Alia Lootah graduated from the College of Fine Arts & Design at the University of Sharjah and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in art history and museum studies at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Since 2007, her work has appeared in exhibitions throughout the United Arab Emirates and globally, including in Bangladesh, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Lootah concentrates on painting and photography, but is also interested in curating. She completed a curatorial internship at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which is housed in Paris’s Centre Pompidou. Lootah has also worked as a curator for the Bait Al Banat and is currently part of the team working on the Louvre Abu Dhabi. She resides and works in Abu Dhabi.
According to Alia Lootah, painting provides her with an opportunity to consider every aspect of a particular image where light and movement emerge as her primary concern. As she says, “The ordinary is my subject of contemplation and time is my inspiration.” What I See portrays an everyday moment amidst rapid urbanization in an ambiguous, dreamlike fashion. Lootah photographs the developing city through the window of a moving vehicle and later translates this digital image onto a canvas. What I See presents a commonplace occurrence – driving past a city skyline punctuated by multiple construction cranes – which serves as a universal reminder of the constant changes taking place throughout the UAE.
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