ONLINE PROGRAM

Warehouse421 is bringing parts of its public programs online. On this page, you can listen to past talks and new conversations, take part in tutorials, and follow along with curators and artists as they discuss exhibitions and process.

 

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Exhibitions - As We Gaze Upon her

Exhibitions

As We Gaze Upon her

16 October 2021 - 23 January 2022
10:00 - 20:00

Curated by Banat Collective. 

 

As We Gaze Upon Her comes at the end of the pilot version of Warehouse421’s Curatorial Development Exhibition program, in partnership with the Bombay Institute of Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). The exhibition attempts to expand the notion of ‘woman’, often constrained by social, cultural, and existential insecurities. 

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Exhibitions - So Different, So Appealing

Exhibitions

So Different, So Appealing

16 October 2021 - 23 January 2022
10:00 - 20:00

Curated by Murtaza Vali

 

So Different, So Appealing examines the aesthetics, rhetorics, and rituals of the real estate industry, unpacking the strategies through which it conjures up its many seductions, aspirations, and desires. The included works use humor, parody, appropriation, and mimesis, uncovering the perverse logic of marketing speak by highlighting its banality or pushing it to the point of absurdity. Neoliberal real estate is, by definition, transnational, and works in So Different, So Appealing also track its offshore networks. As tools for attracting foreign investment, high end real estate developments frequently market themselves abroad, projecting their aspirational projections across and beyond borders. And migrant workers remit these emergent aesthetics and aspirations alongside their hard-earned wages, displacing the hegemony of older local architectural styles back home. 

 

 

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Films - Film: Fire Walk with Her: The Girls Who Burned The Night / How My Grandmother Became A Chair / Adam

Films

Film: Fire Walk with Her: The Girls Who Burned The Night / How My Grandmother Became A Chair / Adam

20 October 2021
19:30 - 21:30

Cinema Akil presents Fire Walk With Her, a lineup of contemporary Arab films to be screened outdoors.

Watch "How My Grandmother Became A Chair" by Nicolas Fattouh, "Adam" by Mariam Touzani, and "The Girls Who Burned The Night".

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Workshops - Tablescaping:  A Workshop Through the Narration of a Story

Workshops

Tablescaping: A Workshop Through the Narration of a Story

In this Tablescaping workshop, Anoud will take you on a two and a half hour journey through creating a tablescape fit for an opening night. Inspired by Warehouse421 and Mina Zayed, participants will use elements from the surrounding area and space itself to create tables that tell stories about art and design.

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Talks - Walid Sadek: Thinking, Making, Writing: Contemporary Art in Catastrophe

Talks

Walid Sadek: Thinking, Making, Writing: Contemporary Art in Catastrophe

26 October 2021
18:00 - 20:00

Walid Sadek: Thinking, Making, Writing: Contemporary Art in Catastrophe

https://youtu.be/JDwc_s00EHs

 

The artist and writer Walid Sadek has been demanding we ‘labour the missing’ in his prose and artistic practice, confronting the regnant ideology of our contemporary -- melancholia, nostalgia -- through a careful critique of waiting for those who disappeared during Lebanon’s protracted civil war to return before politics can get started again. Sadek perceives the present as always-already holed, rendering the contemporary longing for a future (saved or damned, full or empty) meaningless. He proposes a way to

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Talks - How To Love Many In Many Ways

Talks

How To Love Many In Many Ways

30 October 2021
19:00 - 21:00

Departing from the desire to find different ways in which we can connect with one another, How To Love Many In Many Ways was born while experiencing different moments of on-again-and-off-again home confinement. This affected the structure of the project, as we started to look deeper into the notions of mutual care and ‘love’ in the expanded sense of the word. What, for instance, could love beyond romantic or familial relations mean? What would love beyond friendships look like? And how does love to non-human beings manifest?

 

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Book Readings - Khayal with Early Starters

Book Readings

Khayal with Early Starters

30 October 2021
10:00 - 11:00

 Khayal: Community storytime. Encourage your children to read for fun  through an engaging story time and craft with local bookstore, Early Starters.

Storytime can be enjoyed by the whole family! The session will start out with an interactive reading followed by a related and themed craft.

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Talks - Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Sound and Nothing More: Scoring the Contemporary 

Talks

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Sound and Nothing More: Scoring the Contemporary 

2 November 2021
18:00 - 20:00

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Sound and Nothing More: Scoring the Contemporary 

https://youtu.be/DV3W2gDzxA8

 

What does catastrophe sound like? Can we hear the past in the present? What might it mean to score the contemporary as future perfect? 

