Explore the dualities of tradition and modernity at this NYUAD exhibition


Entitled Symbiotic:Hyperreal, the exhibition will round up this season of the NYUAD Arts Center’s venue, The Project Space

The final exhibition for this season of NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Arts Center’s auxiliary venue, The Project Space is here!

Starting 1 June, catch Symbiotic: Hyperreal, by Emirati artists and brothers Talal Al Najjar and Ziad Al Najjar.

Running until 14 June, the works have been curated by Tala Nassar, Associate Manager of Curatorial Projects at The NYUAD Arts Center. Symbiotic: Hyperreal, as the name suggests, focuses on works that create a quality of simulation, unrealness, or hyperreality.

The term Symbiotic in the title describes the several dualities that manifest in the show: that of two brothers, that of the two cultures in their family of origin, and that of life in the UAE, with its attendant tension between tradition and modernity.

Through their work, the artists search for a balance between their traditional Emirati heritage and the experience of living in modern Dubai. These dualities come out in the use of ancient motifs from various cultures to a contemporary context.

Nassar commented: “This exhibition is a fitting way to finish what has been one of our strongest and most thought-provoking seasons yet at The Project Space. From the moment that the viewer enters the space, they are watching but there is also a sense of being watched.”

“This sensation expresses the experience of our fraught reality today, mediated by algorithms, deep fakes, and artificial intelligence, but also offers us a way to see this reality from a new perspective that gives us more control of the way we respond to the pressures of new technologies.”



1-14 June


NYUAD Arts Center


For more information, visit nyuad-artgallery.org/en_US/arts-center-project-space/symbiotic-hyperreal/

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