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Abu Dhabi, UAE, 16 December 2018: Visitors gathered at Warehouse421 last night for the opening of the Mina Zayed-based creative hub’s first ever commissioned exhibition, ‘Architecture of Loneliness’. Co-curated by Warehouse421 and long-term collaborators Gulf Photo Plus, the exhibition gathers the work of four photographers to examine how feelings of solitude are shaped by city planning, governance, and architecture.

‘Architecture of Loneliness’ explores the UAE’s shifting urban landscapes through a series of 61 photographs, within five collections: ‘Substations’, ‘Abandoned’, ‘Consumption’, ‘Dubai Zoo’, and ‘Genius Loci’. The images capture abandoned spaces that once were centres of city life in the 20th century, development projects at various stages, and manifestations of the ideologies that motivate the growth and development of global cities.

The exhibition features work from Richard Allenby-Pratt, Lamya Gargash, Mohamed Somji and Sinisa Vlaijkovic. Three of the contributing artists were present at the launch event, which was also attended by Lola Boatwright, Managing Director of Gulf Photo Plus.

Faisal Al Hassan, Manager at Warehouse421, said: “The opening of our first commissioned exhibition represents an important milestone in Warehouse421’s ongoing evolution, and it’s wonderful to have so many people here tonight to experience it with us. We extend our gratitude to co-curators Gulf Photo Plus, who have been instrumental in the planning and development of the exhibition, and of course to the artists for their outstanding work. The themes selected have been carefully chosen for their relevance, and resonate with our core objectives of highlighting regional topics and supporting local creatives.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of an art book cataloguing the artists’ work, together with a collection of reflective essays and two poems, one of which was specially commissioned. ‘Architecture of Loneliness’ will be on display at Warehouse421 until Sunday 17 February, 2019.

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