The artist and forensic investigator Lawrence Abu Hamdan has been researching and exhibiting the distinct capacity of sound to articulate presence and absence at once. 

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Talks - The Body and its Myths

Talks

The Body and its Myths

3 November 2021
19:00 - 20:00

Moderated by Nadine Khalil

Drawing from the notions of the unconstrained body in the exhibition "As We Gaze Upon Her" by Banat Collective, this panel discussion with exhibiting artists Sharifa Horaiz, Alymamah Rashid, Shamiran Istifan and Sara Brahim will engage with various modes of embodiment in material. Reimagining bodily forms in sculpture, textile, water and wax, these artists interrogate the feminine and the masculine, mythology and monstrosity.

 

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Workshops - Reimagining Wall Practices

Workshops

Reimagining Wall Practices

5 November 2021 - 6 November 2021
10:00 - 14:00

This two-part experimental workshop is an invitation to explore image and surface making through gestures stemming from mural techniques.

Participants will investigate wall practices (frescoes, decorative painting, modern white walls) and wall-making gestures (laying mortar, priming, printing, stenciling, sanding, polishing).

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Workshops - Crystal-Making Workshop

Workshops

Crystal-Making Workshop

6 November 2021
14:00 - 15:00

This workshop will introduce participants to the natural process in which salt crystalizes in Sabkha. Through a step-by-step tutorial, participants will also learn how to produce their own micro salt crystal forms. 

For ages 6 to 12.

 

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Special Events - A Special Convening:

Special Events

A Special Convening: "Wetland"

6 November 2021
13:00 - 16:00

The National Pavilion UAE – La Biennale di Venezia and its exhibition “Wetland”, curated by Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto, was awarded the Golden Lion Award for best National Participation at La Biennale Architettura 2021. The Golden Lion award is the Biennale’s top honor.

 

1 PM: Prototyping Salt as a Building Material Talk

2 PM: The Anatomy of Sabkhas Talk

2 PM: Crystal Making Workshop

3 PM: Sabkhas and Food Security Talk

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Talks - Raqs Media Collective: Catastrophic Anesthesia: Immunities and the Promise of Community

Talks

Raqs Media Collective: Catastrophic Anesthesia: Immunities and the Promise of Community

9 November 2021
18:00 - 20:00

Raqs Media Collective: Catastrophic Anesthesia: Immunities and the Promise of Community 

https://youtu.be/d4_yImiSCw8

 

Raqs Media Collective turn against soothsaying by conceptualizing the infinite, the impossible as necessarily present, not as that which awaits us in some determinate, post-apocalyptic future  (The Necessity of Infinity, 2017). Raqs work on the contemporary as always-already pathological, the apocalypse as having happened, and toxicity as the structure of the present that begs dismantling (Toxicity, current).

 

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Workshops - Dukhoon-Making

Workshops

Dukhoon-Making

16 November 2021 - 17 November 2021
17:00 - 18:30

The overall aim of Noura Alserkal's workshop is to delve into the world of scents. Dukhoon is a form of bakhoor made with a traditional blend of perfume-soaked wood chips mixed with various combinations of botanical ingredients for a series of uniquely luxurious fragrances. The project will provide participants with an opportunity to illustrate stories in a sensual context and have the story come to life through scent. The students will be introduced to the world of Dukhoon making, an old UAE tradition.

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Films - Film: Fire Walk with Her: Certified Mail and Bint Werdan

Films

Film: Fire Walk with Her: Certified Mail and Bint Werdan

17 November 2021
19:30 - 21:30

Cinema Akil presents Fire Walk With Her, a lineup of contemporary Arab films to be screened outdoors.

Watch "Certified Mail" by Hisham Saqer and "Bint Werdan" by Maysaa Almumim.

 

 

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Talks - Pallavi Paul: The Heart of the Heart

Talks

Pallavi Paul: The Heart of the Heart

23 November 2021
18:00 - 20:00

Pallavi Paul: The Heart of the Heart

https://youtu.be/cVMWNRsUt_4

 

The questions of 'truth' and 'veracity' structure Pallavi Paul's practice. Her work stages the interventionist potential of the ‘record’ as an aesthetic question. The documentary does not appear as a simple image category, but as an ecology of materials, networks, global alliances, and systems of public thought. To assess the power of these forms, she will present a discussion around her film works that deal with the tension between countenancing the world—working with the complex transference between sensation, history, memory, and reality—and representing the world, which often presumes a positivist capture of everyday life. 

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Book Readings - Khayal with Early Starters

Book Readings

Khayal with Early Starters

27 November 2021
10:00 - 11:00

 Khayal: Community storytime. Encourage your children to read for fun  through an engaging story time and craft with local bookstore, Early Starters.

