15 Feb 2024 - 06 Mar 2024

The Narrow Path: Glossolalia in Public

NYUAD Project Space


The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery’s auxiliary venue, the Project Space, will welcome the public to its second exhibition this year, The Narrow Path: Glossolalia in Public, on February 15. This solo project by NYUAD Assistant Arts Professor of Live Art Chinasa Ezugha will run until March 6. It features a performance film titled The Narrow Path, the second in a series of three performance projects by the artist in which the act of “glossolalia”—speaking in tongues—can be seen as a ceremonial performance. In the exhibition, the artist seeks to explore the question: “To what extent does our understanding of glossolalia change according to the context of public aesthetics?”

Supporting the progress made by other arts institutions within the UAE, the NYUAD Art Gallery and the projects it supports serve the local arts community as a testing ground for new and innovative curatorial approaches that nourish the dialogue around exhibition practice in the Gulf. In addition, its auxiliary venue, the Project Space, is an exhibition laboratory for the academic and regional community, including the annual Senior Capstone Festival, faculty-curated exhibitions, experimental projects, and the work of emerging artists from the region.

Press release from NYUAD Art Gallery

Image: Chinasa Ezugha. The Narrow Path. 2023. Still. Image courtesy of the artist