Dia Azzawi: My Broken Dream


8 November 2016 – 10 January 2017

Sponsored by Emirates Investment Bank 

Vernissage: November 16th 2016, 7-9pm 


This November Meem Gallery, in association with Emirates Investment Bank, exhibits a monumental work by acclaimed Iraqi artist, Dia Azzawi. My Broken Dream is a truly colossal work, measuring over four meters in height, and ten in length. This monochromatic work dominates and devours both viewer and space, demanding a quiet and contemplative reflection.

My Broken Dream has taken over two years to complete, and was made alongside Five Children Playing Football, currently on view as part of Azzawi’s retrospective at Al Riwaq and Mathaf, Qatar Museums; I Am the Cry, Who Will Give Voice to Me? As part of a series of black and white, large -scale works, My Broken Dream acts as a manifesto of sorts; a reaction against and commentary upon the US invasion of Iraq.

Azzawi’s more recent work is known for its vivid use of colour, abstraction and dynamic nature – leaving the visually and conceptually darker works of the 1960’s and 70’s behind. In My Broken Dream, we see a confluence as geopolitics and suffering are at the forefront of Azzawi’s practice, converging with his contemporary abstracted style to create something reflective on time past.

Meem Gallery is pleased to announce this exhibition in collaboration with Emirates Investment Bank, a local private bank. Emirates Investment Bank is a dedicated patron of the cultural community, especially in regards to the visual arts. Their exceptional in house art collection features works by Dia Azzawi, Hassan Sharif, Walid Siti and other important artists of the Arab World.


Khaled Sifri, CEO, Emirates Investment Bank:

“Emirates Investment Bank is a longstanding supporter of Arab art and artists, as we firmly believe that art is a vehicle to enrich our culture and maintain our strong Arab identity. Since the Bank was founded, we have remained deeply rooted in the preservation of culture as well as wealth. As one of the first artists to be part of the Emirates Investment Bank private art collection and whose work is proudly exhibited

in our offices, we are delighted to be able to continue our association with Dia Azzawi through this exhibition of My Broken Dream at Meem Gallery.” 

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Dia Azzawi: I am the cry, who will give voice to me? A Retrospective (from 1963 until tomorrow)


16 October, 2016 - 16 April, 2017

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and QM Gallery Al Riwaq, Qatar

Qatar Museums’ Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and QM Gallery Al Riwaq will present I am the cry, who will give voice to me? Dia Azzawi: A Retrospective (From 1963 until tomorrow), opening on October 16th 2016 in Doha, Qatar. This monumental exhibition comprises of over 350 works by Azzawi, from early modernist works created in his native Baghdad, to contemporary pieces created in his London studio. Over 50 years of art-making will be presented through works on paper, printmaking, artists books, paintings and sculpture.

Curated by the Centre Pompidou’s Deputy Director Catherine David, the exhibition was designed for two spaces, with two focuses that arise from a shared starting point. One side of the exhibition looks at Azzawi’s relationship with politics in Iraq and within the Arab World; whereas the second exhibition space considers the relationship between text and image throughout Azzawi’s oeuvre. 

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Sheikha Wafa bint Hasher Al Maktoum: Seamless Loop


26 September – 31 October 2016 

Vernissage: 6-9 pm September 26th, 2016


Meem Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Sheikha Wafa bint Hasher al Maktoum; entitled, Seamless Loop. This exhibition marks the artist’s second solo show in the Emirates; the first taking place at Bonhams Dubai in 2011. The artist has exhibited widely throughout the Middle East in group shows, prestigious prizes and through specialist commissions.

Seamless Loop explores themes of iconography, heritage and tradition. The 16-work strong exhibition is comprised of 8 textile pieces, and 8 screen prints. Sheikha Wafa bint Hasher al Makotum’s point of departure was to consider symbols she found endemic of the UAE, icons that symbolized the country. Selecting images of the falcon, the camel, the horse, the gazelle, the fish, the leopard, the fort and the palm, Sheikha Wafa bint Hasher Al Maktoum began experimenting with sketches and collages, playing with colour and texture. She began to work with the original images and reduce them to their most simple form, after which she began manipulating the symbols digitally, creating an almost kaleidoscopic design; conjuring thoughts of Islamic geometry.

Taking these designs, Sheikha Wafa bint Hasher Al Maktoum began to experiment with different media. Selecting screen print and textile based works for this project, her reasoning behind utilizing these mediums was the creative process as much as the overall aesthetic quality.

Both techiques are physically demanding in order to create, the physicality of making a silkscreen, or the long hours sitting on the floor of the embroidery rooms. This sense of process is most important and attractive to Sheikha Wafa bint Hasher al Maktoum, the final piece acting as a monument to the time and process of art-making. 



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Arab Print Vol II


Works by Dia Azzawi, Kamal Boullata, Marwan, Mohammed Omar Khalil and the late Rafa Nasriri come together in Arab Print Vol II to celebrate the medium of printmaking. These artists, considered to be Modern Arab masters in their own right, were largely responsible for the development of print-making in the Arab World, and the resurgence of interest among young artists from the region.a

Arab rint Vol II aims to highlight different forms of print-making, from etching to aquatint, lithograph to screen-prints. Within the works of Kamal Boullata and Mohammed Omar Khalil – the eye is drawn from sharp lines and graphic geometric design to monochromatic, tonal works in soft hues. Marwan’s masterful etchings bring to mind the early works of Durer, creating lustrous lines of the human form. Artists Dia Azzawi  and Rafa Nasiri delve into the world of the abstract and the icon, creating works that are now quintessentially Iraqi in style. 

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Zhivago Duncan: Never But Always


13 March – 10 May 2016 

Vernissage: 6-9 pm March 13th 2016

In Conversation: Zhivago Duncan and Arsalan Mohammed, 5pm, March 13th 2016

Meem Gallery presents a solo show of Berlin-based, Syrian-Danish artist Zhivago Duncan for our Spring 2016 exhibition, opening March 13th in the presence of the artist.

Zhivago Duncan is a multi-media artist who strives to challenge his artistic practice by testing his creative control. By diversifying his materials, he utilizes both traditional and non-traditional media, resulting in an oeuvre that includes large-scale site-specific installation, printmaking and photography, performance art, sculpture and painting.

In this new body of work, Duncan uses gold and linen, combining these materials with his technique of silkscreen to create a truly unique series of works. The combination of different materials itself is reflected in the subject matter, where Islamic geometry are super imposed with a guillotine in one piece, to Spiderman in the next.

Being a multi-media artist gives Duncan the freedom to let his innate intellectual curiosity guide his relationship with the world around him. Zhivago Duncan has exhibited with Contemporary Fine Arts berlin, The Saatchi Gallery London, Frederick Snitzer Gallery Miami, The Barjeel Foundation Sharjah, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany. He has works in the Saatchi Collection and the Perez art museum Miami. In 2012 Duncan received the XLVIII Premio internazional Le Muse, Florence.

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