Topographies: The Brush and the Chisel


Artwork by Dina Haddadin


Artwork by IIkbal Shukri Tannir

Nabad Art Gallery at AWA 2013:
Topographies: The Brush and the Chisel

Two Jordanian women show recent sculptures and paintings at Nabad Art Gallery in a joint exhibition entitled, “Topographies: The Brush and the Chisel.” On 9 September – 23 October 2013
The title of the exhibition reflects an essential artistic concept common to both artists. The human and urban topographies in the works of sculptor Ikbal Shukri-Tannir and multidisciplinary artist Dina Haddadin resonate across styles and media. As a practicing architect, Dina Haddadin continues to explore the concept of the margin in the urban landscape, which she names “spaces of uncertainty,” pushing the concept further into the realm of the imagination. Seasoned sculptor Ikbal Shukri-Tannir establishes a connection with the raw stone, which she feels ‘speaks’ to her, creating human forms, faces and geometric shapes by utilizing the colour and texture of each piece of alabaster or granite for optimal aesthetic results.

Ikbal Shukri Tannir

Born in Amman, sculptor Ikbal Shukri-Tannir graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Advertising Design from Beirut University College in 1975, after which she pursued studies in Chinese brush painting in Taiwan, silk painting and clay sculpture in Milan, and stone sculpture in New York. After spending a few years in New York, where she participated in seven sculpture exhibitions, she moved to Dubai in 1996. Ikbal has held two solo exhibitions in Amman and Dubai, and has participated in numerous  group shows in Dubai, notably at Mondo Art Gallery between 2004 and 2010. In addition to her sculptures, which focus mainly on female forms, faces and geometric sculptures in stone, Ikbal Shukri-Tannir also paints in various media. She currently lives and works in Amman, Jordan.

Dina Haddadin

Born in 1983, Dina Haddadin obtained a B.A. in Architecture from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2006. Since her graduation, she has been practicing architecture at Symbiosis Design in Amman. In 2008, she attended courses at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has since held three solo exhibitions, “Monuments: A Refuge in Margins,” (2012) at Nabad Art Gallery, “Beyond Emptiness” (2011) and “Transit” (2010). Haddadin has participated in numerous group shows as well as a number of international workshops. Haddadin is a self-taught multidisciplinary visual artist who uses both traditional and experimental techniques, including installation and video, to create multi-layered works that address the concept of the ‘margins’  in the urban landscape. She lives and works in Amman, Jordan.

A Child, a Cat and Paper Kites by Reem Yassouf

Artwork by Reem Yassouf

Zara Gallery at AWA 2013:
A Child, a Cat and Paper Kites by Reem Yassouf

A child, a cat and paper kites; that is the kind of delicate imagery artist Reem Yassouf, presents to the viewer in her new work during Art Week Amman showcased at Zara Gallery, starting Monday, September 9th, 2013.

Yassouf seeks to comment on our living condition through whimsical representations of engineered landscapes and cubic figures. In this exhibition, the artist has chosen to focus on the figure of the child. Using children’s behavior as an indicator for social and cultural change, the artist highlights the fragility of a society’s youth and its powerful ability to act as a repository of societal tension, stress and conflict.

Inspired by local and global social turbulence, Yassouf’s art simultaneously depicts calmness and tension. This is seen in the artist’s unconventional choice of subject matter that attempts to cut through this tension by using symbolism of lightness and freedom. To Yassouf, the artist is powerless against the forces of their own context; therefore it is inevitable that the work should end up being the agent that breaks down the barrier between self-expression and reality. By exploring the intimate relationship between presence and absence, stagnancy and movement and finally the tonalities between black and white through her cubic figures, Yassouf’s work depicts a subtle social commentary of our Post-Modern reality.

Graduating in 2000 with a Fine Arts degree from University of Damascus, the Syrian born artist started her career as a jewelry designer that same year. Working with precious stones and diamonds from Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, Reem attempted to create playful pieces that everyone could enjoy. Having transitioned into painting later on, Reem Yassouf never abandoned utilizing the playful to act as a powerful vessel to deliver an important message to an audience. This is the artist’s first solo show and second showcase at Zara Gallery.