New photo exhibition launches at New York University Abu Dhabi

Snapshots of Asian life captured in eye-opening series kicking off next week

One of Abu Dhabi’s coolest culture spots is serving up another flash of inspiration – after launching a brand new exhibition bringing the sights and sounds of Asia to the Middle East.

The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi is showcasing work from one of its own talented crop, Wendy Bednarz, an Arts and New Media Professor at the university, at its alternative venue, Project Space, starting next week.

The Palimpsest Series will present an audio-visual experience, with photographs from Sri Lanka, India and Myanmar accompanied by a stirring soundtrack of 183 sonic threads, including rainstorms, synthesized drones and Indian chanting.

Artist Wendy Bednarz said, “Each Palimpsest photograph is a compressed memory, in which by retelling stories that I do not fully understand, I change information and rationalize according to my own beliefs, biases and cultural background. Memories and fantasies are intertwined, crossing over and interfering with each other, becoming enhanced and distorted with each recollection as I selectively composite each Palimpsest image to reflect my version of the truth, as if changing the lyrics to a well-known song.”

The exhibition will be on display at Project Space, anon-commercial art space set up to promote art in the community, from October 18 until November 6.

Open Sat-Thu 3pm-10pm, Oct 18-Nov 6. The Project Space, NYU Abu Dhabi (inside the Arts Centre), Saadiyat Island,

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