The Project Space will host the first ever NYU Abu Dhabi arts faculty exhibition, showcasing the work of 18 artists from the Film and New Media, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, and Interactive Media programs. The works span a wide range of media and practices, from fine art photography and painting to sculpture, design, interactive media, and installation. Please join us for this tour de force of artistic visions at work within NYUAD’s art center.
Featuring the work of:
Alexis Gambis, Craig Protzel with Amanda Hope Macari, David Darts, Gaar Adams, Goffredo Puccetti, Joanne Savio, John Torreano, Jonathan Farrow, Julie Stopper, Matthew Quayle, Meredith Meer, Omar Shoukri, Sandra Peters, Scandar Copti, Scott Fitzgerald, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Wendy Bednarz
Saturdays through Thursdays, 10am-10pm
Alexis Gambis is a French-Venezuelen filmmaker, biologist and artistic director of the non-profit organization Imagine Science Films, which aims to challenge existing stereotypes in science through film. He teaches courses at NYU Abu Dhabi in visual processing and docu-fiction cinema. His films combine scientific research and storytelling often featuring animals as actors and blurring the lines between reality and the imaginary.
Craig Protzel is a creative technologist from Los Angeles and a Professor of Interactive Media. His work lies at the intersection of web development, education, video, and storytelling. For this project he collaborates with Amanda Hope Macari, a multi-media artist from New York. For over a decade she has worked in art education and television production.
David Darts is Associate Dean of the Arts at NYU Abu Dhabi. He uses sculpture and designed objects to provide spaces for critical reflection and social interaction. Darts is Co-Director of the NYU Artistic Activism Working Group and former Curatorial Director of Conflux, the annual art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space.
Gaar Adams is an American writer, photographer, and theater producer. His words and images from the Middle East and South Asia have appeared in The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, NPR, Slate, VICE, Foreign Policy, Salon, Al Jazeera, and elsewhere. He works in NYU Abu Dhabi’s Theater division.
Goffredo Puccetti is a graphic designer and communications consultant. His main interests are in the interactions of design with policy and decision making processes. Prior to joining NYUAD, he has been working in Italy, UK and France. He is a partner of the design consultancies Graines d’Octets (France) and Humus Design (Italy).
Joanne Savio has been a photographer for over thirty years. Her work is collected and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. She has taught film and photography in the United States, Europe, the UAE and Cuba. Portraiture of the world’s artists and writers, and her images of dance and documentary work can be seen in her book, Vital Grace, and in numerous other publications.
John Torreano is faculty in the Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU in New York, from 1992-present affiliate NYU-AD since 2011. His work has exhibited in galleries and museums around the US, and is in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the MFA Houston, among others. He has been awarded numerous grants including from the Nancy Graves Foundation Grant, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and two National
Endowment for the Arts.
Jonny Farrow is a multi-disciplinary artist working with sound as both a poetics and a material to research the liminal spaces of belief, memory, and history. He holds a BA in English, an MA in music, and a MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently lives and works in Abu Dhabi.
Julie Stopper is an interdisciplinary artist who creates sculptural poetry and three-dimensional storytelling. Her work challenges existing power structures, superficial projections of identity and historically constructed concepts of femininity, weakness and naiveté by demonstrating strength through vulnerability, the personal as political, as well as the transformation of trauma into power.
Matthew Quayle, composer and pianist, is Assistant Arts Professor of Music at NYUAD. His recent work includes three albums: Songs Without Words: Solo Piano Music of Matthew Quayle on Albany Records; Amazed By You, a collection of original cabaret songs with soprano Marian Murphy; and a duo album with his frequent collaborator, cellist Jameson Platte.
Meredith Meer, BFA NYU Steinhardt, is the Technical Specialist in 2D Visual Arts at NYUAD. She has taught students ages two to 82 across the United States, Italy, and the Middle East, and is the founder of Kaleidoscope Kids, an arts education organization that serves young artists throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Omar Shoukri is active as a film director, music producer and educator. Born and raised in Germany, his studies in the creative field of Audio Engineering and Film production were influenced by his Egyptian roots. His current research explores the boundaries between interdisciplinary art forms of experimental film, world music, cultural awareness and anthropology.
Sandra Peters is a visual artist based in Abu Dhabi and Berlin. Peters works with objects and materials that emerge from her engagement with the architecture that surrounds her. She has had a number of solo and group shows in Germany and abroad. Peters was a visiting artist at the Art Center College of Design and at CalArts. Since 2014, she is Assistant Professor in Visual Arts at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Scandar Copti is the founder and CEO of Coptico IntelliTechnologies Ltd. The company designs, manufactures and markets smart products that aim to resolve social and cultural issues in Arab societies.
Scott Fitzgerald’s work examines the interdependence of culture and technology, and how physical spaces can be altered through digital manipulation. His work has been exhibited and installed around the globe, including permanent site-specific work at the University of Oslo and temporary public work in New York City’s Times Square.
Tarek Al Ghoussein’s work explores the boundaries between landscape photography, self-portraiture and performance art. Choosing locations much in the same way a film director does, he moves between abstraction and the specific circumstances found in particular places. The current body of work “Windows on Work” extends the exploration by examining the “window” as a place of representation / performance.
Wendy Bednarz is a filmmaker and photographer based in New York and Abu Dhabi. She uses still and moving images to provide platforms for narratives about women and minorities. Her work has been exhibited internationally.
Wendy has taught at NYU in the Undergraduate Film Department and at NYU Tisch Asia in the Graduate Film Department. She is currently an Assistant Arts Professor in the Film and New Media Department at NYU Abu Dhabi.