10 Hanover Street
10 Hanover Street
26 June – 10 July
Lawrie Shabibi is excited to announce “Structured Reality”, a group exhibition of six artists to be shown at 10 Hanover. This is Lawrie Shabibi’s first exhibition outside their gallery space in Dubai, and explores complex topics shaping the way we view the world today. In this post-internet age, the nature of information consumption has been rapidly transformed from the edited polish of print media to a tailored feed of disconnected news reports, advertising and clickbait. We have unfettered access to images without context 24/7 that blur the lines between reality and fiction. The layering of unconnected factoids and opinions transforms the complex real world into a series of simpler artificial constructs, so we look for things that confirm our beliefs, whether or not they may be true, and we find outlets increasingly willing to deliver those views. The delusion becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy – “fakeness” accepted as real. The response of artists has, consciously or unconsciously, become part of this new zeitgeist. Their ideas and practices have developed either through sourcing material from cyberspace, questioning morality or amorality or looking at historical events through different lenses. “Scripted Reality” looks at how technology and the Internet has transformed ways of looking and understanding the world around us – and how artists have responded to this.
The exhibition includes the work of Adel Abidin, Farhad Ahrarnia, Ayman Baalbaki, Mounir Fatmi, Nadia Kaabi-Linke and Yazan Khalili.
Lawrie Shabibi is a contemporary art gallery housed in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue. The gallery supports the long-term development of the careers of young international contemporary artists with a focus on those from the Middle East and North Africa. The gallery also organizes art historical exhibitions working with an older generation of artists from the region. Liaising with curators, institutions, museums and collectors the gallery has successfully introduced international artists to the region whilst at the same time presented Middle Eastern artists to the international contemporary arts community. By holding a regular programme of exhibitions, screenings and talks, publishing catalogues and participating in international art fairs, Lawrie Shabibi has since 2011, been a forerunner in the development of the contemporary art scene in Dubai.