22 February 2024–4 April 2024

A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose by Mandy El-Sayegh

Curated by Sara Raza

Part of Alserkal Art Week

In collaboration with sound artist Sami El-Enany and movement artist Chelsea Gordon

Starts 22 February 2024

Ends 4 April 2024

Venue Lawrie Shabibi

Warehouse 21


A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh’s inaugural solo exhibition in Dubai. The site-specific exhibition, encompassing painting, installation, video, sound, and performance, operates as an immersive environment for accessing multiple overlapping truths. Drawing from autobiographical Chinese and Palestinian symbols and motifs, alongside popular visual cultural materials and newsprint, El-Sayegh employs the studio art of bricolage interconnecting existing materials to create new meaning.

Borrowing its title from a line in American modernist writer Gertrude Stein’s poem Sacred Emily (1913), the exhibition underscores the reclamation of words, actions, events, or things. The repeated use of the word ‘rose’ reinforces the poetic nature of ideas and language, which is especially poignant in times of censorship and diminished civil liberties.

Engaging with interconnected themes such as poetry, migration, movement, rebellion, and remembrance, El-Sayegh’s art navigates through conflicting and fragmented ideas. Interweaving these urgent concerns, the works on view offer an alternative perspective for reframing current events, histories, and possible futures.

The exhibition is organized by New York-based global art curator and writer Sara Raza.