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  • In 2003, at a time when the UAE art scene was still nascent, Tabari Artspace art gallery was founded by Maliha Tabari in Dubai. With a twofold aim of preserving histories of craft emerging from the MENA region, while elevating young artists in the Gulf on a global stage, Tabari Artspace’s forward-looking vision situates itself in the contemporary art world’s dynamic moment. Tabari, who was trained as an artist herself, has re-envisioned the art gallery since 2017 to bridge the storied past with an ever-changing present, with a program that juxtaposes the breadth of Arab heritage with the promise emerging artists hold for the future.
     
    The foundations for this international outlook began with the realization that artists from the Arab regionwere noticeably absent in the West. Tabari’s approach was to represent artists who were creating unique visual vocabularies in their medium and particular contexts. In Egypt, this included the late Adam Henein in sculpture and Omar El-Nagdi in abstract expressionism. In Lebanon, she worked with Hussein Madi before he became hailed for his talent of melding Cubism with Islamic abstraction. Tabari has also launched the careers of artists such as Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater, Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri, Syrian artist Louay Kayyali, and Egyptian artists Mohamed Abla and Adel Siwi, before they became influential. By bridging mid-career artists with emerging talent, Tabari Artspace has succeeded in building an international collector base interested in the regions evolving artistic production across generations.
     
    Moving fluidly between a platform for exhibition-making and artist mentorship, Tabari Artspace has taken an in-depth focus on GCC-specific, female-centered narratives, increasingly working with Kuwaiti, Emirati and Saudi artists such as Alymamah Rashed, Maitha Abdalla, Al Maha Jarallah and Lulwah Al Homoud. Tabari Artspace’s communal spirit extends to its all-women team, which nurtures and elevates artists who are overlooked at home, placing them in a broader historical context.
     
    Now in its second decade of operation, the artists shown at Tabari Artspace offer a living visual archive of social change, contested borders and aesthetic movements in the region at large. Grounded in the cosmopolitan city of Dubai with a branch in Cromwell Place in London since 2015, the art gallery lends visibility to its artists through international shows and residencies, as well as creative collaborations with other spaces. In line with its research-driven approach of enabling artists to grow, Tabari Artspace also functions as an incubator. It has recently partnered with the revamped boutique hotel La Serena in Forte Dei Marmi, launching an artist residency that serves as part-creative sanctuary, part-maker’s studio. Located near neighboring marble and stone foundries, this art space offers sites of material exploration that resonate with the art gallery’s emphasis on contemporary craft.
     
    Constantly embracing new discourses and amplifying the voices of women and youth, Tabari Artspace is committed to documenting and showcasing art practices in MENA, positioning them on a par with those on the international art scene. Its roster of artists have been exhibited in institutions and biennials including but not limited to: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Institut du Monde Arabe, Sharjah Art Museum, Venice Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, São Paulo Biennial, and are part of collections such as the Barjeel Art Foundation, British Musuem, Dalloul Art Foundation, The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Lyon Biennale, The Khalid Shoman Collection, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and Yale University Art Gallery.
     
     
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    Art gallery DUBAI

    The Gate Village, Bldg. 3,

    Level 2 DIFC UAE 506759

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Monday - Friday 10.00 - 18,00 

     

    Press: Laura@Tabariartspace.com

    Sales: Harriet@Tabariartspace.com

    General: Gallery@Tabariartspace.com

    t. +971 4 323 0820

     

    LONDON

    4 CROMWELL PLACE

    London

    SW7 2JE

    United Kingdom

    General: Gallery@Tabariartspace.com

     


     

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