INVISIBLE (DUBAI, 2014)

Taking place in Dubai over a two-day period (November 29 &30)—the AFAC End of Year Event 2014 consisted of unveiling Public Artworks commissioned to five visual artists under the theme “InVisible” followed by a panel discussion, and a music concert by Mashrou’ Leila at Music Hall Dubai.

AFAC, in collaboration with Temporary Art Platform and 17A Art Consultants commissioned five artists for public installations, sculptures and interventions to be implemented and revealed in a public space in Dubai.

Vartan AvakianDoa AlyVikram DivechaMonira Al Qadiri and Shaikha Al Mazrou responded to the notion of ‘’InVisible”, a theme that inspired contemporary national monuments, narrative and formal sculptural gestures concealing the visible and revealing the invisible within the cultural, historical and architectural context of Dubai. They looked at material and immaterial manifestations, dug out hidden foundations and brought to light forgotten narratives.

Informed by specific sites, stories, textures, forms and national representations, the works call to question the place of culture in public space, its tangible and intangible nature and its impact on the collective and the individual.

The works resulting from this commission are to be read and metamorphosed, thus appropriated by the community and the viewers to become the custodians of silent poetic readings and symbolic associations within the context of Dubai beyond its giganticism.