The exhibition Over-Look-Over presents the works of three artists characterized by an acute observation of their surrounding environment, both in social and political terms.
Showcasing works by emerging artists South Korean Lujin Yoon and Dubai based Cristiana de Marchi along with internationally acclaimed Mohammed Kazem, the exhibition investigates issues of politics, environment, and their social relapse, from a detached perspective that avoids direct judgment or postpones it to and reflects it on the audience's individualized approach.
Cristiana de Marchi (born in Italy, lives and works in Beirut and Dubai) is an artist and a writer who explores (through performance, video, and installations of embroidered objects and tapestries) issues related to verbalization and translation, to the correspondence between physical and nominal dimensions. Cristiana de Marchi’s work is minimalist in its essence. During the past few years she has been intensively working on embroideries using a variety of easily accessible objects and materials, which we deal with on a daily basis including kitchen utensils, light home furnishings and aliments.
Lujin Yoon (Taegyun Yoon) was born in Seoul, Korea in 1983 and while still in high school, he moved to New Zealand to study abroad. He has acquired a large range of skills including installation, drawing, graphic design, painting, sculpture and photography in Whitecliffe College of Art and Design and gained Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008. After he moved to Philadelphia, American culture and contemporary art in Philadelphia inspired him to develop his concept. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts in The University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2012. The endless possibilities that everyday objects can bring to fine art excite him and that is the current focus of his practice.
Mohammed Kazem was born in Dubai, U.A.E. in 1969. He first studied fine art at Emirates Fine Art Society and went on to learn music, and attended national and international art workshops, as well as teaching painting at Dubai Art Atelier. Says Kazem “My work is related to the global transformations that are occurring today in the social, political, and natural environment. Through my work I reflect on the multiple events around me and raise issues closely related to specific aspects that have affected my personal biography, such as the changes in the UAE or situations I have experienced through my travels internationally. I am fascinated by collecting and documenting information about seemingly unimportant objects, traces of our present, within a particular environment, by photographing them and identifying and mapping their coordinates. I use GPS as a tool for drawing shapes, recording an item’s location, and/or provoking political issues by using this tool in various ways to create multiple dimensions of meaning.”