On Tuesday September 27, AGSIW and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC co-hosted a panel discussion featuring the curator and artists participating in the exhibition: “While the Coffee Grounds Settle: Stories from Women in the UAE.”
Rand Abdul Jabbar
Rand Abdul Jabbar borrows from and reconstructs the ephemera of place, history, and memory – employing design, sculpture, and installation as primary mediums of operation. Examining and engaging with historic, cultural, and archaeological narratives, she interrogates the fragility of tangible heritage to create and compose forms that draw on artefacts, architecture, and mythology. Simultaneously, she explores and contests with individual and collective memory to produce fragmentary reconstructions of historic events and past experiences. Her work has been exhibited at the Shubbak Festival, SAVVY Contemporary, Rabat Biennale, Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans, Warehouse 421, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, and Jameel Arts Centre. She has also conducted art residencies with the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Warehouse 421, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, and the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation. Abdul Jabbar received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University in 2014.