Is This Tomorrow?

Is this Tomorrow? will now be touring to Dubai this November. Visual artist Rana Begum (Bangladesh) and architect Marina Tabassum (Bangladesh) will collaborate on a new iteration of Phoenix Will Rise – originally presented at the Whitechapel Gallery and supported by the Bagri Foundation – ‘focused on hope’ that will be created specifically for The Yard, Alserkal Avenue.

Alserkal Arts Foundation will present the exhibition in and around Concrete, at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, from 6-23 November 2019, in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, London. The exhibition, curated by Whitechapel Gallery chief curator Lydia Yee, responds to timely contemporary issues to offer speculative visions of the future through four pairings between leading artists and architects.

Is This Tomorrow? features experimental propositions from some of today’s leading architects and artists responding to issues we face in the 21st century from natural resources and migration to technology and spirituality. Their experiential projects take the form of environments, models, structures and systems, incorporating artworks, objects, film and graphics.

The interdisciplinary installations, environments, and pavilions by Amalia Pica and 6a, Cao Fei and mono office, Mariana Castillo Deball and Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, and Rana Begum and Marina Tabassum Architects reveal the expansive potential of collaboration between art and architecture, in line with the wider November in Alserkal Avenue programme. Is This Tomorrow? will take place in and around Concrete, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture-designed building shortlisted for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

The Exhibition was first shown at Whitechapel Gallery, London from 14 February – 12 May 2019. For the Dubai iteration of the exhibition, four pairings of international artists and architects will investigate universal topics including borders, privacy, living space, and our relationship with technology.

The Dubai iteration of Is This Tomorrow? is a collaboration between Alserkal Arts Foundation and Whitechapel Gallery, London. The exhibition is co-commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery, London and MAAT, Lisbon.


Nov 06 2019 - Nov 23 2019

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Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai

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