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Art Jameel’s Newest Initiative: The Second Hand Art Collection

Second Hand Information by Moffat Takadiwa

The Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai has just launched its new art initiative, which is set to run all the way through to the last week of November, called “Second Hand”. The art exhibition will host performances, films, talks and workshops as well as showcases of a variety of materials used to create works of art, by 18 artists from the Art Jameel Collection.

“Second Hand” focuses mainly on the collective of 18 artists, which includes both artists from the Arab world as well as from around the world, as their work is made up from everyday items, both man made, to machine manufactured things.

A spokesperson of Art Jameel explained the concept of the exhibition, “Through divergent modes of expression — sculpture, installation, assemblage, drawing, photography, painting and performance — together the artworks in ‘Second Hand’ highlight a broad approach to object-based practices that challenge the way we perceive material and our understanding of what the material represents.”

Artists showcasing their work at the “Second Hand” exhibit include resident Art Jameel artists, including, Diana Al-Hadid, Doa Aly, Fayçal Baghriche, Walead Beshty, Vikram Divecha, Bita Ghezelayagh, Mohammed Kazem, Azade Köker, Cinthia Marcelle, Keita Miyazaki, Slavs and Tatars, Moffat Takadiwa, Mario García Torres, Jason Dodge, Zahrah Al-Ghamdi, Adel Abdessemed, Haig Aivazian, and Abbas Akhavan.

The name of the art show is inspired by Moffat Takadiwa’s piece, “Second Hand Information” (2014). Hailing from Zimbabwe, Moffat’s piece is formed by computer keys, which instigates the notion that the way information is carried from one person to another, and so forth, is similar to the way “material changes over time”.

Much of the artwork from the show has been created using materials that have been repurposed or morphed to highlight the way in which a setting can transform the purpose of particular resources. Interestingly, there are also some art pieces in the exhibition that look at the way items and art are created, making the process of creation, artistic.

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