AMMAR AL ATTAR | PLAZA CINEMA
Stems from the artist's ongoing efforts to rescue and record the contents of decommissioned movie-houses in the UAE. Since April 2015, the artist has concentrated on Plaza Cinema, one of the first and most popular theatres in the country. Opened in 1972 in Bur Dubai, the cinema is now in the midst of being demolished, clearing the way for future development. The photographs, objects and ephemera shown here are abstracted, reconstituted and framed in a display that tracks the artist’s personal engagement with an important part of Dubai’s cultural history.
Ammar Al Attar has recently embarked on an intriguing research project entitled Reverse Moments. His chosen subject of exploration is the photographic studios of his native UAE. He started with the oldest ones, set up in Dubai in the early 1960s by Emirati pioneers: Mr. Jafar’s Al Ahram Studio and Abdullah Al Awadhi’s Dubai Art Studio.
As part of 2015 UAE National Day celebrations, luxury car brand Mercedes Benz recognized Ammar Al Attar with a short documentary video produced by Kiyany Media.
A bisht is the traditional snow white robe worn by men in the Gulf for formal business events, weddings, and celebrations.
The project focused on a school (Zaabil high school for girls) with more than 35 years of history that was vacated in late 2011
THE NATIONAL - RAMADAN PROJECT
Month long series on the month of Ranadan