Capstone Festival Group Exhibition
Hessa Al Saman
During the fourth year, all NYUAD Visual Arts students produce a capstone project – either as an individual or team.
The capstone project is a demanding, year-long endeavor aiming at a significant piece of research or creative work. Unlike other courses in which faculty establish the structure and set assignments, students work independently with guidance from NYUAD faculty.
It’s In Sight is a group exhibition during the Arts & Humanities Capstone Festival, representing work from each of the Visual Arts capstones, as well as a selection of other students across the arts programs. The artists in this exhibition are:
Opening reception: Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 5-7pm
Artist Talks: 6 – 6:30 PM
He owns so much oil… and He Is More Dominant Than She Is from the series Here’s What They Think of Me
Here’s What They Think of Me is a series of staged photography depicting Emirati stereotypes in an exaggerated manner. I chose this approach to allow room for humor, contemplation and questions to be asked; this way I can start a dialogue about my true identity.
Sara Alahbabi is in the Art department
Hessa Al Saman
From the series “جفاف (Jafaaf)”
جفاف (Jafaaf), Arabic for ‘dryness’, is a series of paintings that collectively describes Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi is a dry desert surrounded by hundreds of islands and beautiful beaches. Its landscape, is not only rich with culture and heritage, but shrouded in mystery and full of precious findings. My artwork explores the concepts- dryness,wetness- and their symbiotic relationship as it relates to the natural landscape of Abu Dhabi which affected the history of this country.
Hessa Al Saman is in the Art department
Breakout is an interactive game about a young boy, Leo, who has to find liberation from his social anxiety disorder that traps him in a cave. In the game, Leo is conflicted between remaining in the cave and saving the source of his repression and comfort, the tree or escaping and saving the life of an elderly man that he finds a special connection with. Breakout intends to demonstrate the universality of social anxiety disorder.
Davit Avoyan is in the Interactive Media department
Ámame Como Amas
Ámame Como Amas is a four-song EP that finds itself at intersections between the specific styles within 3 different geographic genres. Rather than being a purely artistic experiment, this EP will seek to approach the social and cultural boundaries between these musics (as interpreted by studio musicians,) and to draw parallels that could bring different listeners together in appreciation of what they all know to be familiar.
Juliana Bello is in the Music department
Nueva Australia and Secta Moon
These works, from the series Utopicos, are lasercut woodblock prints of photocollages that draw on archival sources, found text, and newspaper images on Utopian settlements in Paraguay.
Nino Cricco is in the Art department
Four dishes from Ramadan Recipes
Ramadan Recipes shares ten recipes to break the fast for Ramadan. In a span of five months, the author interviewed ten individuals and watched them cook their families’ classic iftar recipes in front of her. Ramadan Recipes celebrates the cultural diversity of Abu Dhabi and investigates the heart of Islam. Most importantly, the book seeks to teach readers about the value of food and community.
Mariko Kuroda is in the Art department
Week 4 Attempt 8
Week 4 Attempt 8 is a book-length poem that documents and performs the author’s exploration of his own family history. The poem draws on interviews with relatives as well as the author’s own writing to investigate how we conceive of ourselves in relation to a past that might be unfamiliar with regard to both time, place and culture.”
Krishan Mistry is in the Literature department
Luis Morales-Navarro (IM)
Tlönator: The Latest!
In “Tlön, Uqbar Orbis Tertius”(1940), Jorge Luis Borges proposes an executable language that “is a heterogeneous series of independent acts” which reflects his idea of the world of Tlön — a world that “is successive, temporal, but not spatial.” In this world, nouns are expressed through combinations and accumulations of verbs and adjectives.
This project explores the connection between the works of Borges and digital media by creating a system that translates text from English to Tlönized English — an executable version of English based on the language of Tlön. “Tlönator: The Latest!” is part of “Material Fictions” a rereading of Jorge Luis Borges’s “fictions” in a post-digital context which includes a collection of objects and essays that consider the materiality/immateriality of digital media and its dynamics of control.
Luis Morales-Navarro is in the Interactive Media department
WALL || WINDOW
Jiwon Shin’s capstone explores the formation of human relationships through digital and analog means of communication.
Jiwon Shin is in the Art department
More Than Just A Pretty Face
More Than Just A Pretty Face is a portrait series that explores coming of age at a professional level that is not defined by gender or sex in present day society.
Khadija Toor is in the Art department