‘Inside the Fire Circle’
Moroccan artist Mounir Fatmi’s first solo exhibition in Dubai explores the circle’s evolution as a symbol along with American activist John Howard Griffin’s struggle against racial inequality. These utterly different themes become one in Fatmi’s sculpture, photography and film, which explore movement and how history repeats itself. The show is named after a new sculptural installation featuring jumper cables spilling out from a set of obsolete typewriters and alluding to the repetition of history. Also here is a series of 10 photographs titled As A Black Man depicting Griffin’s unusual experience of undergoing treatment to turn his skin black is on display. The Crossing the Line and Calligraphy of Fire photography series are also on view along with the film History is not Mine, which explores Fatmi’s interest in knowledge, destruction and language.
Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai. Lawrieshabibi.com Tel. +971 4346 9906. 8 March until 27 April.
Sara Rahbar. Salvation. Bronze Arms, 61 x 23 x 8 cm. Helmets. 25 x 25 x 18 cm. 2016. Courtesy of the gallery and the artist.
Iranian artist Sara Rahbar’s latest solo show of sculptures illustrates human suffering and dejection. Rahbar universalises the acts of violence she has personally experienced through her art, exploring politics, emotions, memories and racial subjugation.
In bronze sculptures of drooping arms and helmets, she looks at the vulnerable human condition, the weight of personal strife felt through the use of the heavy metal. Rahbar’s personal experiences remain crucial to her works, particularly how she and her family were forced to flee her hometown Tehran in the midst of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and in the wake of the Iran-Iraq war. A timely recollection of themes that are pertinent in today’s political climate.
Carbon 12, Dubai. Carbon12dubai.com Tel. +971 4 340 6016. From 13 March until 25 April.