Afra Al Dhaheri
November 4 - 30, 2016
Opening Reception Friday, November 4, 6-9 pm
Curator: Ting Liu
T+H Gallery is pleased to announce Inevitable Ephemera, a solo exhibition of recent and new work by Afra Al Dhaheri, comprised of paintings, works on paper, prints, and mixed-media sculptures, utilizing a multitude of organic and inorganic materials. This is her first show in Boston, on view at 460 Harrison Ave, C19 & C20.
Inevitable Ephemera is a multi-disciplinary exhibition exploring our rapidly developing world, where change and growth are unavoidable. Growing up in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Afra witnessed an epic example of contemporary urban development. She sources inspiration from having lived in a conflicting reality, surrounded by ceaseless construction and hyper-capitalism, whilst simultaneously inhabiting the simplicity of her heritage. Due to the city’s exponential expansion, she had to frequently move homes and schools. It was the rituals of Afra’s heritage that acted as constant. This struggle with time and adaptation is reflected in her ever-changing studio practice, where she expresses these phenomena through varied media and processes.
Repetition is another form of ritual for Afra. In Inevitable Ephemera, several works are recreated in various mediums. Through this meditative exercise, the artist and viewer can fully experience the object and bodies of work. The intentional deliberation of repetition serves as a remedy for the fast-paced energy of continuous development haunting our and Afra’s world - effectively allowing her to slow-down and re-sensitize.
When colossal change is inevitable, adaptation becomes necessity. However, the strong bond between artist and land cannot be lost in this transformation. Afra copes with rapid urban expansion and its implications – on the environment and her cultural identity - through her work, by reflecting on this experience with an emphasis on material and process.
Afra Al Dhaheri received a BA in Graphic Design from Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, in 2011. In 2014 she completed the prestigious Sheikha Salama Emerging Artist Fellowship in collaboration with RISD. She is currently completing a MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. Afra’s work is shown nationally and internationally.