Abu Dhabi Art

Beyond: Emerging Artists with Abu Dhabi Art

Hosted by: Abu Dhabi Art


June 7, 2023 - June 11, 2023

Gallery 10, Gallery 11


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Exhibition Information

June 7, 2023 - June 11, 2023

Gallery 10, Gallery 11


Abu Dhabi Art

Beyond: Emerging Artists is an annual programme organised by Abu Dhabi Art. The programme enables three commissioned artists to create or develop new work through funding and curatorial support. The commissioned works are exhibited first in Abu Dhabi and then internationally in diverse locations.

This exhibition presents new works by 3 emerging artists from the UAE, Sarah Al Mehairi, Majd Alloush and Mohammed Khalid.


About the artists

Sarah Al Mehairi was born in Abu Dhabi in 1998, where she currently lives and works. She received her BA in Art and Art History from New York University Abu Dhabi.

Al Mehairi's overarching body of work explores materiality, systems and interrelations, memory, and language through the intuitive and poetic examination of narrative and abstraction. By engaging with geometric forms, she extracts and defines a structural language read time and time again to suggest a form other than its own, such as a map, sentence, or puzzle piece. Through the process, they are broken down, built and reassembled as continuous iterations of themselves. Working primarily within an investigative range of media, she explores the push and pull of material to evoke a story that both conceals and reveals itself.

Al Mehairi was part of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship’s 7th Cohort (2019-2020). She is the creator of the Artist Talks series and co-founder of the JARA Collective.She is represented by Carbon12.


Majd Alloush is a Syrian artist whose work spans multiple disciplines including printmaking, sculpture, photography, moving image, installation and performance. His creative practice challenges the notion of borders in concept, content, and medium, by exploring geopolitics, and social and environmental issues such as the ramifications of war and displacement. Alloush strategically creates work wherein multiple interpretations are possible, requiring the viewer’s own worldview to inform the meaning. His work is situated within contemporary hybrid practice, at the intersection of traditional processes and innovative methodology.

Alloush holds a BFA from the University of Sharjah, Class of 2018, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Art and Media at NYU Abu Dhabi.


Mohammed Khalid examines the materiality of everyday objects and coaxes out their metaphorical potential. Through fabricating receipts, playing with street cats, composing fictional tours and stealing corporate pens, he dissects ironies embedded in his everyday surroundings. What begins as an arbitrary flânerie, develops into a methodical formula that addresses philosophical and phenomenological, revealing the spatial, poetic relationships between his subjects and their correlation to human beings.

Khalid is an alumnus of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship and Campus Art Dubai 7.0, with previous group shows at Art Dubai, Warehouse421 and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


The works on view were commissioned by Abu Dhabi Art for Beyond: Emerging Artists 2022. 

Beyond: Emerging Artists is supported by the Friends of Abu Dhabi Art. 

Abu Dhabi Art is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi.


About Friends of Abu Dhabi Art 

Launched in 2021, Friends of Abu Dhabi Art is made up of individuals who are actively committed to supporting art and culture in Abu Dhabi. 

The initiative is co-headed by Nadine Maalouf and Nadia Sehweil and comprises the following members:

Aysha Hareb
Alina El Solh and Karim El Solh
Asma Al Fahim
Amna Al Nowais ​
Asma Seddeq Al Motawa 
Barbara Farahnick-Mathonet
Buthaina Al Mazroui
Christina Aboyoun
Dany Farha and Tanya Farha
Fairouz Villain and Jean Paul Villain
Haif Zamzam
Haifa Ahmed Alobeidli
Ibrahim Al Manaee
Khadijah Al Kudsi and Hashim Al Kudsi
Lizeth Maalouf
Maysoon Barber 
Mary Habib
Mimi Merhebi
Mohammed Afkhami
Dr. Mona Hammami
Namrata Shroff
Nesrine Maalouf
Nisreen Bajis 
Nisreen Shocair 
Olivier Georges Mestelan
Rana Asfour
Rana Kuzayli El-Khoury
Rasha Al Mubarak 
Salama Khalfan
Salvatore Lavallo
Samia Bouazza 
Saood Al Nuaimi
Serena Carnevale
Shafeena Yussuf Ali
Sima Ved
Tala Gharagozlou
Tarek Hourani
Tarek Miknas and Ventzi Naydenova
Tatiana Karam 
Thomas Young


Image credit: (detail) Installation view. Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Art.

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Abu Dhabi Art

Abu Dhabi Art

The culmination of this year-long programme is the Abu Dhabi Art fair in November, which provides an important sales platform for participating galleries whilst also offering these galleries an opportunity to showcase ambitious installations and site-specific works by their artists to a wide audience. One of the flagship programmes of Abu Dhabi Art is Beyond: Emerging Artists, an annual platform for emerging artists in the UAE that enables 3 selected artists each year to create and exhibit ambitious new works at the fair and afterwards.

Abu Dhabi Art is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi.