Arwa Abouon

Arwa Abouon

Learning by Heart

October 24, 2012 - November 29, 2012

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The Third Line is proud to welcome back Arwa Abouon, with a new body of work that explores the artist’s own private journey in matters of spirituality, personal dynamics and human nature’s quest towards understanding faith.

As a thematic continuation from her previous work, this photographic series draws from the artist’s personal experiences and self-reflection, attempting to articulate such abstract and elusive notions as human emotion and in particular one’s relationship with faith. Through her photography, Abouon’s on-going spiritual investigation takes her audience into the systematic process in which the artist draws her conclusions about self, piety and her role within society. The artist reveals through her work that the most effective way of learning involves repetition, particularly through trial and error, ultimately leading us to our truest and highest potential.

Borrowing from historical Islamic adornment, traditions and idioms, the artist playfully highlights her introspective pilgrimage with the use of digitally enhanced photography. The subject of her series further underpins her personal approach to this study, capturing a fleeting moment of shared emotion of her greatest inspiration: her parents. Balancing playful humor, re-appropriation and respectful homage, Abouon’s work is visually intricate and subtle yet remains, as ever, powerful in its delivery.

Group Show

Summer Show 2014

June 4 - July 24, 2014

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The Third Line will be closing the season with Summer Show 2014, presenting a selection of artworks by artists represented by the gallery and those who have shown at the gallery in the past. 

With a series of media ranging across photography, painting, sculpture and installations, Summer Show 2014 will be showcasing the works of Arwa Abouon, Ala Ebtekar, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Golnaz Fathi, Hassan Hajjaj, Huda Lutfi, Laleh Khorramian, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Rhea Karam and Sara Naim.

Group Show


September 12 - October 27, 2011


Artists: Abbas Akhavan, Huda Lutfi, Arwa Abouon, Amir H. Fallah, Fouad Elkoury, Farhad Moshiri, Hassan Hajjaj, Laleh Khorramian, Slavs and Tatars, Susan Hefuna, Youssef Nabil

To begin the fall season, The Third Line invites guest curator Rami Farook to continue a conversation about the state of the world today. Comprising of works from The Third Line, Traffic and The Farook Collection and exhibiting at the two spaces, the show attempts to question and discuss the state of the contemporary environment through artistic representations depicting social behavior, ecology and psychology.

THE STATE: SOCIAL / ANTISOCIAL? is inspired by and, a continuation from, previous shows at Traffic also titled ‘the state’. This exhibition resumes a dialogue explored earlier in shows held at Traffic: THE STATE(2010), the inaugural exhibition, questioned the socio-political state post September 11; anTHE STATE: UPPERS & DOWNERS(2011) ran a commentary on the global condition, from an economic perspective, with the city of Dubai as a focal point. This third installment of investigation combines works from the collection of The Third Line, Traffic and The Farook Collection, and is exhibited at both galleries to connect the conversations previously limited to one physical space. 

Group Show

Figure/Ground: Women and Their Surroundings

April 20, 2006 - May 14, 2006

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Artists: Arwa Abouon, Doa Aly, Rana El Nemr, Mona Marzouk

The figure/ground relationship is one of the basic rules of perception. The premise of the rule is that the figure in a painting or photograph is perceived as a structured entity over a shapeless background. Despite the totality of an image being visible to us, our perception focuses on the subject and accords it specificity, while viewing the ground as a generic, inactive and secondary compositional entity.

Artists Arwa Abouon, Doa Aly, Rana El Nemr and Mona Marzouk, each in their way re-visit the figure/ground relationship and give it new meaning in order to ‘activate’ the ground both perceptually and conceptually as an entity that shapes and is shaped by the figure. Indeed, the exhibition seeks to reveal the ground as anything but generic, exposing surroundings that are culturally loaded, gendered and sexually charged.