As part of the Abu Dhabi Festival, held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan and in partnership with New York University Abu Dhabi, The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award celebrated the work of students from the American University of Sharjah.
The winning piece, entitled Silk Road, is derived from three aspects of Islamic architecture that can be found in cities that once linked the Silk Road. Presenting an architectural dualism between the contemporary and ancient, the piece is lined with intricately printed fabric reminiscent of textiles traded throughout the deserts and sand dunes of the Arabian Peninsula. In addition to paying homage to the architectural forms of Islam, the piece represents a visual timeline of leaving and returning home - making it an appropriate winner of the Award, which was established in 2013 to act as a launchpad for young visual artists in the UAE.
The event, hosted by New York University, was attended by the winning team, consisting of Mohammad Z I Abualhuda (Jordan), Khalid Khairi Al Tamimi (Jordan), and Ghanem Mohamed Younes (Egypt), were joined, along with high-profile members of the Middle Eastern art and culture circle such as Christo and H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival.
The Abu Dhabi Festival takes place across the UAE from April 3-30, 2016. For further information on Abu Dhabi Festival 2016 tickets, schedules, venues and performances please visit the Festival website. Abu Dhabi Festival can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. - Tanika D'Souza