Lawrie Shabibi Opens a New Project Space with a Solo by Gazelle Samizay from Sep. 10- 20

Lawrie Shabibi opens the season with a new Project Space presenting a solo exhibition by Gazelle Samizay and a group exhibition of its artists in the Main Gallery

10 September – 20 September, 2012

Lawrie Shabibi is pleased to announce the launch of its new Project Space, which opens as part of the new season’s Alserkal Gallery Night on 10th September, 2012.  The Project Space is part of our mission to promote upcoming artists, show a diverse range of art practices to our audiences and provide an opportunity for smaller shows.  Exhibitions in the Project Space will coincide with other exhibitions in the main gallery.

Our inaugural exhibition is im/pure, a solo by Afghan/American artist Gazelle Samizay.  im/pure is Gazelle Samizay’s first solo exhibition and she will be presenting a series of photographs and two new video works.   Samizay uses video to immerse the viewer in imagined narratives inspired by her own reality, with photographs that act as snapshots of the experience, at times pausing the narration of traumas in time to allow for reflection. In her new series Samizay considers the notion of the passage of time and the human desire for release – from burdens, grief and past experiences – reflecting upon whether there is ever a true catharsis or if we carry these within us forever.

In the main gallery space we present Placebo a group exhibition of works from our roster of artists.  These include new works by Hamra Abbas, Sama Alshaibi, Driss Ouadahi, Shahpour Pouyan and Marwan Sahmarani.    

 Artist bios

Gazelle Samizay was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and now resides in the US. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited in group shows across the US and internationally, including Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Pakistan, Morocco and the UK. Samizay is a recipient of the Princess Grace Experimental Film Honoraria, the 1885 Graduate Fellowship in Arts and Humanities, and the Northern Trust Enrichment Award, among others.  She received her Master’s in Fine Arts in photography at the University of Arizona.

Hamra Abbas was born in Kuwait and currently lives in the US.  She was awarded the Jury prize at Sharjah Biennial 9 and in 2011 was one of the recipients of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize.  Her work has been included in Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan (2011); the International Artist s Workshop of Thessaloniki Biennial and International Incheon Women Artists Biennale (2009); Guangzou Triennial (2008); Istanbul Biennial (2007); the Biennale of Sydney (2006); and the Cetinje Biennial (2004).   Her work has also been exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; V&A Museum, London; Asia Society Museum, New York; ARTIUM de Álava Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Manchester Art Gallery, UK and REDCAT, LA.  

Sama Alshaibi has exhibited in over 20 countries including Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, Selma Feriani Gallery, London, Exit Art in NYC, Al Hoash in Jerusalem, DARB in Cairo, The Bronx Museum in NYC and the Museum of Contemporary Art in  Denver. In 2010 she participated in a travelling group show Hiwar in Tunis and Cairo with Adel Abidin, Nadia-Kaabi Linke and Moataz Nasr amongst others.  Her time-based works (video art and films) have screened in numerous film festivals internationally, including Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece, CinemaEast Film Festival in NYC, DOKUFEST in Kosovo and MidEast Cut in Copenhagen/Denmark & Helsinki/Finland. He works have been collected by notable collectors internationally including Nadour (Germany), the Barjeel Collection (Sharjah), The Rami Farook Collection (Dubai) and the upcoming Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Tunis (Tunisia).

Driss Ouadahi was born in Casablanca, Morocco to Algerian parents and grew up in Algeria. He studied at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts d’Alger before enrolling and subsequently graduating from the Kunstakadamie Düsseldorf, the city where he now lives and works. Ouadahi has exhibited in solo exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Düsseldorf, Germany, and Istres, France. He has also taken part in a number of group exhibitions, most recently in Le Retour, 3ème Festival International d’Art Contemporain d’Alger; Magreb: Dos Orillas, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Future of a Promise at Venice Bienale 54, Cairo Biennial 12, CU Art Museum and University of Colarado in Boulder.

Shahpour Pouyan was born in 1979 in Isfahan, Iran and is currently studying for a Masters of Fine Art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He has a Masters in Fine Art (Painting) from Tehran University of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the University of Science and Culture.  Pouyan is the recipient of the Tehran Contemporary Museum of Art’s grant of residence at International Cite Des Artes, Paris, France and has exhibited in various solo exhibitions in Tehran and Dubai and in group shows in Paris, New York, Beirut, Canada and Serbia.  

Marwan Sahmarani was born in Lebanon in 1970 and currently lives and works in Beirut. With an archetypal biography specific to his generation, he left Lebanon in 1989 and moved to Paris to study at l’École Supérieur d’Art  Graphique.  He has had solo exhibitions in Beirut, London, Montreal and Dubai and group exhibitions in Washington and Mexico.  His works have also featured in ‘Told/ Untold /Retold’ at Mathaf, Doha (2010), ‘All about Beirut’ at Kunsthalle whiteBOX, Munich (2010) and the ‘The Feast of the Damned’ at the Museum of Art and Design, New York (2010), ‘The hamgin Room’ in Turin (2011) and London (2012).  In 2010 Sahmarani was the recipient of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize and his work ‘The Feast of the Damned’ was showcased at Art Dubai that year. 

Main Gallery: Placebo – Group Exhibition

Project Space: Im/Pure – Solo Exhibition by Gazelle Samizay       

Private Preview 10 September, 7pm

Shows continue until 20 September, 2012

(info and pictures kindly provided by Lawrie Shabibi)

For more information on Lawrie Shabibi click here

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