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In Process : In Progress

NYUAD MFA year one exhibition

21 May - 21 August 2022

Venue: Warehouse421
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Artists: Mahra AlFalahi, Liane Al Ghusain, Majd Alloush, Fabiola Chiminazzo, Elizabeth Dorazio

Presented by NYU Abu Dhabi Master of Fine Arts Program.
Curated by Dirwaza Curatorial Lab.

In Process : In Progress marks the midpoint of the inaugural cohort of the NYU Abu Dhabi Master of Fine Arts program. The presented pieces by artists Mahra AlFalahi, Liane Al Ghusain, Majd Alloush, Fabiola Chiminazzo, and Elizabeth Dorazio are the culmination of their first year of research and experimentation. In their studio and the classroom, they have surveyed and engaged with a wide array of interests: the environment, the notion of expansion, fictional creatures, landscapes, and movement in various forms.

The artists’ collective participation in the MFA program has enabled their processes to permeate each other as makers and learners. Thus, revealing a progressively dynamic framework for their upcoming conversations: examining the instability of the physical world. Within this effort, the artists’ practices build a vocabulary centered around dystopia, metaphysics, the intricacies of nature, life cycles, and devotion. Their works can be visualized in progressively layered conversations about the instabilities of space, country, gender, and the body.

To support these multiple explorations, video, sound, painting, pyrography, textile, print, and soft sculpture serve as their trusted mediums. A few of their artist books and archives also make an appearance. These collectively materialize distinctive approaches to research and practice, as well as artistic philosophy and language. Altogether, the presented individual projects generously amplify their artists’ conceptual thinking, and interact with a wider audience before being built upon in the MFA program’s final year.


NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has launched the first-of-its-kind in the region, full-time, studio-intensive Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art and Media. The MFA offers an individualized curriculum that is responsive to artistic, technological, economic, and societal shifts and needs. Its studio-focused multidisciplinary coursework bridges disciplinary skills and diverse bodies of knowledge. The program is structured to ensure that students develop advanced research skills for visual and academic investigations in contemporary art and theory.

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The completion of this exhibition couldn’t have been accomplished without the support and efforts of Dirwaza Curatorial Lab team: Munira Al Sayegh, Anita Shishani, Dania Al Tamimi, Daniel H.Rey, and Hessa Al Nuaimi. Special thanks to Warehouse 421 staff, and NYUAD instructor and students Dustin Foster, Vivi Zhu, Marta Pienkosz, and Majd Alloush.

With gratitude to Dean Awam Ampka, NYUAD faculty members including Deepak Unnikishnan, Jonny Farrow, Jill Magi, Laura Schneider, Sandra Peters, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Terri Geis, and Tina Sherwell for their continued support. Special thanks to NYUAD Office of Graduate Admissions, NYUAD Office of External Relations, and Ban Kattan.

Exhibition venue:

Abu Dhabi, Mina Zayed
Street Samrayr, Warehouse421
PO Box 62086
+9712 6768803
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© From press information, NYUAD MFA in Art and Media. Photos: Courtesy of NYUAD MFA (cover photo by Dustin Foster), and courtesy of Warehouse421.

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