Zhivago Duncan: Never But Always


13 March – 10 May 2016 

Vernissage: 6-9 pm March 13th 2016

In Conversation: Zhivago Duncan and Arsalan Mohammed, 5pm, March 13th 2016

Meem Gallery presents a solo show of Berlin-based, Syrian-Danish artist Zhivago Duncan for our Spring 2016 exhibition, opening March 13th in the presence of the artist.

Zhivago Duncan is a multi-media artist who strives to challenge his artistic practice by testing his creative control. By diversifying his materials, he utilizes both traditional and non-traditional media, resulting in an oeuvre that includes large-scale site-specific installation, printmaking and photography, performance art, sculpture and painting.

In this new body of work, Duncan uses gold and linen, combining these materials with his technique of silkscreen to create a truly unique series of works. The combination of different materials itself is reflected in the subject matter, where Islamic geometry are super imposed with a guillotine in one piece, to Spiderman in the next.

Being a multi-media artist gives Duncan the freedom to let his innate intellectual curiosity guide his relationship with the world around him. Zhivago Duncan has exhibited with Contemporary Fine Arts berlin, The Saatchi Gallery London, Frederick Snitzer Gallery Miami, The Barjeel Foundation Sharjah, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany. He has works in the Saatchi Collection and the Perez art museum Miami. In 2012 Duncan received the XLVIII Premio internazional Le Muse, Florence.

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Arab Print Vol II


Works by Dia Azzawi, Kamal Boullata, Marwan, Mohammed Omar Khalil and the late Rafa Nasriri come together in Arab Print Vol II to celebrate the medium of printmaking. These artists, considered to be Modern Arab masters in their own right, were largely responsible for the development of print-making in the Arab World, and the resurgence of interest among young artists from the region.a

Arab rint Vol II aims to highlight different forms of print-making, from etching to aquatint, lithograph to screen-prints. Within the works of Kamal Boullata and Mohammed Omar Khalil – the eye is drawn from sharp lines and graphic geometric design to monochromatic, tonal works in soft hues. Marwan’s masterful etchings bring to mind the early works of Durer, creating lustrous lines of the human form. Artists Dia Azzawi  and Rafa Nasiri delve into the world of the abstract and the icon, creating works that are now quintessentially Iraqi in style. 

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