1980-Today: Exhibitions in the UAE

Edited by: Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, Karen Marta & Ismaeil Al Rifaai

Published for the Biennale Arte 2015, and edited by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, Karen Marta, and Ismaeil Al Rifaai, this publication highlights the 1980s — a groundbreaking decade for contemporary art in the United Arab Emirates, a radical moment when artists in the UAE explored experimental new formats, formed art collectives and founded journals. Rather than a transliteration, this radical reinvention of a traditional bilingual book focuses on translating the aesthetics of this important moment in the history of contemporary art. This 335 page book features essays by Hoor Al Qasimi, Hassan Sharif, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, and Dr. Najat Meky, and journals by Abdullah Al Saadi.


  • English & Arabic


  • 978-9948-18-191-0


  • Koening Books


  • Kemistry


  • Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi
  • Ebtisam Abdulaziz
  • Abdullah Al Saadi
  • Dr. Najat Meky
  • Hassan Sharif