EAST - EAST: 2020, Vol 3
October 18 - 11 November 2017
Farah Al Qasimi
Ali Al Shehabi
Curated by Sophie Mayuko Arni
7pm | October 18th, 2017 with curator and artist-led tours
CHI-KA is pleased to announce the opening of ‘EAST-EAST: 2020, Vol.3’, the third edition of the EAST-EAST exhibition series which aims to explore invisible bridges and links between the UAE and Japan through the works of emerging artists. Curated by Sophie Mayuko Arni, this edition’s theme is 2020, the coinciding year of Dubai Expo and Tokyo Olympics.
In a wave of ambitious projects for brighter and better futures, 2020 stands as a catalyst for megalithic urban development and social high tide for both Dubai and Tokyo. 2020 will be the year that Dubai and Tokyo shine under global spotlight, welcoming millions of curious visitors. 2020 marks the celebration of a vision and master plan realized. 2020 stands as a cultural model: a race to a more efficient, sustainable, convenient,
technologically advanced, happier future. Moreover, Dubai and Tokyo’s upcoming events will inspire global collaborative agendas and promote inclusiveness in a world that is gradually retracting in ethnic divides.
For EAST-EAST: 2020, Vol.3, curator Arni places the two cultures side by side, UAE and Japan, both preparing for their ‘big moment’. She raises the idea of ‘Gulf Futurism’, a term coined by Qatari- American artist Sophia Al Maria, which examines this state of permanently looking ahead, relating particularly to the Gulf sates, while expressing concern over the social and environmental costs of hyper-development. Essentially, Gulf Futurism warns us of a potentially displaced global future.
‘COLOUR CODE #KIMONO’
MAR 13 - APR 13, 2017
Opening reception March 13th, 2017 | 6-10PM
A contemporary tea ceremony will be held at CHI-KA on the evening, surrounded by a plethora of exquisite kimonos in all gradient colours.
Every culture has its own sense of color, and Japan is no exception. From prehistoric times to the present day, the Japanese have developed their own collection of traditional colors, known as dentouiro, which are still recognized and used today. Their use in textiles such as kimono is one of the most notable.
Colours displayed in kimono are not random. They have been cautiously selected in creating an expressive work of art that is the kimono.
Purple, for example, is a metaphor for undying love, the imagery deriving from the fact that gromwell (murasaki), the plant used to create the dye, has very long roots. The exhibition 'Colour Code #Kimono' dives deep into the depths of these delicate colours, exploring their strong metaphorical and cultural meanings, cosmological dimensions and poetic significance.
The opening of ‘COLOUR CODE #KIMONO’ coincides with ‘Galleries Night’ at Alserkal Avenue on March 13th, between 6-10pm. The evening marks the opening of exhibitions, artist commissions and pop-up projects taking place across the Avenue through Art Week.
‘NEW JAPAN PHOTO - ISSUE 3’
JAN 27 - FEB 27, 2017
Opening reception January 27th, 2017 | 7PM
Held in collaboration with edgy Tokyo-based Einstein Studio, CHI-KA presents the opening of 'New Japan Photo - Issue 3'. Showing for the first time in Dubai, the exhibition features award-winning young Japanese photographers leaving a mark on the contemporary fine art photography scene in Tokyo and beyond. They are recipients of the prestigious Japan Photo Award; currently the largest photography award in Japan, held biannually and involving over 3000 participants.
The opening of the exhibition coincides with Alserkal Avenue’s ‘Quoz Arts Fest‘ (Jan 27, 2017). ‘New Japan Photo - Issue 3’ is also a part of GPP Photo Week 2017 (Feb 10-17, 2017) - MENA's longest-running international photography festival, organised by Gulf Photo Plus.
EAST - EAST: UAE meets Japan Vol 2
13 - 30 November 2016
'EAST-EAST: UAE meets Japan Vol 2', an exhibition that explores ways young voices of the Emirati art scene choose to regard cross-cultural contact with the arts of Japan. It aims to draw parallels between Japanese and Emirati culture as both traditional societies move rapidly into our postmodern age and strive to keep a balance between heritage and futurism.
'EAST-EAST: UAE meets Japan Vol 2' is curated by Sophie Mayuko Arni and coproduced by NYU Abu Dhabi.
23 - 29 October 2016
CHI-KA teams up with world renowned trend forecasting agency Edelkoort Arabia, presenting a window into the future of craft. The public is invited to view craft-infused Japanese kimonos, and browse through Edelkoort's coveted trend books. These handmade, highly tactile books address societal changes expressed in sensory experiences. They are valuable tools for strategists, designers and future enthusiasts.
23 October 2016 | 10:00 - 21:00
24 - 29 October 2016 | 10:00 - 19:00
29 October 2016 - 4 PM | Nadi Al Quoz space in Alserkal Avenue