Storytime can be enjoyed by the whole family! The session will start out with an interactive reading followed by a related and themed craft.

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Workshops - Pointed Pen Calligraphy

Workshops

Pointed Pen Calligraphy

30 November 2021 - 1 December 2021
17:30 - 20:30

This workshop would be for beginners wanting to learn pointed pen (English) calligraphy. Students would learn about the tools, how to handle them, the basic foundational structure of letterforms, how to write the alphabet in upper and lower case, alternate letterforms for adding variety, how to connect letters, and an introduction to basic flourishing and layout design. We will also cover how to best practice at home and how to evaluate your own work.

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Short Courses - Writing the Exhibition Review

Short Courses

Writing the Exhibition Review

30 November 2021 - 8 December 2021
18:00 - 20:00

Writing the Exhibition Review is a course that peels away the layers of the piece of writing we commonly refer to as a ‘review.’ Although liberally used, it is a slippery term, indexing varying reader expectations, presenting a cascade of challenges for writers. How critical should it be? How informative? What value does the artist or curator profile add? Is there any room for institutional critique?

 

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Talks - Where is the Gaze?

Talks

Where is the Gaze?

5 December 2021
19:00 - 20:00

Moderated by Nadine Khalil

This panel discussion with Augustine Paredes, Amina Yahya, Umber Majeed and Evar Husseyni will look at notions of the female and male gaze in relation to orientation, desire, architecture and pictorial space. As the artists navigate different spaces (private/public, personal/collective, familial/archival), visual narratives emerge that challenge dominant tropes and perspectives.

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Talks - Rohini Devasher: Contemporary Art between Nature and Culture

Talks

Rohini Devasher: Contemporary Art between Nature and Culture

7 December 2021
18:00 - 20:00

Rohini Devasher: Contemporary Art between Nature and Culture

https://youtu.be/Czdun_lRRGs

 

The artist and amateur astronomer Rohini Devasher has chased solar eclipses -- literal dialectics of negative and positive. She has worked with a community of amateur astronomers in India, building a chronicle of these people whose lives have been transformed by the night sky. Most recently she spent 26 days on board the High Trust an oil tanker which spanned the Pacific Ocean. This journey reinforced the role of ‘observation’, and the ‘field’ or ‘site’ in her practice. Her films, prints, sounds, drawings, and mappings of the antagonism of time and space walk the fine line between wonder and the uncanny, foregrounding the 'strangeness' of encountering, observing and recording both environment and experience.

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Films - Film: Fire Walk with Her: Al Sit  and Lift Like A Girl

Films

Film: Fire Walk with Her: Al Sit and Lift Like A Girl

15 December 2021
19:30 - 21:30

Cinema Akil presents Fire Walk With Her, a lineup of contemporary Arab films to be screened outdoors.

Watch "Al Sit" by Suzannah Mirghani and "Lift Like a Girl" by Mayye Zayed.

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Workshops - Shoe-Making Workshop

Workshops

Shoe-Making Workshop

17 December 2021
18:00 - 20:00

In this workshop participants will learn the process of making a pair of shoes from scratch. They will use different materials such as foam, fabric and different threads and hand sewing techniques in the process, such as ladder and blanket stitching, as well as paint their own shoes in the geometric pattern already engraved on the fabric, creating a fun and colorful design.

 

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Workshops - Cheeseboard Resin Workshop

Workshops

Cheeseboard Resin Workshop

18 December 2021
16:00 - 19:00

Find an introduction to resin art at this workshop and bring home a hand-made resin cheeseboard. 

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Book Readings - Khayal with Early Starters

Book Readings

Khayal with Early Starters

26 December 2021
10:00 - 11:00

 Khayal: Community storytime. Encourage your children to read for fun  through an engaging story time and craft with local bookstore, Early Starters.

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Workshops - Gulf Photo Plus Winter Camp: Engaging with Photography

Workshops

Gulf Photo Plus Winter Camp: Engaging with Photography

The workshops focus on both photography as a practice and as a medium, teaching students the endless possibilities that come with photography.

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Talks - Exhibition Critique: As We Gaze Upon Her

Talks

Exhibition Critique: As We Gaze Upon Her

12 January 2022
19:00 - 20:00

Moderated by Nadine Khalil

As the culmination for the Curatorial Development Exhibition Programme, we invite you to join us for an online discussion and critique of the exhibition As We Gaze Upon Her.

This event is part of the public program put together by Nadine Khalil for the exhibition As We Gaze Upon Her.

 

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