(1) Farhad Moshiri, Girl with Ruffle Skirt, 2018. Hand embroidered beads on canvas on board. (2) Farhad Moshiri, First Snow 3C. Hand embroidered beads on canvas on board. (3) Abbas Akhavan, Study of a Garden, 2017, Villa Stuck. Photo: Jann Averwerser. (4) Abbas Akhavan, Untitled, 2017. Ink on paper, diptych.

Farhad Moshiri and Abbas Akhavan

The Third Line, Dubai / UAE

March 19–April 14, 2018
March 12, 2018

Opening: March 19, 6–10pm

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Gallery 1
Farhad Moshiri: Close-up

March 19–April 14, 2018

The Third Line is pleased to present Close-up, Farhad Moshiri’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Farhad's new body of work employs his signature technique of hand-embroidering beads to form reproductions of photographs. 

In the monochromatic "First Snow" series which illustrate Farhad’s photos of a heavily snowed-in landscape outside of his studio near Tehran, the series appear as abstract renditions and are evocative of ink drawings. This style harks both to the artist’s early fascination with Abstract Expressionism as well as his later work with Iranian calligraphy. Much like the dot-matrix printing of newspaper photos and comic book illustrations, these also connect to Farhad’s fascination with the idea of pixelation that he encountered in Iran while browsing through censored images. The exhibition also includes several works that reference western popular culture rendered in the time-consuming tradition of Iranian craftsmanship, providing a humorous but poignant juxtaposition on the fastness and slowness of time. Close-up brings together these inspirations and curiosities that Farhad has spent much of his career engaging with.

Gallery 2
Abbas Akhavan: recently

March 19–April 19, 2018

The Third Line is pleased to announce recently—Abbas Akhavan’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. A collection of recent works, the exhibition lies somewhere between an open studio, an index, an inventory, a table of contents and a periodic table. Put on display are material explorations related to the artist’s ongoing research and concerns about the environment, animals, saints, weapons, and property, to name a few. Despite their overlap in materials and concerns, these works are shown in their own right without an overarching thematic narrative or a curatorial objective.

About The Third Line
The Third Line is a Dubai based art gallery that represents contemporary Middle Eastern artists locally, regionally and internationally. 

Represented artists include: Abbas Akhavan, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Arwa Abouon, Babak Golkar, Farah Al Qasimi, Farhad Moshiri, Fouad Elkoury, Golnaz Fathi, Hassan Hajjaj, Hayv Kahraman, Huda Lutfi, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Laleh Khorramian, Lamya Gargash, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Sahand Hesamiyan, Sara Naim, Sherin Guirguis, Shirin Aliabadi, Slavs and Tatars, Sophia Al-Maria, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Youssef Nabil and Zineb Sedira.

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