Abwab, a door to MENASA talents


  • Abwab Pavillions: the largest showcase of designers from the Middle East championing creative talent from Algeria, Bahrain, India, Iraq, Palestine and the UAE under the theme of The Human Senses
  •  Abwab Bahrain: Unearthing, Kingdom of Bahrain, designed by Othman Khunji and Maitham AlMubarak
  • Abwab Bahrain: Unearthing, Kingdom of Bahrain. The process of renewing the dormant craft is presented as the generating of a customisation process and interactive exhibition. Audiences are invited to partake in the renewal of the use of clay by manipulating basic and necessary shapes put forward by the experts at Delmon Factory whose craftsmen still produce by hand, to produce exciting new meaning for pre-defined forms.
  •   Abwab Palestine: Mass Imperfections. It is a project about monitoring and reproducing olive wood master carvers? hand-made imperfections, creating a low-cost mass customisation fabrication environment backed by a constantly upgraded design replication technique
  • Abwab Palestine: Mass Imperfections. Visitors will experience Mass Imperfections as a structure made out of olive wood elements that are small with respect to the structure they compose
  • Abwab Palestine: Mass Imperfections. The olive wood carvers use simple tools with which they fabricate a first model object. The project will explore forms whose design simulation take into account specific olive wood artisans? fabrication imperfections. On a community level, it seeks to create a framework promoting innovation through research in the Bethlehem olive wood industry
  •   Abwab Algeria: Tab tab fi zairwatam, Drumming from Algiers to Tamanrasset. The interactive experience of the Algerian pavilion consists of graphic surfaces displaying representations of sounds created through an arrangement of uniquely designed percussion instruments that compose a vibrant audio landscape
  •  Abwab Algeria: Tab tab fi zairwatam, Drumming from Algiers to Tamanrasset. Variations of the 'galal' and 'derboukas', traditional Arabic drums, are placed above mirrored flooring enchanting audiences with their reflections
  • Abwab Iraq: Excavations. The Iraq pavilion exhibits an exploration of the multi-layered histories embedded within this shared geography ? uncovering, drawing inspiration from, and reinterpreting its artefacts
  •  Abwab India: Memoir Bar. The exhibition invites visitors to make a personal memory tile, assembled into a library of memories. The interactive work is a witty exploration of whether it is possible to form tangible memory, and preserve an emotion forever
  •   Abwab India: Memoir Bar. Pick a memory and write it down on a piece of paper. Shred it into a fine form and watch it being made into a tile. This is the act of encapsulating a memory in an object, or solidifying and preserving an emotion forever, forming a library of preserved memories
  • Abwab UAE: Afaaq Al Mustaqbal. The UAE Pavilion draws inspiration from the cafeteria in an attempt to highlight the many layers of this cultural phenomenon

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24 OTT 2016
Located within the walkways of Dubai Design District during Dubai Design Week, Abwab hosts a collective exhibition of works by design talents from MENASA region

Named after the Arabic word for ‘doors’, Abwab is a celebration and exploration of the MENASA region’s diverse creative thinking and gateway to the region’s design talent.
This year, curators from Algeria, Bahrain, India, Iraq, Palestine and the UAE have been invited to take part, and given the rare task of best representing their country’s aesthetic by guiding their selected designers and studios to produce works related to the chosen theme The Human Senses.

This year’s Abwab Bahrain features some great examples of modern design on both a theoretical and practical level. Featuring the works of Othman Khunji and Maitham AlMubarak, the show is set to amaze. Khunji’s work looks into social behaviors within the Gulf region from an Islamic prospective, where the language of design can encourage and engage a religious re-experience, breeding platforms for dialogue in hope of provoking new schools of thought. Maitham AlMubarak is a young Bahraini architect who graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in the US. He currently works at Studio Anne Holtrop.

Abwab Palestine features some remarkable works that focus on the importance of the olive tree in local culture and features the work of Elias Anastas, a French-Palestinian architect and designer. Mass Imperfections is a project that experiments the capacity of artisanal mass customization to be faithful to a theoretical design simulation. The olive wood carvers use simple tools with which they fabricate a first model object. On a community level, it seeks to create a framework promoting innovation through research in the Bethlehem olive wood industry.

Curated by painter and designer Hellal Zoubir, Algeria will focus on how sound is transmitted through image by creating an interactive sonorous, audiovisual landscape that invites visitors to become musicians using contemporary Algerian design-drums.

Co-curated by architect/designer/cultural researcher Rand Abdul Jabbar and designer Hozan Zangana, Iraq explores its multi-layered history through the excavation site of found artifacts.

India, curated by multimedia artist duo Thukral & Tagra, will set up interactive ‘Memoir Bar’: guests are invited to deposit memories as a form of emotional currency at the ‘Memory Pavilion’. Thukral and Tagra’s works are a comment on the rise of a globalized consumer culture and its effects in India. Guests will be asked to write down a memory on paper, which will then be shredded and processed into a tile.

The UAE Pavilion draws inspiration from the cafeteria, whose direct translation is "coffee shop” in Spanish. The essence of its origin was to have a self-served experience to economise time and cost. The attempt of the multidisciplinary designer Salem Al-Qassimi is to highlight the many layers of this cultural phenomenon.