DUCTAC announced the Ramadanization 2016 exhibition, which will open on Monday, June 13, with an opening reception at 9:30pm in the Gallery of Light. The exhibition will run through July 9, 2016.This exhibition traces the socio-cultural impacts of the concept of Ramadan on the behaviour of contemporary Middle Eastern Muslims while major challenges in identity formulation occur coeval with the rise of ISIS.
Ramadanization at the Gallery of Light comprises the work of ten artists –
– connected by a shared hypothesis which represents the day-to-day actions of Muslims in Ramadan. The show questions the preconceptions— internal or external—about the holy month and offers more personal interpretations of the different elements that compose this sacred structure: Ramadan.
Building on last year’s social media series which explored artists and designers’ personal versus collective memories of Ramadan, this year’s exhibition features new commissions wherein artists reflect on their own significant memories and experiences of the holy month. Against increasing corporatisation of Ramadan, these personal and artistic re-interpretations highlight many common and shared experiences of the month by incorporating a visual fusion of fantasy and illusion in a narrative context such as Ramadan musalsalat (Khalid Mezaina), the iftar table (Fatima Albudoor), being on one’s best behaviour (Safwan Subzwari), reading the Quran (Jumairy), leaving (Ahmed Bouholaigah), the Ramadan environment (Dina Al Saadi), politics of food (Walid Al Wawi), belonging (Salama Nasib), expectations (Sara Al Haddad) and purification (Amal Al Khaja).
Curator Muhanad Ali commented, “Ten commissioned works are showcased not to shake or reiterate the audience’s beliefs but rather to invite people to reflect on the status quo and to continue to interrogate key existential matters with openness and tolerance”.
Having witnessed the massive commercial media tide associated with Ramadan for over 20 years and how it has gradually shifted viewers’ practices – and probably faith – during this month, Ramadanization artists playfully investigate elements of belonging and disengaging in a rapidly changing Muslim world.
This exhibition is part of DUCTAC ’s East/East-East curatorial umbrella for 2015 – 2016 season; East/East-East seeks to initiate an experimental East-arts narrative. The programme is predicated on a belief that this narrative requires a new approach, one which is neither delineated by Western institutions nor remains the sole, privileged domain of Western-focussed curators.
East/East-East champions a less stressful, more organic domain. This is the playful space carved out by shared geopolitical psychologies, the place where these idiosyncrasies are mapped, celebrated and nurtured. Uninterested in formulating responses to values emanating from galactic museums or art brokers, East/East-East will instead thrive off self-reflexive regional dialogues, using such insularity and rapprochement to find alternative approaches to art from the geographical East.
Founded in 2006, DUCTAC aims to contribute to the creative and cultural development of Dubai by presenting and hosting a programme of events and participatory activities for Dubai’s many multi- national communities and visitors alike.
The Theatre & Arts Centre was the first modern, non-profit, cross-community creative centre in the Gulf. This flagship project was the brainchild of local theatre-lovers, arts enthusiasts, artists and business people who recognised the need for an entertainment and educational centre for the community and future generations of Dubai.
DUCTAC is located on the second floor of the Mall of the Emirates, and spans some 77,952 ft sq (7,424 m sq.)
It consists of two buildings, the Theatre Building and the Arts Centre, as well as the outdoor Piazza and the Avenue.
DUCTAC also shares space with the Old Library, Arts Materials Shop, and Costa which is located in the foyer of the Theatre Building. These institutions are independent from DUCTAC but fit well within our organisation.
It hosts and produces a huge variety of shows, events, exhibitions, workshops and classes spanning almost every creative genre.