AN EXHIBITION EXPLORING EMIRATI CULTURE AND HERITAGE THROUGH A RICH DISPLAY OF OBJECTS, MEMORIES AND PERSONAL REFLECTIONS IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT WAREHOUSE 421
Art lovers, history enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in the UAE’s rich past, is invited to explore Emirati culture at Warehouse421 through a beautiful, compelling exhibition of tangible and intangible forms of Emirati adornment. Lest We Forget – Emirati Adornment: Tangible & Intangible presents personal objects of adornment shared by Emirati contributors along the memories, reflections and works of art that these objects inspire. Bridging the gap between past and current generations, the exhibition will feature both historical and contemporary examples and practices. The exhibition features tangible, concrete, and physically lasting forms of adornment, including garments, burqa, jewellery, weapons, attributes, and accessories. It also considers intangible adornment that is temporal and impermanent — the enhancement of the face and body through the application of evanescent henna, kohl, fragrance, and cosmetics, as well as through grooming, nail care, and hairstyles. The exhibition acknowledges in adornment valuable intangible cultural heritage: the creative spirit, knowledge, skills and aesthetic sensibilities that are passed down from one generation to the next.
Dr. Michele Bambling, Creative Director of Lest We Forget, said: “The theme of adornment has universal significance and stirs memories in all of us. The will to adorn is a deep-rooted human inclination to beautify, ornament, embellish and make something or someone more attractive,” she continued. “The reasons for enhancing one’s appearance through adornment are profound. Modes of adornment can be culturally specific as well as personal. The exhibition, presents an original, heartfelt exploration of Emirati identity, aesthetics and cultural history conveyed through modes of adornment.” An innovative community-based national initiative supported by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, Lest We Forget seeks to document Emirati vernacular heritage and cultural identity and share it through exhibitions and publications. It’s an innovative grassroots archival initiative that digitally archives, documents and researches the vernacular photography, material culture and spoken histories of the first generations of UAE Nationals and their descendants. Lest We Forget works with a growing network of university students, interns and community members to realise the integrated archival, exhibition, publishing and programming projects.
Khulood Khaldoon Al Atiyat, Manager of Arts, Culture and Heritage for the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation said: “Warehouse421 is proud to support this important initiative and offer a platform for Lest We Forget: Emirati Adornment to reach a broad audience across the UAE and share our nation’s heritage.”
GO: The exhibition will run until August 27. Visit www.warehouse421.ae for more information.