The NYUAD Art Gallery in collaboration with Cinema Akil presents “On Wellbeing Economies” – a film series curated by Raja’a Khalid. Khalid’s new installation “a.quiet.wave” commissioned by the NYUAD Art Gallery for the current exhibition Speculative Landscapes is rooted in her research on color forecasting and consumer trends in the Yoga industry. The proposed film series invites us to view the new economy of spiritual and physical health through a critical lens.
The artist says: “The films featured in this program cast a sideways glance at the emergence of the new economy of mind and body. With varying degrees of nuance, each finds something askew in our quest for a healthy life, a perfect physique, an unburdened mind and inner peace.”
As part of the public program of its current exhibition, Speculative Landscapes, The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery in collaboration with Cinema Akil will present On Wellbeing Economies.
On Wellbeing Economies is a film series selected by one of the exhibition’s four UAE-based artists, Raja’a Khalid. Khalid’s installation a.quiet.wave, commissioned by the NYUAD Art Gallery, is rooted in her research on color forecasting and consumer trends in the Yoga industry. The proposed film series invites us to view the new economy of spiritual and physical health through a critical lens. The series includes three films: The Cleanse, Yoga Hakwon, and A Cure for Wellness, and one movie per screening will show on October 19 and November 23 at NYU Abu Dhabi, and on November 3 at Cinema Akil.
The artist says: “The films featured in this program cast a sideways glance at the emergence of the new economy of mind and body. With varying degrees of nuance, each finds something askew in our quest for a healthy life, a perfect physique, an unburdened mind, and inner peace.”
For the screenings at NYU Abu Dhabi, an RSVP is required through https://www.nyuad-artgallery.org/events For the screening at Cinema Akil, tickets can be purchased at: https://www.cinemaakil.com/ Speculative Landscapes is on view at the NYUAD Art Gallery until December 7, 2019. Curated by Executive Director of the NYUAD Art Gallery and the University’s Chief Curator, Maya Allison, this exhibition features four new installations by UAE-based artists: Areej Kaoud, Ayman Zedani, Jumairy, and Raja’a Khalid. Each offers a distinct lens into the UAE and the region, and their work is gaining international recognition for its conceptual speculations on our contemporary world. Together the exhibition offers a landmark presentation of these important artists, both in terms of the scale of the new projects, and the distinct voice and perspective they offer.
About Cinema Akil
Cinema Akil is an independent cinema platform that brings quality films from across the world to the audiences in the UAE. Showcasing directors and filmmakers across the decades, Cinema Akil aims to create awareness and interest in film and the cinematic arts. Launched in 2014 as a nomadic cinema, Cinema Akil has held over 60 pop-up cinemas attracting over 35,000 attendees in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In September 2018, Cinema Akil opened its first permanent location in Al Quoz, Dubai making it the GCC’s first arthouse cinema. Cinema Akil’s flagship home is brought to you in partnership with Alserkal Avenue. Cinema Akil is a member of the Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS) which includes members from the MENA region such as Metropolis in Beirut, Zawya in Cairo and Cinematheque du Tangier in Morocco. Follow us into the dark.
About NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery
The NYUAD Art Gallery is an academic museum-gallery that presents work by internationally-established artists, curators, and scholars, to serve the intellectual and creative dialogue among the university and wider communities, via topics of regional relevance and international significance. The Gallery and its projects serve as a catalyst and locus of intellectual and creative activity through multiple venues and projects. The main gallery is a teaching museum, connecting the curriculum and the public. The Project Space is an exhibition laboratory for community artists. Collectively these two spaces, the new Reading Room, the annual Christo Award, the Campus Collection, and a series of original publications catalyze regional and international dialogue.
Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue – Warehouse68
Dubai, Al Quoz
Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue,
Al Quoz Industrial District, Dubai
From Sheikh Zayed Road, take the Al Manara exit (Exit 43) into Al Quoz. Go straight on Al Manara Street until you reach the traffic light facing Home Centre. At this junction, turn right. Continue straight then turn right onto 17th Street, before the Avenue. At the end of the road, turn left onto 6A Street for parking.
The closest metro station to Alserkal Avenue is Noor Bank station. From there, you will need to take a taxi to our location.
NYU Abu Dhabi
from Abu Dhabi: From Mina (port) area or the Abu Dhabi Corniche, take Sheikh Khalifa Bridge onto Sheikh Khalifa Highway. Take Exit 11 (same exit as St. Regis and Park Hyatt hotels) and turn right following the road signs to the Campus. Drive straight over the bridge, and then make a left at the first junction. Passing the campus on your left, make a U-turn back to access the parking garages.
from Dubai: Take Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road toward Abu Dhabi. On Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road take the Saadiyat Island Exit or Yas Island Exit onto Sheikh Khalifa Highway. Take Exit 11 (same exit as St. Regis and Park Hyatt hotels) and turn left following the road signs to the Campus. Drive straight over the bridge, and then make a left at the first junction. Passing the campus on your left, make a U-turn back to access the parking garages.