Guggenheim Abu Dhabi introduces new virtual events programme

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi has rolled out a new virtual programme for the autumn season, entitled ‘Waiting for the Future’.

Running until November 24, the programme offers three engaging virtual events that give the audience new insight into the creative practice of internationally acclaimed artists.

Waiting for the Future focuses on the work of multidisciplinary artist Mariko Mori, visual artist Y.Z. Kami, and performance artists Selma and Sofiane Ouissi, exploring how these artists employ the ‘spiritual’ in their practice and the ways in which their work conveys notions of oneness and transcendence.

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Created as a response to the profound and irrevocable changes in the world, the programme’s virtual sessions aim to provide audiences with an opportunity for human connection and restorative reflection.

“Waiting for the Future is a unique programme that offers moments of reflection, connection and togetherness during a time of change and uncertainty,” explained senior project manager, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Maisa Al Qassimi. “We encourage audiences to contemplate the ways in which these artists express their ideas about the future through visual art, dance, and film. These sessions are a valuable addition to our public programming offering, which aims to both introduce engaging and poetic art from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi permanent collection to the public. Anyone with an interest in the arts will certainly enjoy and benefit from what are sure to be inspiring conversations and performances.”

The series kicked off on October 13 with a conversation between Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection artist Mariko Mori and director of curatorial affairs, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Alexandra Munroe, among others. During the virtual live session, the artist elaborated on her artistic practice, transcendental narratives and aesthetics, and creative role as a scriptwriter, director, producer and performer.

On October 20 at 19:00 (GST), Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Curator, Sasha Kalter-Wasserman, will host Y.Z. Kami to discuss ‘Endless Prayers XIII’ (2008), a permanent collection work previously featured in Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s ‘Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection’ (2014) exhibition. Kami will talk about his artistic approach and the multi-layered references to sacred text, religious architecture and Sufism which are inherent in his work.

Finally, on November 24 at 19:00 (GST), the programme concludes with an online performance presented by Selma and Sofiane Ouissi, which showcases a representation of humanity. The performance interrogates our notions about identity, community, and society building, and brings together artists who share their responses to the narrator from locales across the world.