by: Maya Allison, Aisha Stoby, Adel Khozam, Bana Kattan, Hassan Sharif
Chief Curator and Gallery Director
NYU Abu Dhabi
This is a rare sourcebook for one of the most important contemporary art communities in UAE history. It centers on a group sometimes called “The Five” and their cohort of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers. Its members identified with a “new culture” of encouraging radical, formal and conceptual experimentation. Eventually, some of these artists founded the celebrated Flying House. “In the course of two decades, a small community of unknown experimental practitioners transformed into a group of well-established figures in the UAE arts scene. Today, most of the artists mentioned here have participated in the UAE Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, many are collected by museums, and they continue to develop their individual voices. Their path, as well as what they have produced, also serves as an inspiration for emerging artists in the UAE, a kind of cultural root structure for the Emirates.” Maya Allison Founding Director and Chief Curator New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery
With essays by Maya Allison, Aisha Stoby, Adel Khozam, and an historical timeline by Bana Kattan. It includes interviews with key members of the community, including Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Khalid Albudoor, Nujoom Alghanem, Jos Clevers, Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, Mohammed Kazem, Cristiana de Marchi, Abdullah Al Saadi, Abdul-Raheem Sharif, Hassan Sharif, Hussain Sharif, and Vivek Vilasini.
But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988–2008 ISBN 978-0-9935845-7-2