Guest Project
September 22, 2021–December 31, 2021

Homecoming | A Space For You

September 22, 2021–December 31, 2021 | Alserkal Avenue

Starts September 22, 2021

Ends December 31, 2021

Venue Alserkal Avenue

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The celebratory intervention Homecoming takes over Alserkal Avenue from September to December 2021 to welcome audiences back to Alserkal Avenue for the fall season. The project launches with three works by Artist Lakwena Maciver: Lift you Higher and Just Passing Through, which appear at the pedestrian entrance, while The Best is Yet to Come embellishes the outer facade on the corner of 17th Street and First Al Khail Street.

Homecoming | A space for you is Curator Janine Gaëlle Dieudji's (France/Cameroon) response to Alserkal Arts Foundation’s invitation to reinvigorate our public realm. The series, featuring works by Lakwena Maciver (UK), Kameelah Janan Rasheed (USA) and Augustine Paredes (Philippines/UAE), deploys the power of language through the capacity of text-based artworks to inhabit physical and psychological space, generating a collective experience while acknowledging the importance of identity and self-recognition.

Lakwena Maciver

The Best is Yet to Come

Installation shot at Alserkal Avenue

Dubai, 2021

Lakwena Maciver

Lift you Higher

Installation shot at Alserkal Avenue

Dubai, 2021

Lakwena Maciver

Just Passing Through

Installation shot at Alserkal Avenue

Dubai, 2021

Biographies

Janine Gaëlle Dieudji is currently Exhibitions Director at the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakesh (Morocco). As a cultural activist and multilocal, at MACAAL she’s committed to building an inclusive museum, through the curation and production of exhibitions, as well as educational programs and artists residencies. A native of France and Cameroon, Janine moved to Florence (Italy) in 2011 and has gained a broad range of experience in arts and culture over the years.

Experiences include exhibitions and projects in collaboration with Le Murate Art District, American Academy in Rome, Villa Romana, Gallerie degli Uffizi as Co-director and Vice-President of the cultural association BHMF (Black History Month Florence).

Lakwena means ‘messenger of the chief’ in the northern Ugandan language Acholi. Born in 1986, her name is reflected in her artistic practice, which is concerned with messages. Utilising bright colour and bold text, her eye-catching paintings explore and gently subvert ideas relating to decolonisation, redemption, escapism, afrofuturism, and utopia.

Currently based in London, her work has been shown internationally in cities including London, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and more. Perhaps best known for her murals, her work has also appeared in public spaces from Tate Britain, Somerset House, Facebook and the Southbank Centre in London, to the Bowery Wall in New York, a juvenile detention centre in Arkansas and a monastery in Vienna.