Tashkeel is proud to present Wonder Land, the first solo exhibition by artist, writer, film curator, blogger and podcaster Hind Mezaina. Wonder Land marks the 12th public outcome by a Critical Practice Programme (CPP) practitioner since its inception in 2014.
Prevented from feeding her appetite for overseas travel, Hind Mezaina found herself during lockdown, in Dubai for the longest time in many years, gaining a fresh sense of her city.
In Wonder Land, Mezaina aims to remove herself from the often-stifling familiarity by adopting an almost third-person objectivity towards the place she calls home. Moulded by the extraordinary consequences of the pandemic and their impact on the city of Dubai – social, economic and industrial – her intentional gaze brings to the foreground nuances and hitherto unnoticed elements of the urban fabric, indicative of an environment in flux; from the abandoned remnants of constant progress to the reclamatory force of nature over human endeavour. Amid the unnerving emptiness, cosmetic distractions and constructed artifices stand hollow like an abandoned fairground, devoid of meaning as the once unrelenting momentum of ambition slows to a halt.
From the blank highway billboards and the hidden pedestrian paths to the obsolete public phone booths, Mezaina considers the translation of imagery through its materiality and size.
Wonder Land is both a reflection and observation of a city that feels both alien and familiar.
Dates: 25 May - 6 Jul 2021
How To Visit
Visits by appointment only. Call 04 336 3313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (walk-ins permitted only if maximum capacity of 10 is not exceeded).
- Tuesday 25 May 2021 (opening day tour) | 6-7pm, 7-8pm, 8-9pm
- Saturday 29 May 2021 | 10-11am, 11am-12pm, 12-1pm
- Saturday 3 July 2021 | 10-11am, 11am-12pm, 12-1pm
Book through emailing email@example.com
+971 4 3363313
House 10, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai