Sensu Lato: Hashel Al Lamki

7th March - 31st May 2022
  • Hashel Al Lamki Hashel Al Lamki
    B. 1986
    Emirati painter and multi-disciplinary artist, Hashel Al Lamki’s art unpacks the relationship between humankind and their habitat, the wild and constructed. 

     

    Born in the shadow of the monumental Jebel Hafeet mountain in Al Ain, Al Lamki bore witness to the complex social and spatial dynamics that followed exponential development in the Gulf. Al Ain’s Bedouin culture and distinct social values, its archaeological sites and rugged terrain formed a stark contrast to the rapid industrial and architectural growth that Al Lamki observed in the neighbouring Emirates. 
     
  • Hashel Al Lamki’s approach follows Edward T. Hall’s suggestion that the relationship between man and the cultural dimension is dialogical and “one in which both man and his environment participate in moulding each other”. 

  • Hashel Al Lamki Sensu Latu Sensu Lato is a newly produced body of work that comprises several works on canvas...

    Hashel Al Lamki Sensu Latu 

     

    Sensu Lato is a newly produced body of work that comprises several works on canvas as well as mixed media pieces inspired by Al Lamki’s lifelong relationship with and ongoing research into the Jebel Hafeet Mountain in Al Ain, UAE. Translating from Latin to English, Sensu Lato means ‘in the broad sense' and in the context of Jebel Hafeet, it denotes the mountain’s connection to the parent range, the Al Hajar Mountains. The exhibition's title also refers to the broad and multifaceted bond that Al Lamki shares with Jebel Hafeet. 

     

    Born and raised in Al Ain, Al Lamki felt the presence of the mountain where ever he ventured in the city. Al Ain’s sandy-toned, low rise buildings reveal the face of the mountain from every angle making it a reference point for the surrounding community who used it to gauge the passing of time. Throughout the day sunlight filters between the mountain’s folds, altering the ambience and aesthetic absorbed by the city's inhabitants. The time between noon and twilight remains the most captivating for the artist, his time of tranquillity. Al Lamki captures this dream-like moment with a highly saturated, sensual palette.  In Sensu Lato Al Lamki approaches the mountain through multiple lenses - the ecological, the social, and the psychological. Over the years the position of the mountain has altered following tectonic shifts, it moves 5cm north year-upon-year, a process that the artist relates to shifts in human, animal and plant migration patterns to and from the mountain. Several of Al Lamki’s paintings meditate upon the shifts in the mountain’s biodiversity and fauna while other pieces consider the relationship between mankind and the mountain. 

     

    A preoccupation with the relationship between man and land echoes throughout Al Lamki’s practice. Here, he considers the shifting relationship between man and mountain over time and the materialisation of human imposition upon nature. The artist depicts the monumental four-wheel-drive vehicles synonymous with the region stationed on the new roads that wrap around the mountain. He shares glimpses into the material traces of the newly opened hotels and cafes that have been introduced to Jebel Hafeet, ushering in a new era of human connection to this space. In one work, the artist’s depiction of an aquarium found in a hotel lobby on Jebel Hafeet reveals contemplation on the curation of nature and the transformation of the natural world into commodities, culture and entertainment.

     

    Central to this work is the process. Transcending the notion of making work ‘on’ the landscape, Al Lamki works within the landscape, absorbing his materials and processes from the environment which surrounds him. In his youth was inspired by the craftwork and dying process of the local artisans from the Bedouin community that surrounded him in Al Ain. Al Lamki was particularly fascinated by their use of natural pigments, sourced from the surrounding land in order to establish natural colours to transform their craftwork. Al Lamki refuses the separation of man and nature, his practice underscores the dependency of mankind on natural resources and their subsequent responsibility for the environmental catastrophe that looms. His approach to art fuses social innovation, sustainability, environmental consciousness.

     

    Inspired by scientific methodologies and local artisanal processes, Al Lamki’s palette comprises freshly formed pigments derived from natural resources in the MENA region. Through this process of alchemy, Al Lamki articulates the fragility and scarcity of these elements as well as their immense natural powers. 

  • Sensu Lato, Chapter 2

    Sensu Lato

    Chapter 2

    Hashel Al Lamki | Sensu Lato

     

    The second iteration of Sensu Lato demonstrates preparatory works - experimentations in process and technique - that formed the foundations of the Sensu Lato series. Hashel Al Lamki's approach to art fuses social innovation, sustainability, environmental consciousness. Inspired by scientific methodologies and local artisanal processes, Al Lamki’s palette comprises freshly formed pigments derived from natural resources in the MENA region. Through this process of alchemy, Al Lamki articulates the fragility and scarcity of these elements as well as their immense natural powers.

     

     

    Jebel Hafeet Mountain

     

    Born in the shadow of the monumental Jebel Hafeet ( a UNESCO world heritage site) in Al Ain, Al Lamki bore witness to the complex social and spatial dynamics that followed exponential development in the Gulf. Al Ain’s Bedouin culture and distinct social values, its archaeological sites and rugged terrain formed a stark contrast to the rapid industrial and architectural growth that Al Lamki observed in the neighbouring Emirates. As such the Hafeet Mountain has informed Al Lamki’s output across several series. Rising to a height of 1,249 metres, Hafeet mountain is Abu Dhabi’s highest, and the UAE’s second tallest. Standing guard over Al Ain and the borders of Oman, this craggy limestone behemoth has been weathered over millennia. Significant fossil and archaeological discoveries made in the area date back to the Neolithic period and form vital pieces in the jigsaw that makes up the city’s ancient history.

    • Hashel Al Lamki, Eau De Cologne , 2022
      Hashel Al Lamki, Eau De Cologne , 2022
    • Hashel Al Lamki, Against all odds , 2021
      Hashel Al Lamki, Against all odds , 2021
      $ 15,000.00
    • Hashel Al Lamki, Benz , 2021
      Hashel Al Lamki, Benz , 2021
      $ 18,000.00
    • Hashel Al Lamki, Kamikaze, 2021
      Hashel Al Lamki, Kamikaze, 2021
      $ 18,000.00
    • Hashel Al Lamki, Lobster , 2022
      Hashel Al Lamki, Lobster , 2022
      $ 28,000.00
    • Hashel Al Lamki, Pendent , 2021
      Hashel Al Lamki, Pendent , 2021
      $ 18,000.00
    • Hashel Al Lamki, Dossier, 2021
      Hashel Al Lamki, Dossier, 2021
      $ 10,000.00