While the world has been gripped by the shackles of coronavirus, turning towards art and creativity for positivity has helped ease the restrictive clutches of the pandemic. A similar optimism resides in alserkal.online, a digital platform where audiences can discover art exhibitions, meet the artists, minds, and makers from the Alserkal Avenue community in Dubai. By Bayar Jain
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Launched on March 23, the alserkal.online has taken the beautiful art galleries of Alserkal Avenue in Dubai and created a virtual space for them to be explored. The digital platform allows guests to explore a 360º view of the exhibitions from the comfort of one’s home. They can even watch interviews with gallerists, interact with the artists, and gain a deeper understanding of the gallery’s artworks on Artsy — the partners for Alserkal Art Week Online.
During the Alserkal Art Week Online, works of over 80 artists — both, group and solo —featuring more than 300 artworks in 15 plus exhibitions will be available to explore. Some of the participating galleries are — 1 x 1 Gallery, Ayyam Gallery, Carbon 12, CHI KA, Elmarsa, Gallery Isabelle Van Den Enynde, Green Art Gallery, Grey Noise, Gulf Photo Plus, Ishara Art Foundation, JPNF, Lawrie Shabibi, Leila Heller Gallery, Showcase, SVENM, and Zawyeh Gallery. Each gallery will simultaneously showcase exhibitions — each available for a certain period — in turn ensuring that the show goes on despite the pandemic.
Currently, individual shows such as Rula Halawani’s For My Father, Safwan Dahoul’s The Awakening, Mohammed Kazem’s Infinite Angles, Michael John Whelan’s Nocturnes; and group shows by Adeela Suleman, Salima Hashmi, Ghulam Mohammad, Saba Qizilbash, Sarah Ahmad and Ali Kazim are available to view. Certain artworks are also on sale on Artsy.
If you’re an art lover, and feeling restricted at home, this is the perfect avenue to experience art from home!