Green Art Gallery Dubai opens “ For the love of Noon”, an exhibition of new works by Moroccan artist Hakim Ghazali, Opening 13th March 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday 13th March 2010, 7:30 pm onwards
Exhibition Dates: 13/03/2010 - 22/04/2010
Green Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new works by Moroccan artist Hakim Ghazali, entitled “For the love of Noon”.
As evident in this new series, Hakim’s practice has significantly evolved over the last few few years, since his last exhibition at Green Art Gallery in 2007. As a trained calligrapher, Hakim has always been preoccupied by the history of calligraphy. Specifically, his work revolved around the various symbols and their deep connection to the sufi faith. His signature practice of minimalist works, which combine a monochromatic background with flashes of colour and symbols, is still evident in this new series. In this new body of work, Hakim focuses exclusively on the letter “noon” ( the letter “n” in the Latin alphabet). Symbolizing femininity and womanhood according to sufi philosophy, which form a basis in Hakim’s work, the letter “noon” takes various shapes: stitched on canvas, painted on monochromatic canvases and produced in metal-based structures and installations. Regardless of medium, Hakim enforces the profound spiritual meaning of the symbol and its beauty, thus creating complex contemporary works that draw on the spiritual depth of ancient Islamic art.
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About Hakim Ghazali
Born in 1963, Moroccan artist Hakim Ghazali first exhibited at Green Art Gallery in 1996. Since them he has exhibited worldwide and is considered one of the most promising artists working in the region. His work was included in the prestigious “Word into Art” exhibition, organized by the British Museum and which also took place at the DIFC in Dubai in March 2008, and appears regularly in auctions including Bonhams (Nov 2008) and Christies' in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, his work was acquired by the British Museum.
He is the recipient of many awards including the 2007 Al Burda Prize ( Abu Dhabi Ministry of Culture), the 2006 Arabic Type Design Competition ( Hamburg, Germany) and the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial also in 2006. He is a member of the Moroccan Art Association, the International Association of Art, UNESCO and the Institute of Contemporary African Visual Arts ( ICAVA) in New York. In 2009, he completed an artist residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. He currently divides his time between Paris & Casablanca.
About Green Art Gallery
Green Art Gallery was founded in 1995 and was amongst the first galleries to exhibit Arab art in Dubai. The Gallery became a primary establishment to nurture the city's earliest art collector base by promoting pioneering artists from across the Middle East and North Africa. In 2009, leveraging its long and rich history in the market, Green Art Gallery also began to represent and showcase contemporary artists from the region. In this manner the Gallery would become one of the few spaces whose knowledge and expertise has spanned the Arab art movement from modernism and will continue to promote the newest tendencies in the regional contemporary art practices.
Green Art Gallery aims to become not only an exhibition space, but also as a supporter and point of reference for the regional trends in modern and contemporary art practices.
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