Dubai-based, multidisciplinary artist Janna Soueidan visited three art galleries within the city and met up with the curators to get a deeper understanding of its art world.
“The feeling I get when walking into an art gallery is a form of escapism. To me, galleries provide a respite from the noise and chaos of my everyday life, offering me a space of contemplation and introspection,” Soueidan explains. “The second I walk into one, I suddenly feel a sense of inspiration, wonder and joy that I can’t compare to any other experience. It can sometimes be emotional, discovering new artists or pieces that resonate with me on a personal level.”
It’s the feelings evoked and conversations that they create within the spaces that display the emotions, history and storytelling of the artist themselves which hold a place close to her heart. “As an artist myself, I’ve always dreamt of having my work displayed in art galleries and I’ve always wondered about the curatorial process and the role that curators play in creating such a beautiful space,” she says.
Kwame Mintah – Efie Gallery
Founded by Ghanaian family, Valentina, Kwame and Kobi Mintah, Efie Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Al Khayat Art Avenue in Dubai. This gallery specializes in representation and promotion of African artists who are based in the continent as well as its global diaspora. Since its founding in 2021 and its permanent space opening in 2022, the gallery is recognized as a global platform for some of the most significant African artists. In order to celebrate the fusion of music and art, the space also has the gallery founders’ eclectic collection of rare records located on the top floor.
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