Landmark Exhibition 'Is This Tomorrow?' Launched At AlSerkal Avenue's Concrete

07 November 2019
First shown at Whitechapel Gallery in London, the exhibition highlights five collaborations between architects and artists

Alserkal Arts Foundation today launched the landmark exhibition Is This Tomorrow? at Concrete in collaboration with London’s Whitechapel Gallery.

The exhibition, which will run until November 23, was created by Whitechapel Gallery’s chief curator Lydia Yee and was first shown in London from 14 February–12 May 2019.


Tatiana Bilbao Estudio

In the Dubai iteration of the exhibition, five pairings of international artists and architects will shine a light on universal topics including borders, privacy, living space, and our relationship with technology.

“It is an honour for Whitechapel Gallery to work in partnership with Alserkal Arts Foundation to present a version of the exhibition Is This Tomorrow?," Yee says. "This is a fitting context for an exhibition that explores the potential of artists and architects to collaborate on their vision of the future, and one that will reach a dynamic and diverse new audience for the project in the UAE.”


Cao Fei 

The installations and pavilions by Amalia Pica and 6a, Cao Fei and mono office, Mariana Castillo Deball and Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Rana Begum and Marina Tabassum Architects, and Hardeep Pandhal and APPARATA, shine a light on the potential of collaboration between art and architecture, in line with the wider November in Alserkal Avenue programme.

Visual artist Rana Begum and architect Marina Tabassum, both from Bangladesh, have collaborated on a new iteration of Phoenix Will Rise, originally presented at Whitechapel, that will be created specifically for The Yard, Alserkal Avenue.


Rana Begum

“We live in a world where the boundaries between disciplines are increasingly blurred, and where technology enables us to connect with each other wherever we are,” Begum, who is represented by The Third Line in Alserkal Avenue, says. “This collaboration is exciting because it pushes boundaries in a playful way, while simultaneously inviting the viewer to consider space in relation to location and existing elements. I have found it interesting to engage with Marina Tabassum’s vision and experience of space, form, colour and light.”

Is This Tomorrow? will take place in and around Concrete, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture-designed building shortlisted for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.


Concrete, Al Serkal Avenue

“Alserkal Arts Foundation is delighted to partner with Whitechapel to share such an important and groundbreaking exhibition with our audiences in Dubai and the UAE,” says Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Founder of Alserkal. “Our presentation of Is This Tomorrow? not only furthers our mission of championing collaborative, socially engaged, and multi-disciplinary practices, but also reinforces Dubai’s position as an epicentre for a broader dialogue on the role of architecture in the region.”