M’HAB, 2023

ADMAF Commission by Rawdha Al Ketbi for Abu Dhabi Art, as part of the 'Into the Horizon' programme.


Commisioned by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Community partner: "Into the Horizon" The artwork is exhibited: 22 – 26 November, 2023 / 2 PM – 9 PM Abu Dhabi Art, Manarat Al Saadiyat 30 November – 13 December, 2023 COP28, Expo City Dubai

  • icon Location
    Abu Dhabi / Dubai
  • icon Date
    22-November-2023 / 13-December-2023

ADMAF Commission by Rawdha Al Ketbi for Abu Dhabi Art, as part of the ‘Into the Horizon’ programme. Unveiled during Abu Dhabi Art 2023.

M’HAB (2023) – about the artwork

The sculpture layers the sound of wind, the sound of home, and the nostalgic memory of the past. As the material pieces stack one on top of the other, a distorted portal is formed, holding space for the viewer to stand in and remember … yesterday.

The spotlight emphasises the importance of illumination and self-reflection, serving as a reminder to take a moment to remember the past. The distorted ladder sculpture speaks to the concept of repurposing and finding meaning within discarded materials that hold memories of other spaces and uses.

Created from the scrap metal of previous ADMAF projects, it rises beneath a fan which shines a spotlight on the space below, creating dynamism in the artwork; a sense of movement and motion.

During the 2023 Year of Sustainability, the symbolism in the piece invites the beholder to consider the energy of the fan, while the ladder represents progression; a journey to reach new heights.

About the artist

Rawdha Al Ketbi is an Emirati visual artist. Al Ketbi graduated with a BFA in visual arts, and minor in Curatorial Practices from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University. Al Ketbi completed the prestigiousprogram of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship (SEAF) in collaboration with Rhode Island School of Design, for the ‘Community and Critique: SEAF 2018/19 Cohort 6 exhibition.

Al Ketbi’s main practice involves photography, mixed media and installation art, and she predominantly works with found materials and memories from abandoned places. Her work has been exhibited in a number of art institutions including ‘Darb’ Supported by MISK Art Grant (2022), ‘As Blue As the Abyssal Depth’ a site specific permanent installation in Al Faya Desert (2022) and ‘Tashweesh’, commissioned by UAE Unlimited at Maraya Arts Centre in Sharjah (2019).

Al Ketbi exhibited Neither Visible Nor Concealed, a collaborative installation with Ayesha Hadhir and Shaikha Al Ketbi, curated by Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian in Beyond: Emerging Artists program in Abu Dhabi Art (2019). A later Version of this installation was created in March 2020 for the launch of Foundry in Downtown Dubai, UAE. In 2021, As collaborations continued, Ayyn installation merged in Jebal Hafeet Desert Park – Abu Dhabi Art Commissioned Artists Visual Campaign.

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