If you ever had any doubt about the prominence of Emirati artists internationally, then one only need look briefly at the global arts calendar, to see that they are being featured regularly at high profile events. The contemporary, international Art Fair – Venice Biennale 2011, will feature three prominent Emirati artists. Hailing from different generations and different aesthetic schools, the artists selected for the bi-annual art fair are Reem Al Ghaith, Lateefa bint Maktoum and Abdullah Al Saadi, who will present their work in the UAE pavilion, which has been developed by Curator Vasif Kortun, in partnership with the Istanbul architectural firm Superpool.
Graphic design, printmaking, and photography form the bulk of Reem Al Ghaith’s work. Influenced by changes in the urban and social landscape of the UAE and how these relate to tradition and history, Ghaith’s work has been featured in several international publications such as, ARTnews Magazine, Next Level Magazine, The Monocle, The Art Newspaper, and Le Monde. Ghaith is also an avid poet.
Exhibiting since 2004, Latefa bint Maktoum has a passion for sketching, drawing and photography. Her work has been featured both regionally and internationally. Maktoum is also founder and
Director of Tashkeel, a public studio providing specialist facilities for artists and designers living and working in the UAE.
Artist Abdullah Al Saadi, both painter and drawer, finds his inspiration in nature and rural life forms. His work was featured in the recent edition of the Sharjah Biennial, where his 152 water colour paintings and videos chronicles his journey though the northern region on the UAE, accompanied by a donkey and a dog.
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