Tashkeel
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
18 January – 23 February 2017

“New Chapter” expresses the journey of the artist into motherhood, marking a transition in the use of digital photography and editing to represent varying emotional and psychological stages

Tashkeel, the UAE and regional arts incubator, announced today that it will host the first solo exhibition by its Founder and Director, Lateefa Bint Maktoum. The exhibition, entitled “New Chapter”, represents a marked transition in the use of digital media to express the journey of motherhood in its varying stages in minute detail, from the conception to birth, including the psychological and emotional effects on the artist throughout the different stages of pregnancy and motherhood.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, 18 January at 7pm and will run until Thursday, 23 February. It consists of photographic works that represent a truly new chapter in the creative process of the Emirati artist Lateefa Bint Maktoum. In her latest artworks there is a noticeable shift from post-photography montage to digital photography, meticulously constructing the scene before taking the shot, resulting in digital works that capture the changes of daily life through staging including the artists’ personal symbolism.

“I had a need to produce these photographic works that transcribed the different stages and emotions I went through as I transitioned into motherhood. I feel that visitors of the exhibition will be able to relate to the works as they may discover emotions they themselves have been through, or one day will go through,” said Lateefa Bint Maktoum.

“This body of work is a means to capture both the fleeting moments and the lingering emotions of daily life that tell a lot about a family’s development as well as the memories we cherish,” continued Lateefa Bint Maktoum.

Lateefa Bint Maktoum is an established visual artist exploring the creative possibilities of digital montage, and her artwork is included in private collections nationally and internationally. Lateefa Bint Maktoum contributed to several international exhibitions worldwide, including in Venice, Washington, New York, Paris, Denver, Shanghai and Seoul, in addition to local exhibitions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

In 2008 Lateefa bint Maktoum established Tashkeel to support the UAE’s creative community. Today the contemporary art organization is committed to facilitating art and design practice, creative experimentation and cross-cultural dialogue. Tashkeel has become a haven for artistic development supporting local artists through studio facilities, artists’ residencies, international fellowships, a programme of exhibitions, events and professional as well as recreational.

Image: Family, 2016, Lateefa bint Maktoum. Digital collage on archival paper, 92 cm x 145 cm. An Abu Dhabi Festival 2016 Commission, Courtesy of the artist © ADMAF