SIKKA Art Fair showcases House of Islamic Art

SIKKA Art Fair is showcasing a House of Islamic Art, featuring incredible work from Emirati, UAE and GCC artists.

It includes a beautiful exhibit of Yoshita Ahmed’s lanterns, covered in silk, with the 99 names of Allah painted on them and hung from the ceiling.

Another contains a ‘Tawaf’ exhibition of contemporary Islamic Art by Siddiqa Juma in collaboration with The Ajala Project.

From live music and open-air film screenings to poetry readings, dance, improv, exhibitions, and large-scale artworks, Al Fahidi Historical District is transformed into a hub of artistic and cultural events from emerging Emirati and UAE-based creatives for Art Week.

The House of Islamic Art also features painting with Islamic zakhrafa and calligraphy via an exhibition and live sessions, while Khashab Design is displaying geometric patterns on wood.

Other displays feature Islamic-inspired furniture created by artist Zahra Valji for Ayah Home, Islamic garden sample textiles by Bani Colak, and two walls of 3D effect calligraphy street art painted live by Diaa Allam.

Jaber Al Haddad is revealing how to create Islamic patterns and apply Islamic geometry in the present day via informative videos, time lapses, sketches and live painting sessions.

The UAE’s President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan wants to increase collaboration with Saudi Arabia – so SIKKA is hosting a variety of exhibitions and activities that showcase the talent of over 20 artists from the Kingdom under one roof.

The house features Tamashee, a collaborative initiative for emerging artists in the fields of calligraphy, pottery, Islamic art and photography, as well an exhibition of works produced by Saudi artists who were selected as part of the SIKKA open call.

There is also a hallway that provides an introduction to the plants and trees of the Arabian Peninsula.

Scott Campbell


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