When you Google “Arabian Art” you will find clichéd representations of history and heritage, or orientalist images of imaginary, mystic qualities.
The GCC that I have lived and worked in for the last 14 years is one quite different to the images I discovered on Google. It is one of innovation, creativity, and state-of-the-art development. However, in art, media, branding, and architecture, history and heritage are often still used to represent Arab authenticity.
Should authenticity in contemporary Arabian art be borne from national and resident artists’ narrative, experiences and modern cultural references or must there always be a reference to the history and heritage for it to be authentic?
In the abstract sculpture “Identity” – The Falcon Wing is proposed to create discussion and dialogue on what references of Arabian identity are relevant today.