UAE-Based Artists Share Their Representations of the COVID Experience in an Upcoming Exhibition

Lindsay Judge   |   22-11-2020

Tashkeel is hosting a new exhibition at its gallery space in Dubai.


The exhibition title COVID Conversations invited over 40 UAE-based artists and designers to present their interpretation of the unusual year we have all experienced.


Mental health, mortality, loss, faith, isolation, family, and personal identity will be amongst the several issues that the exhibition will reflect on, giving the artists the opportunity to express the rollercoaster of emotions the world has experienced throughout this time.



162 artists applied to take part in the exhibition and the 40 chosen participants while all UAE-based come from a range of nationalities including Egyptian, Iranian, Brazilian, Spanish, South Korean and French. Exhibiting artists include names such as Boushra Almutawakel, Saeed Al Madani, Sawsan Al Bahar, Ana Escobar, Debjani Bhardwaj, Ichraq Bouzidi, Khalid Al Banna, Michael Rice, Azza Al Qubaisi, Nouf Al Jadhami & Ali Dawi, Ji-hye Kim, Becky Beamer, Altamash Urooj, and Stephanie Neville.


Tashkeel was humbled by the incredible response from UAE’s art and design community to this open call – which is a testament to the overwhelming creativity expressed in the face of, and because of, such adversity. After extensive deliberation, the works selected signify the capacity of humanity to overcome and endure. Journeys of love, loss, introspection, communal strength, and experimentation are captured through an array of mediums that celebrate the importance and power of creative expression in times of crisis,” said Lisa Ball-Lechgar, the deputy director of Tashkeel.


The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of talks, tours and workshops delivered both online and live at the Tashkeel exhibition space in Dubai.


Running from 8th December 2020 until 4th January 2021, COVID Conversations will be open from 10am to 8pm, every day except Friday and public holidays. Admission is free. Booking in advance is essential via email or call +971 4 336 3313. Guided tours available upon request. For details, visit