‘The Sublime Nature of Being’, an immersive, multi-sensory group exhibition of innovative works by contemporary artists was officially unveiled on 22nd January 2022 at the Summer Garden of ICD Brookfield Place in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan Cabinet Member, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence.
The exhibition is set to revolutionize the art experience in the region, and explores the universal human experience of awe and reverence inspired by nature, and its ability to conjure an emotional understanding that transcends rational thought, words and language.
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Curated and produced by Ambika Hinduja Macker, artist, founder and creative director of art and design firm Impeccable Imagination, in collaboration with ICD Brookfield Place, 'The Sublime Nature of Being' brings ten internationally renowned artists under one roof and invites the viewer to participate emotionally, imaginatively and sensorially while exploring human relationships with the surrounding environment. The exhibition is an Alchemic Sonic Environment that features a variety of sculptures, modular components and spatial sound to stir hope and deep reflection.
What is the sensation we experience while interacting with nature when words fail, or we find ourselves awed beyond reason? How does an artist convey the indescribable and translate the metaphysical to material? The exhibition explores the humbling purity of the natural cosmos by creating imagined, transportive worlds, through creativity.
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‘The Sublime Nature of Being’ explores aspects of this philosophy and the modern interpretation of the Japanese term ‘Ukiyo’ meaning ‘living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life,’ and examines the belief that contemplation of these themes leads to the subsequent feelings of admiration and responsibility. This allows for the intertwining of aesthetics and ethics, two key elements that are relevant to society today, especially in light of change and apprehension as we consider the future of humanity.
‘’It is the greatest honor to be able to share artworks from some of the most inspired and exciting artists I know, presenting art that conjures the grace of nature, in this dynamic and inventive city which I now call home’’ said Ambika Hinduja Macker. “My hope is that the ‘The Sublime Nature of Being’ will transport the audience to an oasis of tranquility and beauty which stirs a sense of optimism, harmony, and equanimity‘’ she added.
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Creating an immersive and multisensory experience that includes three-dimensional installations, sound and scent, a play on time and space, contrasts of light and shadow, elemental materials and fluid forms, the experience invites the audience on a unique journey with a contemplative dimension – a search for a higher truth. By stepping into the space, one is transported into a utopian sanctuary of peace and hope, providing a temporary reprieve and poetic antidote to the external chaos of the present day.
‘’The Sublime Nature of Being’’ will be showcased for five weeks at ICD Brookfield Place, from January 23rd to February 27th 2022.
Specially commissioned by Ambika for ‘The Sublime Nature of Being,’ a roster of regional and international artists are showcasing their mixed media works, including Lebanese sculptor, Nadim Karam, Jacob Hashimoto, a painter and artist, American contemporary artist, Fred Eerdekens, Belgian sculptor and contemporary artist, Mathieu Lehanneur, French designer and artist, Hadieh Shafie, Iranian visual artist, Rowan Mersh, English multimedia sculptor, Xavier Lust, Belgian furniture designer and sculptor, Janaina Mello, Brazilian contemporary artist, Michelle McKinney, English contemporary artist, and Satya Hinduja, Indian composer, sound artist and producer.