This NYUAD exhibition needs no explanation


Held at The Project Space, Emirati artist Noura Ali-Ramahi uses sustainable methods to create her exhibition ‘Allow Me Not To Explain’.

If you’re tired of going to exhibitions and being bogged by over-the-top explanations, this one’s for you. If you skip them altogether for fear of not understanding, even better!

Entitled Allow Me Not To Explain, the solo exhibition by Emirati artist Noura Ali-Ramahi focuses on highlighting her practice, and allowing people to make their own interpretations.

On from 10-23 November, you can catch her work for free at the NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery’s auxiliary venue, The Project Space.

Through the work, the artist hopes to highlight the process of repetition and meditation rather than the end result. The inspiration is her artistic practice and process, which in itself is an act of repetitive meditation.

Influenced by her daily walks, Ali-Ramahi’s work portrays the nature that she encounters on her strolls. Be it the sunrise, the sunset, the shape of the sun, the earth, or the sea, her art captures it all. She recycles and utilizes found material to create her work: wax paper that came with a cheese order, a piece of cardboard that wrapped an Amazon package, or even a paper bag from a retail brand.

The exhibition itself and title came from Ali-Ramahi’s struggle to explain her art. Therefore, at The Project Space, she wants people to experience her work and derive their own meaning from it.

Located in The Arts Center and supported by the museum staff of The NYUAD Art Gallery, The Project Space is a non-commercial gallery dedicated to Abu Dhabi community projects. The Project Space gives priority to exhibitions from within the academic and regional community, including the annual Senior Capstone Festival, faculty-curated exhibitions, experimental projects, and the work of regional emerging artists.

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