10 . 08 . 21  -  15 . 09 . 21

Firetti Contemporary, Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai

NFT (non-fungible token) artworks and their physical counterparts exhibited side by side. This hybrid exhibition is the first exhibition of its kind in the region, and aims to bridge NFT art and traditional or IRL (in real life) art.
                       

- THE ARTISTS -

AHMED EMAD

Emad’s works focus on existential themes, taking inspiration from surrealists such as Salvador Dali and Diego Rivera. Each of his pieces stand for a unique concept, whether it is conceptual work, or experimenting space and interacting with the audience. This exploration initiates dialogue between the interplay of the unusual use of colour, texture and style, supplemented with an abundance of paint.

KADARA ENYEASI

Kadara Enyeasi is an artist who lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Trained as an architect and self-taught photographer, Enyeasi turned his talents and passion to creating images that span fashion, art and portraiture. His photography plays with form, space and perspective and often looks at the body in relation to the urban environment.

 Enyeasi’s work engages in a multidisciplinary approach that comments on topics of body politics, sexuality and religion, myths and taboos in contemporary Nigerian society.

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IRVIN PASCAL

Pascal’s innovative practice is affiliated with the legacy of functional design and its potential to invoke universal dialogue. Pascal participates in the revolutionary practice of making, to explore new concepts within the African-Caribbean context.

Pascal's NFTs are minimalist, geometric yet organic animated drawings, accompanied by recordings of himself playing various experimental instruments.

JOSH ROWELL

Rowell generates his artistic vision by focusing on technological advances that shape our contemporary lives, communicating our increasingly mediated human interactions within the confines of visual art. The artist balances analogue techniques with the instantaneous nature of the digital age. This juxtaposition produces a language that explores and reshapes information, and celebrates the hand-made in a time that is increasingly being enveloped by the virtual.

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HELIDON XHIXHA

Xhixha's work is some of the most instantly recognizable sculptures today. Through a highly skilled intervention on steel in which perfectly flat, seamless planes become suddenly distorted and disturbed, he is in fact creating a visual commentary on the interplay between steel and light, between the physical and the intangible; whilst simultaneously touching on powerful philosophical concepts.

JACQUES VARTABEDIAN

Vartabedian's work is involved in the creation of conceptually based sociopolitical objects that deal with conditions of real experience, and with the multifaceted reality that challenges existing physical and political boundaries. He combines contemporary ideas with traditional techniques and creates a blend of extensions of our reality that are based upon his breed cultural traditions and his interest in the changing world of today.

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FATIHA ZEMMOURI

Through polymorphic artwork, Fatiha Zemmouri carries thorough thinking around the notion of construction, deconstruction, regeneration and transformation. The artist develops an elaborate work in which natural elements such as water, fire and earth are fused with additional materials such as wood, coal, and dirt, having an essential place in her creations.