Abu Dhabi Art Showcases Beyond Emerging Artists in Venice from 16 April

Abu Dhabi Art Showcases Beyond Emerging Artists In Venice From 16 April

Explore the vibrant world of Abu Dhabi Art’s Beyond Emerging Artists at the Venice Biennale.

Abu Dhabi Art has made waves in the global art scene once again with its announcement that the program’s Beyond Emerging Artists will be prominently featured during this year’s Venice Biennale. This prestigious event will see the works of three remarkable artists—Almaha Jaralla, Samo Shalaby, and Latifa Saeed—gracing the walls of Marignana Arte gallery in Venice from April 16th to May 15th. The exhibition aligns perfectly with the opening of the 60th edition of the Biennale, which has adopted the captivating theme of ‘Foreigners Everywhere‘ for this year’s showcase.

Embracing Global Recognition: Insights from the Artists

Samo Shalaby: Exploring Identity Through Art

Renowned artist Samo Shalaby expressed his profound excitement at the opportunity to exhibit his work on such a prestigious global platform. His latest installation, ‘What Lies Beneath’, initially unveiled at Abu Dhabi Art in November 2023, promises to captivate audiences with its fusion of personal narratives expressed through painting, installation, antiquity, and multimedia elements. Shalaby aims to create an immersive experience that invites viewers to delve into the complexities of identity and perception. His participation underscores the significance of platforms like the Venice Biennale in elevating diverse voices and fostering dialogue on a global scale.

Latifa Saeed: Bridging Nature and Innovation

Latifa Saeed, another talented emerging artist, sees the Venice Biennale as an unparalleled opportunity to weave her narrative into the rich tapestry of global culture. Through her artwork, titled ‘Dust Devils’, Saeed aims to offer viewers a reflection of her region’s essence, showcasing a dissection of a natural phenomenon observed in the Gulf desert landscape. Her experimental artworks evoke a sense of wonder and contemplation, inviting audiences to explore nature’s intricate harmony of the four elements: air, fire, water, and earth. Saeed’s participation underscores the vital role of such platforms in fostering growth and dialogue for emerging artists.

Almaha Jaralla: Reflecting on Architectural Heritage

For Almaha Jaralla, showcasing her exhibition ‘Crude Memory’ in Venice holds profound significance. Drawing on the history of pearl trading between the Middle East and Europe, particularly Venice, Jaralla reflects on the architectural remains of her region’s past amidst rapid urban transformation. Her exhibition prompts intriguing conversations about the architectural contexts of both Abu Dhabi and Venice, highlighting the enduring relevance of historical legacies in contemporary art discourse.

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Beyond Emerging Artists Programme: Nurturing Talent and Innovation

Since 2017, Abu Dhabi Art’s Beyond Emerging Artists (BEA) programme has served as a vital platform for emerging artists in the UAE to develop their practice and pursue ambitious art projects. Under the mentorship of esteemed guest curators like Morad Montazami, participating artists engage in a year-long programme of workshops and studio visits, culminating in the showcasing of their works at the annual Art Fair in November at Manarat Al Saadiyat. The programme’s emphasis on mentorship and professional development reflects Abu Dhabi Art’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent and fostering a vibrant contemporary art scene.

Abu Dhabi Art’s Global Outreach

This marks Abu Dhabi Art’s second iteration in Venice, representing its fourth international presentation. By strategically timing the exhibition to coincide with La Biennale di Venezia, Abu Dhabi Art offers emerging artists a unique opportunity to exhibit their work on an international stage and engage with art professionals, collectors, and fellow artists. The initiative underscores Abu Dhabi Art’s dedication to expanding the reach of UAE-based artists and promoting cross-cultural dialogue on a global scale.

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Gratitude and Support

The artists express profound gratitude to Abu Dhabi Art’s leadership for their unwavering support of local and regional artists. Their vision plays a pivotal role in fostering a vibrant contemporary renaissance for the region, empowering emerging artists to thrive and excel on the global stage.


Abu Dhabi Art’s showcase of Beyond Emerging Artists at the Venice Biennale exemplifies the organization’s commitment to nurturing talent, fostering dialogue, and promoting cross-cultural exchange in the global art community. Through the visionary leadership of its curators and the creative brilliance of its participating artists, Abu Dhabi Art continues to make significant strides in positioning the UAE as a dynamic hub of artistic innovation and cultural diversity.

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