Tashkeel announces 2022 Residency Programme for global and local artists to create new work, share skills and collaborate

Tashkeel announces 2022 Residency Programme for global and local artists to create new work, share skills and collaborate

Tashkeel’s 2022 programme is providing residencies from two months to one year for a select group of Emirati, Belgian, Spanish and Chilean artists

Dubai, UAE – 08 March 2022 | Tashkeel has been enabling discourse, collaboration, knowledge transfer and skills exchange between overseas art and design practitioners and those living and working in the UAE since 2008. Over the last 14 years, 76 practitioners from 30 countries have benefited from the Tashkeel Residency Programme, which has enabled them to push the boundaries of their practice, embark on new research, experiment, engage with new communities and create new bodies of work while deepening their understanding of the UAE.

In the first half of 2022, the Programme will include a four-month residency for the Spanish artist architect and designer Inés J Pedras and a one-year residency for the New York-based, Chilean fine arts practitioner Alonsa Guevara in addition to facilitating a collaboration between two UAE-based artists – Nujoom Al Ghanem and CharLes; enabling all four to broaden their arts practice, exchange ideas with other creatives, benefit from the Dubai-based organisation’s resources and exhibit new work to the public.

Tashkeel First Solo Residency

The First Solo Residencies was launched last year as an extension to the Tashkeel Residency Programme to enable UAE-based art and design practitioners to undertake a short term, self-directed residency. The inaugural resident was Behnoosh Feiz who completed her residency at the end of December 2021 with a solo exhibition ‘What Do You See in This Mirror?following a two-month residency where she explored the ‘Flower of Life’ geometrical pattern to create large-scale works integrating her insights into philosophy, mathematics and astrology.

Tashkeel Director Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum explains, “The First Solo Residency enables Tashkeel to offer our members a focused opportunity to present work-in-progress or completed creations in a public outcome. The eight-week residency based at Tashkeel House 10, Al Fahidi supports and nurtures their practice, while providing the freedom within the space to experiment and build experience; from installation through to curation and display.”

Having commenced their First Solo Residency in January, current participants, Emirati film director Nujoom Al Ghanem and Belgian portrait artist CharLes, are using the opportunity to research, develop and film a video-based work consisting of a series of zoom and in-person interviews with Palestinians. The project explores memory, perception and trauma through a visual representation of the complex emotions and stories shared by the interviewees. The duo’s

collaboration will result with an installation and video-based exhibition titled ‘An Imaginary Portrait of Palestine’, which will run from 3 to 9 March at Tashkeel House 10, Al Fahidi (11am – 6pm from 4-8 March, and 11am – 10pm on 9 March)

The artists are also presenting two special events for the public during the exhibition period. On 3 March (8pm), Nujoom and CharLes will give a brief address followed by a screening of ‘An Imaginary Portrait of Palestine’. On 6 March (8pm), CharLes will host the latest edition of her majlis-type gatherings ‘Le Salon de CharLes’ with special guest the traveller, writer and economic commentator Adel A. Dajani, to talk about his book, From Jerusalem to a Kingdom by the Sea, in which he aims to humanise political events that have affected many Arabs, including his Palestinian family.

Tashkeel International Residences

The long-standing Tashkeel International Residency Programme encourages the exchange of ideas between overseas and UAE-based practitioners. Its non-prescriptive, process-based nature enables artists to develop projects in response to their new environment, or to conduct research benefitting from Tashkeel’s resources. Both the artist and the wider community benefit as the residents share their expertise through blogs, talks and seminars, and have the opportunity to showcase their work at a public exhibition.

The first Tashkeel Artist-in-Residence for 2022 is the Spanish artist, architect and designer Inés J Pedras whose four-month residency (January-April) is in partnership with Acción Cultural Española and the Embassy of Spain in the UAE, in parallel with the Spanish participation in Expo 2020.

The residency will give Inés the opportunity to develop her artistic practice within the geographical context of the UAE, while engaging in intercultural dialogue with artists, designers and craftsmen. She intends to pursue a journey of experimental investigations around Arabian architecture and geometry, while exploring the bonds between Arab and Spanish culture. Interested in fusing mathematical sciences and visual art, she typically works with lightweight, natural materials adopting a constructionist approach.

Tashkeel Director Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum says, “Tashkeel is delighted to collaborate with the government of Spain on this unique residency that traverses art and science. The visual arts practice of Inés Pedras intersects with architecture and technology. As an artist whose practice utilises a wide range of digital tools, she plans to explore the historical roots of geometry during her residency in Dubai. We look forward to seeing the outcome of her research in a solo exhibition in April at Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba.”

Joining the Programme in April is Alonsa Guevara who will undertake a one-year residency at Tashkeel. The New York-based artist originally from Chile will be only the third artist to undertake a twelve-month residency (following the artists Ruben Sanchez and eL Seed). Her work explores questions of womanhood, identity and belonging while celebrating the connection between humankind and nature. During the residency, Alonsa plans to investigate new sources of inspiration including the flora and fauna of the UAE. She shall become part of the community, making full use of the facilities available at Tashkeel and gaining a deep understanding of UAE contemporary art and design practice. Alongside pursuing her own experimentation and research, she will deliver workshops, masterclasses and courses for fine art practitioners, schools and universities. She will also be available for private commissions. The public will be able to follow her journey through the Residency Blog on tashkeel.org to its culmination – a solo exhibition of new work in March 2023.

Anticipating the arrival of Alonsa Guevara, Tashkeel Director Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum says, “I am excited to have an artist of the calibre of Alonsa Guevara with us at Tashkeel. As a master painter who discusses subjects of womanhood within her culture, it will be interesting to observe how the context of her work changes when she explores another.; the commonalities, the differences and the discoveries.”

For details on all Tashkeel programmes, exhibitions and activities, please visit tashkeel.org.

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