Emergeeast’s group exhibition Dreaming Tomorrow is a sign of hope and renewal

Dreaming Tomorrow by Helen Zughaib, in archival pigment print.

Mohammad Yusuf, Feature Writer

Emergeast, one of the leading online art galleries in the MENA region, has launched an online group exhibition titled Dreaming Tomorrow. Organized by Dima Abdul Kader and Nikki Meftah, it went live February 1 on Emergeast.com. Dreaming Tomorrow reflects the ever-evolving quest for self-exploration. It invites the viewer to embark on a journey of collective transformation, loss and renewal. “Through depictions of shared struggles and empathy to empower visions in the void, Dreaming Tomorrow presents 22 works of art that uniquely take us away from the usual sobering events and shine a light on the emerging collective hope and optimism for a better future,” says the curators.

“The selection of works presents a multifaceted way of looking within and navigating our internal dialogue, cultivating and releasing whatever is holding us back,” they add. “The message for 2022 sounds bright and beautiful as we harness the power within to open the doors to a bright future.”

From the signature photographic surrealism of Lara Zankoul to the internationally acclaimed cosmic paintings of Henri Abraham Univers, each work reflects a message of rebirth and expansion.


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The exhibition brings together pieces of the artists’ personal experience over the past two years. Participating artist M’hammed Kilito says, “I think it’s a beautifully thought out theme and great selection of artwork. “My work, Musical Introspection, Fiction of Reality series, was inspired by the early months of the pandemic, when my father waited for better days by spending most of his time playing the Oud and immersing himself in pleasant memories. from her childhood, listening to and playing traditional Arabic music, such as Oum Kalthoum and Mohamed Abdelwahab.

Kilito’s work is one of many in the exhibition that highlights a common theme of introspection, through a process of self-reflection. Inspired by Helen Zughaib’s participating work, Dreaming Tomorrow, the show juxtaposes current human experiences with those of its greatest potential, “reminding us that with a simple gaze at the moon, the possibilities of expansion through self-love are limitless”. Didn’t Rumi say “love is everything and we are the pieces”?

Participating artists include Ahoo Hamedi, Amelia Hadouchi, Anas Homsi, Awanle Ayiboro Hawa Ali, Elham Etemadi, Estabrak, Haibat Balaa Bawab, Helen Zughaib, Henri Abraham Univers, Keyvan Heydari Shovir, Lara Zankoul M Smart, Malak Mattar, Mays Al Moosawi, Mehrdad Jafari, M’hammed Kilito, Noor Abuissa, Sara Tohme, Sasan Nasernia, Taher Jaoui, Tarik Chebli and Yassine Alaoui Ismaili.

i hope art 1 Void by Sasan Nasernia, acrylic on canvas.

“‘Orbit’ is part of a series called ‘Dream’ where I try to push the boundaries of photographic surrealism,” says Zankoul. “This specific piece was captured in our family home in southern Lebanon, Hasbaya. “It’s a self-portrait, representing a woman (made by myself) levitating in orbit, with what looks like a planet. This piece addresses the idea of ​​letting go, of full acceptance of what is, of collective consciousness. “Only by losing all forms of resistance do we become one with the universe, ascend and become enlightened.”

Univers, which features the acrylic on canvas titled Terrestrial Balance, says that “in my mind, this trinity reflects the harmony of earth, sun and moon.

“The three components necessary for the functioning of our planet and for life on Earth. The spider – the weaver of love – clutches a heart engraved with the words “I inspire”. “He inspires love as he weaves his web and captures people, not to eat them but to adore them.” The white thread connects the letters TIMELESS – whatever happens in the world, the sky and the stars will always be present, wanting the love and unity of humanity.” Zughaib states that “As our world has become smaller over the past few years, I enjoyed looking out from our balcony, seeing the vastness of nature and noting the changing cycles of the moon.

“Somehow I felt more connected, although still isolated most of the time. The moon, for me, is a symbol of renewal, regeneration, stability and hope, whereas we look to tomorrow and may our dreams come true. Emergeeast champions emerging and mid-career artists from the Middle East and North Africa, while empowering the latest generation of collectors through storytelling. Through a curated selection of MENA Artists, its mission is to facilitate a platform designed for cross-cultural dialogue between art curators and collectors – young and established – with a growing number of artists from the region.

The gallery aims to break down barriers to art collecting, facilitating access to promising artists from the region at accessible prices. With the aim of becoming the region’s favorite cultural destination, it seeks innovative ways to deepen the connection between artists, to inspire them and the wider artistic community. “The essence of Emergeast lies in collaboration and raising collective consciousness by improving everyday life through art and beauty,” say Kader and Meftah, who are also the gallery’s founders. Kader is Palestinian, born and raised in Doha. She studied in British schools, followed by a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Montreal and London, respectively. Her identity is rooted in her Middle Eastern origins and shaped by Western influences from school, pop culture and media, and more. Meftah is a Londoner of Iranian origin, educated in a French school. She grew up surrounded by Persian and Islamic art, poetry and music at home, in a Western context. Discover Emergeast @emergeast www.emergeast.com and [email protected]

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