DUBAI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM – 25th Feb, 2023 ) The 11th edition of Sika Art and Design Festival, which will run till March 5 in the historic Al Fahidi neighborhood, provides a platform for creative visions and art installations .
The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has filled Sikka House and Khaleeji House with inspiring and elegant artworks influenced by local and regional heritage, reflecting the richness and diversity of the arts sector, and the extraordinary cultural and artistic movement is witness dubai. .
With innovative ideas and designs, the artworks presented within Sikka House highlight the creativity of Emirati artists, including designer Omar Al Najjar, founder of Velini, who used Sikka as an umbrella to express his love for watches, as his Crosshair collection showcases his passion for interesting watch design. The artwork “They Write Stories About Places Like These” gave artist Sarah Al Saman the opportunity to express her vision of adventure in all its forms, be it a place, a book or even a poem.
Through the artwork “Unfolding”, Salmah Almansoori studies her relationship and feelings for her hometown of Ghayati, located in the western part of Abu Dhabi, believing that its fabrics fold, hold and hide the intimacy, identity and history of the space; reflecting the physicality of these places by intuitively adding colors, fueled by memories, emotions and experiences. Elsewhere, Hamda Al Fallahi excelled in embroidered thalis, to produce her piece ‘so.la.ay’, an experimental line inspired by Arabic poetry and curated by ashadashmal.
Designer Mayed Abdullah also shows his passion for fashion design through his “construction site” artwork, mixing classic pieces with street fashion influenced by two-dimensional geometric shapes and connected lines.
Artist Amna Albanna brings 90s nostalgia back to modern trends through her work BRX Fabrics, while Ayesha Khader affirms that art is a form of community through her work Portable Installations, a series of bags made from a wide range of materials including brass, carpets, acrylic and silver.
Jewelery design is also showcased at Sikka House, where Misk Jewellery, through its ‘Heritage Collection’, re-imagines the heritage of the region with contemporary jewellery, balancing precious stones with 18 carat gold, while Naraya Jewelery unveils its latest designs, presented with the innovative My Lady Collection, to celebrate the beauty and magic of gemstones and the story they tell through their extraordinary characteristics.
Artists Ayesha Ahmed Almarar and Marie-Claire Bakker present a collaborative 3D artwork titled “Maryat Umm Hilal – Before It’s Forgotten”, a necklace made of gold beads and a crescent moon encrusted with pearls and rubies. Through it, they aim to highlight the importance of documenting and preserving traditional jewellery, with the aim of creating the ‘Before It’s Forgotten’ campaign in the UAE.
With its rich visual artworks, the house showcases 3 artists from UAE, Bahrain and Oman respectively. In her installation Nostalgia, Omani artist Hamda Salem sheds light on old homes and childhood memories, while Emirati Hamdan Al Shamsi produces his work Untitled, exploring nostalgia through a mixed-media collage of family album photos to provide a sensory experience. through items such as tapes, radios and old magazines. Bahraini artist Yara Ayoub’s installation “Wa Traimboh” is a modification of the pronunciation of English words (white rainbow), in which she recalls the pre-wedding rituals in Bahraini culture.