Thursday, September 17, 2009

Life Stories

Artist: Susan Hefuna & Zayed University Students (Hessa Abdul Rahman AL QamziAlia Al Hamiri, Sara Ali Alaidarous, Shaikha Rashid AL Mehairi , Buthena AL Muraikhi Mouza Almazrouei)
Exhibition Title: Life Stories
Exhibition Date:20/05/2008

Under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, ADMAF and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, in cooperation with Zayed University, Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage and Emirati German Friendship Society proudly present "Life Stories Exhibition" by Susan Hefuna.
The "Life Stories Exhibition" is the end result of a project between German-Egyptian artist Susan Hefuna and 6 Young Emirati students of the College of Arts and Sciences, Zayed University.
Aim of the project is a discussion of issues of visibility and invisibility, inside and outside, seeing and not seeing in the context of a reflection about the life stories and the identity of female Emirati students. During the project the students will create their own objects along the theme of visibility – invisibility, thus learning how to reflect on an abstract idea, how to develop this idea and how to translate it from thought into a concrete form that can be shown to others. In so doing, they are free to choose any material and form, such as photography, drawings or 3-dimensional objects.
The objects created by the students together with selected examples of Susan Hefuna´s own work will be exhibited in Ghaf Art Gallery Abu Dhabi. The exhibition opens on 20 May and will remain until 29 May.
About Susan Hefuna:
An artist of dual heritage, Hefuna was raised between Cairo and Germany and studied fine art at the German Art Academy. She has exhibited widely in New York, Madrid, South Africa, Liverpool, Bamako, Spain, Switzerland and Paris as well as in her home countries of Egypt and Germany. In 1998, she received a top award at the Cairo Biennial. Internationally recognized for her use of intercultural communication in her art practice, Hefuna works on this subject through different media like photography, video, installation, sculpture and drawing. Her mashribiya work, portraits, and cityscapes taken with a pinhole camera are among her most well known and have drawn international acclaim.


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