dubai