To begin the fall season, The Third Line invites guest curator Rami Farook to continue a
conversation about the state of the world today. Comprising of works from The Third Line, Traffic
and The Farook Collection and exhibiting at the two spaces, the show attempts to question and
discuss the state of the contemporary environment through artistic representations depicting
social behavior, ecology and psychology.
THE STATE: SOCIAL / ANTISOCIAL? is inspired by and, a continuation from, previous shows at Traffic
also titled ‘the state’. This exhibition resumes a dialogue explored earlier in shows held at Traffic: THE
STATE (2010), the inaugural exhibition, questioned the socio-political state post September 11; and
THE STATE: UPPERS & DOWNERS (2011) ran a commentary on the global condition, from an economic
perspective, with the city of Dubai as a focal point. This third installment of investigation combines
works from the collection of The Third Line, Traffic and The Farook Collection, and is exhibited at both
galleries to connect the conversations previously limited to one physical space.
This exhibition aims to move beyond mere presentation and aspires to act as a forum on socialization
and the current state of people and behavior. It also complements the launch of its online counterpart
www.thestate.ae. With a focus on the various social aspects of the current “state” of today, the show
puts a mirror up to the face of society for self-observation and self-reflection through the subjects of
the works themselves, as well as the social, psychological and emotional impact on the viewers.
The works featured at both venues examine the social and human condition by posing questions about
how society operates. Artists such as Arwa Abouon and Slavs and Tatars question belief in faith,
tradition, and ritual; Fouad Elkoury, Hassan Hajjaj, Ahmed Mater, Hesam Rahmanian document the
everyday in all its glory; Tracey Emin, Susan Hefuna, Damien Hirst, Huda Lutfi, Youssef Nabil and
Akram Zaatari depict emotional expression, nostalgia, and memory; and James Clar, Abdulnasser
Gharem and Aman Mojadidi address the aspect of the anti-social.
THE STATE: SOCIAL / ANTISOCIAL? takes the viewer on a journey of self discovery with the artworks at
its starting point, contemplation as its road, and self revelation as its ultimate destination - defining
society as individuals and as a collective.
Tarané Ali Khan
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