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Efie Gallery Will Host a Vibrant Discussion for the Dubai Calligraphy Biennial

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Efie Gallery enthusiastically announces collaborating with Dubai Culture to host a panel discussion for the inaugural Dubai Calligraphy Biennal. This engaging event will occur at the Museum of the Future, Dubai, UAE. The panel discussion comes five days after the unveiling of Victor Ekpuk‘s Passage to Promise sculpture, created for the Dubai Calligraphy Biennial.

In line with the theme, the speakers include Victor Ekpuk, Professor Rachel Ama Asaa Engman, Professor Awam, Alia Al Shamsi, and Dr Antoine Abi Aad. The discussion, expertly moderated by Rebecca Anne Proctor, promises an enlightening exploration of calligraphy’s diverse cultural roles.

Victor Ekpuk-Drawing Memory, 2016
Black paint and chalk. Image Courtesy of Artsy.

This session will delve into the intricate world of calligraphy, highlighting its pivotal cultural significance. Using the installation, ‘ Passage to Promise‘, as an anchor for the discussion, the speakers will explore the transformative power of calligraphy as a bridge connecting various cultures and local communities. Furthermore, they will demonstrate how calligraphy is a revered cultural tool, fostering dialogue and understanding. The discussion will also enable rich collaborations to flourish.

Additionally, the discussion will primarily focus on unravelling the mesmerizing journey of traditional calligraphy as it seamlessly integrates into the contemporary art and design landscape. Attendees will be able to discover how this ancient art form gracefully adapts, embracing modernity without losing its essence. Furthermore, participants will delve into the intricate world of calligraphy. They will also explore its transformative power as a bridge connecting various cultures and local communities.

Victor Ekpuk-Scape Goat, 2007.Acrylic and inkjet on rag paper
137.2 × 109.2 cm. Image courtesy of Artsy.

The discussion will showcase calligraphy’s evolution, emphasizing its innovative fusion with contemporary streams. This event offers a unique opportunity to witness the harmonious blend of tradition and modernity in artistic expression. Efie Gallery proudly hosts this enlightening discussion, fostering cultural exchange and celebrating the enduring charm of calligraphy. Get ready to be inspired as you collectively delve into the captivating realm of calligraphy.

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Rose Mwikali Musyoki is a creative writer from Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Finance from the University of Embu, Kenya, and is the founder of Bloom Inc, an art startup in Kenya. Currently, she works as a writer for Art News Africa.

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