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The Third Line is pleased to present Ancient Future, a group exhibition exploring notions of time. The strange events of this year have had a far- and wide-reaching impact on all lives on various levels and ensued the uneasy realization that being more connected with the rest of the world has also come to mean we are more interdependent on it. This exhibition delves into the concept of “unprecedented times” -a buzzword frequently thrown around in emails and news reports throughout this pandemic- by exploring the dichotomy between ancient and future.
The works in this exhibition illustrate the intimate perspective of each artist’s personal experience to investigate more universal ideas of documentation, globalization, and the cyclical nature of history, as well as issues concerning humankind’s interventions in its environment. These works traverse between fact and fiction, illustrating a desire to diminish the distance between the viewer and the environment. They also mark the construction, destruction, and reconstruction of each civilization and envision the future based on these semi-familiar foundations.
Exploring a narrative of recontextualized timelines and topographies, this group exhibition features artworks by Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Farah Al Qasimi, Fouad Elkoury, Hayv Kahraman, Huda Lutfi, Laleh Khorramian, Lamya Gargash, Sara Naim, Sophia Al-Maria, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Youssef Nabil, and Zineb Sedira.
The Third Line is a Dubai based art gallery that represents contemporary Middle Eastern artists locally, regionally and internationally. The Third Line also hosts non-profit, alternative programs to increase interest and dialogue in the region.
The Third Line’s book wing Works on Paper publishes books by associated artists from the region. Books published to date include Presence by photographer Lamya Gargash (2008), In Absentia by Tarek Al-Ghoussein (2009), Cosmic Geometry, an extensive monograph on Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Karen Marta (2011), and the self-titled treatise Huda Lutfi about the artist’s Cairo based practice.
Represented artists include: Abbas Akhavan, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Anuar Khalifi, Farah Al Qasimi, Farhad Moshiri, Fouad Elkoury, Hassan Hajjaj, Hayv Kahraman, Huda Lutfi, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Jordan Nassar, Laleh Khorramian, Lamya Gargash, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Nima Nabavi, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Sahand Hesamiyan, Sara Naim, Slavs and Tatars, Sophia Al-Maria, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Yasiin Bey, Youssef Nabil, and Zineb Sedira.