This exhibition shows the work of two artists who are also brothers. They each maintain a distinct individual practice, but developed in close proximity to one another. Both practices draw upon their relationship to their surroundings, particularly Dubai, where they grew up. 

The term “symbiotic” here describes several dualities that manifest in the show: that of two brothers, that of the two cultures in their family of origin, and that of life in the UAE, with its attendant tension between tradition and modernity. Through their work, the artists search for balance between their traditional Emirati heritage, often portrayed using imagery of animals from their family farm, and the experience of living in modern Dubai. Each of these artists emulate this experience of dualities by applying ancient motifs from various cultures to a contemporary context.

Curated by Tala Nassar