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Photography to paintings: Foundry in Dubai announces its new season

Artists include Baber Afzal who worked for the office of HH The Crown Prince of Dubai.

Foundry in Dubai is home to art, glorious art. We’re excited as the art space, located in Downtown Dubai, has announced its new season of events. Visitors can enjoy four new exhibitions, which include photographer Stuart Lawson, fine art photographer Baber Afzal, multidisciplinary artist Debjani Bhardwaj and experimental artist Studio Lenca. 

Foundry is more than just a gallery – inside you can find a co-working space for remote working, a library with books covering all genres as well as Art Deco reading pods, and a podcast room that can be rented for up to 12 hours. 

Foundry is passionate about local as well as international artists, as it provides support to emerging as well as established artists. Here are the new exhibitions coming to Foundry in Dubai.

Baber Afzal

Baber Afzal describes himself as a filmmaker, visual artist and photographer. Baber’s resume includes working as a fine art photographer for the office of HH The Crown Prince of Dubai. 

Baber’s new exhibition, The Future Past is a love letter to Dubai through the form of images. The show includes iconic shots of the Burj Khalifa, as he beautifully captures the scale and magnitude of the world’s tallest building.

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Debjani Bhardwaj

Debjani Bhardwaj is the only female artist in the Foundry’s new season, and her new exhibition, Dreams Within Dreams, aims to take visitors on a visual journey. Debjani was born in Calcutta, moved to Dubai and now lives in Muscat. The Indian artist traded her career in finance for art. Since then, she has had a series of exhibitions in the Middle East and beyond.

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Studio Lenca

Jose Campos is the artist behind Studio Lenca. Jose states: “‘When people ask me where I’m from, I never know how to answer. Born in El Salvador, growing up illegally in California then spending my adult life in the UK. What does that question mean and why do people ask it?’ For his latest exhibition, The Dreamers, he draws inspiration from his past and his time at the souks in Bur Dubai and Deira. The paintings explore the themes of displacement and include portraits that tell the story of identity.

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Stuart Lawson

The British-born Stuart Lawson has lived in 11 countries, and went from working as a banker to a photographer. Stuart has captured everything from concerts to chess games. In his new exhibition, Dancers Soul, you’ll be mesmerised by his shots of the Bolshoi ballet. Admire the movement, grace and beauty of these ballet dancers, as his pictures offer a rare insight into the dancer’s emotions.

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Foundry’s new season of exhibitions starts from 12 September and runs until 30 October. 

GO: Visit https://foundry.downtowndubai.ae/ for more information. 

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