Abu Dhabi’s Umm Al Emarat Park Receives Live Art Performances That Help Explore Memory

Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi.
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Abu Dhabi: A live work of art, which was previously installed in London’s oldest botanical garden, has now been redesigned for Abu Dhabi.

Installed at Umm Al Emarat Park here as part of its collaboration with Abu Dhabi Art, Act II: The Climbing Vine can now be seen at the Botanical Garden and the Park’s Shadow House.

From the series “Every Act of Recognition Alters what Survives”, the work of Iraqi artist Rand Abdul Jabbar explores the role of memory, in relation to place and history, through the use of sculptures that interact with the plants of the park. . The pieces therefore use the sensory and emotional qualities of the botanical garden and the shadow house to provide focal points for contemplation and reflection.

Live readings

Live performative readings of The Climbing Vine, a personal text written by Entissar Hajali, a Syrian writer and performer based in London, took place yesterday, with rehearsals today and December 11.

“I am delighted to see the installation come to life in the United Arab Emirates thanks to this collaboration between Abu Dhabi Art and Umm Al Emarat Park. The art installation and performance I am presenting emerged from a participatory workshop through which I engaged women from the Iraqi and Arab diaspora in London in a conversation about the role of memory in relation to place and place. ‘story. The work, which presents a series of sculptural interventions in dialogue, evokes the transformative power of memory to challenge the limits of space and time, and its ability to connect with cherished experiences of time and place. far away in the present moment, ”said Abdul Jabbar.


Abdul Jabbar is a Baghdad-born artist who borrows and reconstructs the ephemeral of place, history and memory, using design, sculpture and installation as the main means of operation.

The artist will also host a free workshop at the park on December 5, where art lovers will have the opportunity to join the artist for a walk through the Botanical Garden.

Promote art

“Creating and creating opportunities to explore, experience, enrich and educate is what drives all of our community-driven events and initiatives at Umm Al Emarat Park. We always welcome collaborations that allow us to support artists in the region and promote the local art scene, as we believe in always finding ways to nurture the local community and leave a lasting cultural legacy, ”said Rasha Kablawi, Head of Corporate Affairs of the Park and Communication Department.

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