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Art from India and Pak finds a meeting ground at Dubai fair

DUBAI: At Dubai's recent international artwork truthful, Pakistani sculptor Muzzumil Ruheel confirmed a work he had named 'People Call Me Confusion'. The paintings explored the gap folks often in finding themselves in, between divergent alternatives and emotions. "It is an expression of my conversations with that transient space and time, and those questions that remain unanswered in our day-to-day lives," he says.

In some ways, Ruheel's annual rendezvous together with his Indian counterparts in Dubai all through its artwork week in March is much like these transients. It used to be right here that he first attached with Tarq, the Mumbai gallery he recently works with. "We would come down, have meetings here and fly back to our respective countries the same day. Dubai is our stayover, a place where we can truly express how we as citizens of these two nationalities perceive each other."

Art Dubai and Sharjah Biennial mark the yearly artwork season in Dubai and Sharjah, bustling with exhibitions, artist talks, collector meets and networking occasions. Over the years, it has additionally metamorphosed right into a neutral house for collaborations. The ongoing Sharjah Biennial options works via Indian artists Rohini Devasher and Nalini Malani along the ones of Pakistani artist Anwar Jalal Shemza, and London-based multimedia artist of Indian-Pakistani starting place Shezad Dawood. Dawood used to be recently awarded via the Sharjah Art Foundation for his latest VR (virtual fact) paintings titled 'Encroachments', prompting Mumbai gallery Jhaveri Contemporary to pick it as much as be showcased at the Art Dubai truthful.

Amrita Jhaveri, some of the gallery's founders says, "Shezad conceived this project last year, before all the conflict (post Pulwama) broke out ... A gallery has to show a broad spectrum, and we focus on talking about the work rather than where the artists come from." However, she adds, "it's true that if an Indian and Pakistani gallery want to share space, they have to do it in Dubai."

The writer used to be travelling on invitation from Art Dubai.

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