The National Pavilion reveals the details of the book “Muhammad Ahmed Ibrahim: Between Sunrise and Sunset”

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The National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates has revealed the details of his new book “Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between Sunrise and Sunset – Artworks: 1986-2022”, which will accompany his next exhibition during the 59th International Art Exhibition at the 2022 Venice Biennale, which will be held from April 23 – November 27, 2022.


The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation is the official commissioner of the UAE National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Youth.

The book “Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between Sunrise and Sunset – Artworks: 1986 – 2022” will comprehensively monitor the works of the pioneering Emirati artist for the first time in his history, as it will deal with the biomorphic abstract paintings presented by the artist, his work experiences with natural materials and the creation of land art in the eighties and nineties of the century The past, and its technical formulation, accumulated papier-mâché in various artistic forms during the past two decades.

The book will be published by CAF Publishing and Distribution, co-edited by Maya Allison, Curator of the UAE National Pavilion 2022, Executive Director of the Art Gallery and Chief Curator at New York University Abu Dhabi, and Christiana De Marque, artist, curator and poet. The book will be launched with the opening of the National Pavilion exhibition in April.

This monograph documents the artist’s entire journey and the evolution of his works and artistic practices within the context of the UAE’s contemporary art scene, and provides a more comprehensive perspective on his contributions to the development of local art over four decades. Through texts and articles about the Emirati artist written by a number of prominent cultural figures, and through dialogues in which the artist was a party, the book delves into his worlds.

He takes readers on a journey in search of his inner self, starting from the beginning of his artistic career, which witnessed the establishment of the United Arab Emirates when he was ten years old. The two editors were able to explore the artist’s personality, based on their personal interaction with him, and recount his journey as one of the pioneers of Emirati experimental art through a rich research material that places his works today in its local and global context.


Laila Ben Brik, Coordinating Director of the UAE National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, said: “The vision of the UAE National Pavilion is to highlight the untold stories from the UAE through the Venice Biennale, which is one of the most important and prestigious artistic events in the world. For years, we have worked to publish a number of books accompanying the exhibitions in which we participated.

These have become academic sources documenting the local cultural scene, ensuring that the materials presented during the exhibition and the efforts of the participating artists are available even after the exhibitions are over. The books that we publish every year in conjunction with our exhibition are a cornerstone on which we build the legacy of the UAE Pavilion, as we always strive to contribute to providing new research materials that add more value to the local art and architectural scene.

This year’s edition deals with the first generation of contemporary artists in the UAE, including Hassan Sharif, Abdullah Al Saadi, Hussein Sharif and Muhammad Kazem, in addition to the artistic movement in the UAE during the late eighties of the last century.

Artistic value

The exhibition “Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between Sunrise and Sunset” is the fifth collaboration between artist Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim and curator Maya Allison, and is considered the third book issued by the curator on studying the works of Emirati artist Ibrahim. Christiana de Marche’s collaboration with artist Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim dates back to 2008, beginning with her supervision as curator of The Flying House (an institution promoting Emirati artists within the context of conceptual art).

Since that time, we have collaborated together on a number of exhibitions, and I also participated in the preparation and editing of 4 illustrated brochures that included his artworks.

Curator Maya Allison, Executive Director of Art Gallery and Chief Curator at New York University Abu Dhabi, said: “During my years studying art history in the United States, it was never easy to find sources on the art history of countries outside of Europe and North America. Rather, their studies were often excluded.

It was a pleasure to work directly with Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, and to learn about his artistic history from his perspective, and I hope to contribute to reducing distances and building bridges between the various bonds of artistic history, and to provide more access to the unique history of contemporary art in the United Arab Emirates by studying The artistic life of the artist Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim and his works.

Commenting on the book’s release, artist, curator and poet Christiana de Marche said: “I have had the great privilege of meeting and working closely with Mohamed during such a long period of his artistic journey. I got to know more about his artistic practices, and was so impressed with his personality and human qualities that it turned into a long-term friendship.

I hope that Maya and I will contribute to raising awareness about his artistic practices, and that we will succeed in documenting an academic and lively material, and shed more light on the moments and circumstances that contributed to shaping the cultural life and art scene in the UAE.”