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“Ybna Al3eid” at Bayt AlMamzar

“Ybna Al3eid” at Bayt AlMamzar

“Ybna Al3eid” at Bayt AlMamzar

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood on the border of Dubai and Sharjah is Bayt AlMamzar. As soon as a household villa, it’s now one of many only a few impartial multipurpose artwork areas within the Emirates. For the exhibition “Ybna Al3eid,” the UAE-based SWALIF Collective crammed the area with video and sound works, illustrations, work, images, and installations by fourteen younger artists from the Gulf. The present’s title makes use of the casual fashion for transliterating Arabic to English when textual content messaging. Translating actually to “we introduced the Eid,” the Gulf Arabic phrase applies to conditions by which a careless or embarrassing mistake has dire penalties.

The exhibition indulges critically and satirically in juvenile mischief, drawing from the realities of youth subcultures within the area—communities which are inward-facing and intensely conscious of public fame. Firas Darwish’s set up Non-Verbal Devices of Psychological Warfare, 2022, hints on the paranoia produced by the perceived social surveillance, stationing non-functioning CCTV cameras alongside a video documenting numerous hand gestures that convey authority. Projected onto the ground, Aliyah Alawadhi’s Stomach Dancer and Emirati Males, 2021, makes use of glitched and spliced iPhone movies to merge the title characters in a shape-shifting choreography. For HOW DO YOU SATISFY?, 2022, Vivi Zhu hides images of improvised devices for pleasure (intercourse toys are banned within the Emirates) inside a miniature chest, requiring viewers to rummage to see them. All instructed, the exhibition seems like a home get together, with artworks that reject social mores to have fun rebel by means of acts of play.

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