Seven UAE-based Artists Celebrate The Country's Heritage With A Modern Slant

04 December 2019
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
The works by the female painters are on display at the newly renovated Souk Madinat Jumeirah

With Dubai’s art season in full swing, and in the week of the UAE’s 48th national day celebrations, seven of the country’s most acclaimed artists are showcasing the country’s cultural heritage with a new exhibition of paintings at Souk Madinat Jumeirah.


'Day and Night' by Mona Faris

The newly renovated Arabian bazaar, which recreates the traditional Middle Eastern marketplace, has been transformed thanks to the collection of artworks and installations by the the ‘Souk Seven’ - Amalie Beljafla, Amrita Sethi, Mona Fares, Zeinab Al Hashemi, Noora Al Mazroui, Laila Masri and Fathima Mohiuddin.

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“Souk Madinat Jumeirah is an iconic destination that continues to connect visitors with a traditional Arabian experience blended with modern glamour and amenities,” Nabil Ramadhan, CEO Dubai Retail, said. “This exciting art project adds another fully immersive and memorable experience while celebrating seven of the city’s finest contemporary artists.”

Selected for the variety of their individual styles and expansive previous work, the artists have created a series of unique pieces throughout Souk Madinat Jumeirah alleyways.

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Amalie Beljafla has used oil and acrylic paint to create a “surreal, dreamlike and powerful” mural titled ‘Noor Zayed’, or light of Zayed, while Sethi’s signature voice note art uses acrylic paints to capture the soundwave pattern of ‘Souk Madinat Jumeirah’ when spoken.


'Souk-Madinat Jumeriah' by Amrita-Sethi

Fathima Mohiuddin, known as Fats Patrol, has used wall paint, acrylic and brushes for a piece which references local bird species, the sun, moon, stars and Arabic mosaics, while Mona Fares’ mixed media piece - inspired by the colours and textures of the UAE landscape - incorporates wall paints, acrylic, spray paints, glitter, ink, stucco and metal.

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Exploring the link between the natural and industrial, Zeinab Al Hashemi’s piece uses reinforced metal mesh, wooden palm tree mesh and LED lighting, while Noora Al Mazroui adopted a vinyl laser cut printer to create a mixed media piece of lines and patterns inspired by falcons and aspects of Emirati heritage and culture.


'Laughing Doves' by Fathima Mohiuddin

Laila Masri has used oils, acrylic paint and inks in a mixed-media piece which represents the Emirati people in harmony and echoes the beauty and richness of colour found in souk culture and arts and crafts from the region.

A fusion of modern art and Emirati heritage, the exhibits are now on display to the public.