Rojas + Rubensteen Projects Presents “I Am Here” by Saudi Artist Manal AlDowayan.
February 23, 2017
Rojas + Rubensteen Projects, a contemporary art gallery and community hub in Little River, Miami, is pleased to present the exhibition “I Am Here” by world-acclaimed female artist Manal AlDowayan, hailing from Saudi Arabia. In the exhibition, featuring photography, installation and mixed media, AlDowayan explores what defines humans at the most granular level — our thoughts, bodies, personal histories, religious choices. While AlDowayan’s work was most recently on view at White Chapel Gallery in London, this will be the first comprehensive look at her work in the U.S.
Rojas + Rubensteen Projects is partnering with Florida International University’s Initiative for Muslim World Studies to utilize this exhibition as a platform for dialogue about Muslim art and culture. The exhibition expresses the concept that “On the heels of the inauguration, personhood will not be denied, concealed in fabric, or turned into a number on a registry … Acknowledging our differences, we all can nonetheless find commonality in our aspirations, in the importance of roots and in the inescapable journey from womb to death.”
The exhibition is co-hosted by Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.
“We are particularly excited about this show given the timing — it showcases this remarkable body of work by a Muslim woman, almost directly following the inauguration,” said Eira Rojas, co-founder of Rojas + Rubensteen Projects.
Aimee Rubensteen, co-founder of Rojas + Rubensteen Projects, said, “Although AlDowayan’s work is particularly about Muslim identity, it's also very poetically about the individual as a universal proposition. We are honored to show her first retrospective in the US at our gallery.”
Rojas + Rubensteen Projects is a contemporary art gallery and community hub in Little River, Miami. Co-founders Eira Rojas and Aimee Rubensteen are South Florida locals and graduates in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Their gallery is the product of several years of conversation about the art market, pop culture and politics.
Rojas + Rubensteen Projects seeks out underrepresented local and international artists to create exhibitions which engage with the wider world and current events. The gallery hosts conversations reflecting these themes with local scholars, publications and the multidisciplinary arts community in South Florida. Featured artists are steeped in a research-based practice, original in their modes of expression and work from an informed intention. The gallery values the artistic process in all media, consistently collaborating to encourage experimentation, the creation of new work, site-specific installations and live performances. Grounded in an intellectually rigorous curatorial practice, Rojas + Rubensteen Projects is purposefully accessible.