Mohamed Abla's 'The Silk Road' at Tabari Artspace, Dubai

BLOUIN ARTINFO , July 24, 2018

Tabari Artspace presents Mohamed Abla’s "The Silk Road” at the gallery’s Dubai venue to mark the relaunch of the gallery space.

The exhibition includes a selection of abstract artworks which synthesise calligraphy, collage and traditional Middle Eastern techniques which explore folktales from North Africa, the Levant, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Abla cuts shapes from the variously dyed papers. These are then arranged into compositions resembling animals, heroes, princesses and other folktale figures and imagined scenes. All of these are derived from the ancient Silk Road network, which was operational from around 120 BCE to 1450s CE.