In this exhibition, the artist captures our quotidian and intimate gestures alluding to our deepest secrets and regrets.
Iranart: Ayyam Gallery has presented “Unsuspecting State” a solo exhibition showcasing Abdalla Al Omari’s latest body of work.
While this marks his second solo exhibition at Ayyam Gallery, it’s his first as a represented artist.
Stepping away from his characteristic sarcasm and semi-caricatural representation, Abdalla represents the mundane to express themes that are everything but that.
He captures our quotidian and intimate gestures alluding to our deepest secrets and regrets. Deep beliefs and the most discrete thoughts come through when immortalizing moments of everyday life.
The unspoken taboos emanating through the movements, sexuality, religion, and addiction, are all part of the conversation. All along, Abdalla plays with anonymity, keeping things universal: The trivial and banal shared by the ordinary person.
This exhibition continues until November 8, 2023. Ayyam Gallery located at B11, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai.
About Abdalla Al Omari
Abdalla Al Omari, initiated his artistic journey in Damascus amidst the Syrian conflict outbreak. Driven by his personal encounters with war, he explores the dynamics of identity and power.
In his latest collection, he veils the face, prioritising bodily expressions over identity, thus unveiling intricate psychological states. His scenes are set in everyday scenarios, capturing intimate, unguarded moments that reveal the genuine and universally relatable aspects of his subjects.
Photography holds a central role in his creative process, serving as the foundation for his paintings. Precise framing becomes the storytelling vessel within the image, offering hints about what exists beyond the frame. Omari manipulates perspective and angles to craft a realistic ambiance that draws viewers in. His work extracts poetry and aesthetics from the mundane, offering a fresh outlook on our surroundings.
Omari earned his degree in English Literature from the University of Damascus and trained at the Adham Ismail Institute for Visual Arts. He also collaborated with Syrian artists Ghassan Sibai and Fouad Dahdouh. His artworks can be found in collections worldwide, including the Barjeel Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates, the Fenix Museum in Rotterdam, Kamel Gallery in Syria, and the Syrian Ministry of Culture, among others.