The opening night of FAKiE#3 in Dubai, a month-long skateboard Dexhibition, held under the kind patronage of H.H. Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum at FN Designs, turned out to be a fun affair attracting a large number of young art enthusiasts.
On display were works of 21 locally-based artists including that of H.H. Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum. Using new or broken skate decks as their canvas, the artists had created truly novel exhibits that evoked both curiosity and admiration from the attendees.
H.H. Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, founder and director of FN Designs, stated, "Art for us has no boundaries. We do it because we love it. Therefore we accept all art forms. FAKiE#3 is unusual in many ways and portrays the unexpected. It is truly interesting to see how each artist has experimented and expressed his or her ideas on a skateboard and it leads to a fundamental question 'What inspired each one?' By transposing a skateboard into a canvas, an artist's experience goes well beyond the 'everyday' and contributes to understanding surrealist sensibilities. Intense in detail, it haunts our imagination beyond a few moments".
Great art, music, people and food all combined to make a lovely evening. The pictures pouring in from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds say it all clearly showing the good time people were having. As the guests mingled around enjoying the awesome atmosphere, there was plenty of creativity on show by the chefs of Coral Deira - Dubai too who served up delightful selection of street bites in keeping with the theme of the exhibition.
In attendance was Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO, HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings who commented, "Art for us at HMH has a name called passion. We have passionately promoted art from the day we came into being and feel truly privileged to support this unique exhibition, and are grateful to FN Designs for having given us the opportunity to do so. Art is about feelings, it is not only about the talent. We believe art is everywhere, you just have to feel it. And FAKiE#3 is an intriguing show that engages the senses with its diversity of expressions. Above all it provides viewers a chance to broaden horizons and learn something new".
The participating artists too seemed to enjoy every moment. Coming from diverse nationalities and cultures, they have all expressed themselves differently.
Iranian artist Nazli Maleki, who has been living in the UAE for the last seven years and holds a bachelor's degree in art, has named her work 'Yin & Yang'. Explaining the idea behind the painting, she said, "Every human has two sides, one that is bright and the other that is dark. We have to accept it and train the dark side in order to live a balanced life".
On the other hand, Emirati Artist Humaid Mansoor has done an abstract painting calling it 'The Path Unchosen'. Through it, he wants to convey that "Life is a journey and no journey is perfect. Every journey has its ups and downs, and every experience within that journey carries with it the good and the bad. No matter what the journey throws at us as individuals, what remains untouched is our individual experience. That experience is perfection."
Syrian Artist Sema Orouk, who is an architect by profession has created something totally unique and calls it 'Reformed'. Elaborating on the idea behind, she said, "This work is not about the suppression of the skateboard, or the negation of what the skateboard is made for, but it is about obscuring a certain object in order to create a different relationship between the viewer and the object. The process in which this piece was made is a subtractive and additive one. It examines the possibility of destructing an object and reconstructing it to create a different object, yet keeping remnants of what it used to be."
Liz Ramos-Prado who is a graphic designer and belongs to Peru, has produced 'Deep III'. She said, "My work always goes around the exploration of the female identity and the emotions. Women struggling with the failures and success of their own femininity and all what it embodies. And this is precisely what I wish to communicate through 'Deep III'. It is a young and modern woman, alone surrounded by this ethereal space in which darkness and light give a dramatic appearance to her face. Looking at her spectators, showing strength and power, facing the confronting viewer despite her fragile figure."
Another Syrian artist, Deama Hatahet calls her work 'Giraffe in a Box' that's been inspired from nature. She said, "My piece is an expression of human identity in relation to freedom. Even though the giraffe may seem to be in its natural habitat - having a branch extending as a spine from its body - the branch stays dead until it leaves the giraffe's body. Such a thought applies to people who believe in freedom; we have become so concentrated on building machines and creating technology that would assist us in becoming more 'free', that we have been sucked in and trapped in this make-believe world which we think owns the key to freedom, we are enclosed in a box."
First held in 2010 with a reoccurrence in 2012, FAKiE#3 will run until Friday, February 28 at FN Designs and is open to public. The opening night was supported by HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings, Coral Deira - Dubai, Jeremy Amalric (Flowevents), Rage, Dubai World Trade Center and MPJ - Marketing Pro-Junction.
H.H. Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, Azim Al Ghussein, Bahar Al Bahar, Bhuvana Iyengar, Deama Hatahet, Gian Juan, Hamdan Al Shamsi, Humaid Mansoor, Joseph Manata, Kathryn Wilson, Liz Ramos, Mark Barretto, Maryam Alzaabi, Mohammed Hindash, Nazli Maleki, Rashid Al Mulla, Saeed Khalifa, Sema Orouk, Stefan Messam, Vanessa Abellera and Ven Manayan
All decks are for sale.
The Exhibition will run until Friday, February 28, 2014 and is open to public