FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER ISABELLE AVENARIUS’ WORK WILL BE SHOWCASED IN THE “MOSAIQUES – ABU DHABI” SERIES AT FAIRMONT BAB AL BAHR STARTING MID-APRIL. INSPIRED BY THE SKYLINES ACROSS ABU DHABI, ISABELLE’S WORK IS A UNIQUE GEOMETRIC COMPOSITION WHICH INCLUDES SYMMETRIC PATTERNS, AND PAYS TRIBUTE TO NON-FIGURATIVE ARABIAN ART.
Photography is not just about taking pictures anymore. Images taken on a camera are now manipulated in a variety of ways and play a key and unique role in modern art. Take Isabelle Avenarius for example, her creations for this exhibition include 10 photography mosaic art works that use landmarks and skylines across Abu Dhabi including, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Corniche, the Marina, and Khalidiya Palace, among others. To the naked eye the pieces on display appear as traditional mosaics, but upon closer inspection, guests will see some very familiar buildings and cityscapes.
Nils Axing, General Manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, says: “Art that encapsulates thewonderful architecture of the UAE always resonates with guests at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. Isabelle’s photography series takes the monumental buildings around Abu Dhabi and turns them on their heads – literally – to create further works of art. One key element that will intrigue visitors to the exhibition is how Isabelle manipulates scale and size. Her technique involves shrinking the skyline and the landmarks of Abu Dhabi, placing these images into tiles and creating these uniquely themed mosaics. She states that these works of art are inspired by the modern architecture in Abu Dhabi and its contrasting natural environment.
Another unique component is the shape of the art itself. Each mosaic is printed on circular acrylic, 100cm in diameter, which naturally makes them distinctive and adds to their appeal. “Mosaiques – Abu Dhabi” is Isabelle’s latest photography series and follows her “Street” series where she took photographs on the streets of Abu Dhabi, and caught the spirit of the Capital using vibrant colours, long exposure and motion to enhance the dynamism of the fast developing city. Isabelle has been living in Abu Dhabi since 2012 where she has found a new source of inspiration for her artistic work. Using her camera as a pencil, playing with light and movement, she first used canvas as a medium. Her inspiration in various places such as Giverny, Scandinavia and Peru has led to three photo series entitled Natural Impressions I and II and Between Land and Sea.
GO: Mosaiques – Abu Dhabi is on display from April 15 to June 30 at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. Call (0)2 654 3333.