Video of Iskandar at thejamjar gallery

Courtesy of thejamjar. Video by Eyzell Salinel.

Iskandar, 2017 is a large-scale painting cycle produced at thejamjar gallery that sets the story of Alexander the Great in the contemporary Middle East. Through corresponding geographic locations, archeological sites and events, this work establishes a series of parallels between the historical legend of Iskandar and the unfolding events in the region post 9/11 to the present day- questioning the ideas of empire, occupation and religious fervor compounded by the quest for self-realization and utopian civilization.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPUY_fLTEA...

Nimrud at Zayed University

Zayed University

College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Abu Dhabi, UAE 

Opening May 16, 2017

Nimrud is a large-scale hand painted rendering of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq, which was severely damaged and looted by extremists in 2015. The work is a composite of images, archeological drawings and video stills of the site itself in various conditions - from colonial excavation to destruction- as well the portions of the archeological site located in museums around the world, including the National Museum of Iraq, the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum.

This mural resonates with the United Arab Emirates' commitment to cultivate in their young people and society at large respect for diversity, ideological openness, and acceptance of others’ viewpoints- whether of civilizations past, present, or those to come. Nimrud aspires to create interest and dialog about the value of diversity, inclusion and stewardship of art and cultural heritage, including archeological objects and sites in the region. 

This mural is created with classical egg tempera paint prepared by hand, a painting technique and application that offers a contemporary approach to a traditional medium.

Source: http://www.zu.ac.ae/main/en/colleges/colle...

Iskandar at thejamjar gallery

thejamjar gallery

May 9 - July 30, 2017

Alserkal Avenue, Unit H74, Dubai, UAE

Sunday - Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 2-8pm

Iskandar is a large scale painting cycle that sets the story of Iskandar (Alexander the Great) in a contemporary Middle East. Through corresponding geographic locations, archeological sites, events and individuals, Iskandar establishes a series of parallels between the historical legend and unfolding events in the region post 9/11 to the present day.

Shadowing the narrative structure and geographic route of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC, Iskandar explores a non-linear composite reality set in the 21st century, questioning the ideas of empire, occupation and religious fervor, compounded by the quest for self-realization and utopian civilisation.

This work is created with classical egg tempera paint prepared by hand. An application that offers a contemporary approach to a traditional medium, associating this artistic lineage with the narrative strategies of today.

Source: http://www.thejamjardubai.com/whats-on-at-...

Exhibition at SPACE GALLERY

On View - May 26 - July 11, 2015

We Are Staying, in the SPACE annex is a graphic rendering of an urban environment in Syria. It is a composite of images, video stills, recollections and descriptions of Aleppo, Saraqib, Hama, Homs, Damascus and Daraa taken from conventional and social media sources over the last three years. Here, disparate geographies and unorganized moments in time overlay each other, reflecting both a fragmented understanding of these accounts, and the conscious and unconscious attempts to recompose a potential reality.