Green Art Expo 2024 advocates recycling through diverse artistic perspectives

Aligned with the UAE government's COP28 focus in 2023, Green Art Expo 2024 emphasises recycling as a crucial challenge

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Photo courtesy: Muhammed Shafi Muhammed Ali
Photo courtesy: Muhammed Shafi Muhammed Ali

Published: Tue 23 Jan 2024, 5:06 PM

Last updated: Sat 27 Jan 2024, 5:45 PM

Green Art Expo 2024 — The third installment of Green Abu Dhabi, continues its mission initiated in 2010 to address environmental concerns. Suhail Jashanmal, an artist and producer, formed a coalition in 2010 and 2013, focusing on mangrove health and initiating a pilot programme with the government and private sector. Aligned with the UAE government's COP 28 focus in 2023, Green Art Expo 2024 emphasises recycling as a crucial challenge. The event aims to raise awareness of individual waste footprints to simplify recycling efforts.

Photo courtesy: Muhammed Shafi Muhammed Ali
Photo courtesy: Muhammed Shafi Muhammed Ali

Generations – An Art Exhibit about our contrasting perspectives on Sustainable Development is curated with contributions from eleven artists of diverse backgrounds, including two Emirati, one Omani, three Indian, one Austrian, one American, and one British artist, the exhibition explores perspectives on the UAE's growth and sustainability. Inspired by the UAE's Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's quote, “He who does not know his past cannot make the best of his present and future, for it is from the past that we learn”, this curated statement encourages public action. Funds generated through merchandise sales and art purchases will support a one-year pilot recycling programme in partnership with universities. Community engagement, as witnessed in Green Abu Dhabi 1 and 2, is crucial for the success of Green Art Expo 2024.

Photo courtesy: Muhammed Shafi Muhammed Ali
Photo courtesy: Muhammed Shafi Muhammed Ali

Green Art Expo 2024, a project of Link Design General Trading LLC led by Suhail Jashanmal, builds upon the success of Green Abu Dhabi I and II. Suhail Jashanmal serves as both an artist and the curator/producer for Green Art Expo 2024. The initiative is supported by the Indian Embassy of Abu Dhabi and Manarat Al Saadiyat, a creation of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi.


Andrew Wong, a paper artist currently residing in the United States, draws inspiration from his roots in Hong Kong, a city of vibrant cultural intersection where East meets West. Andrew began his career as a fashion designer in Milan after earning his BFA from Parsons School of Design.Transitioning from various roles in the design world to the realm of small businesses, life took unexpected turns and eventually led him to a transformative artistic journey during the Covid-19 pandemic, marking the beginning of his professional art career. Through his work, Andrew seeks to contribute to a more inclusive and enlightened dialogue, inviting viewers to join him in the celebration of cultural diversity. As he continues to create, Andrew hopes to foster connections, spark conversations, and inspire a shared celebration of our collective heritage, ultimately paving the way for a more harmonious and empathetic world.

Anjini Prakash Laitu

My name is Laitu AP, an 83-year-old Indian painter residing happily in the UAE for the past twenty-six years. I completed my certificate course at the Sharjah Art Institute and have been actively painting for many decades. I am proud to be a member of the esteemed Emirates Fine Art Society and have been granted a golden visa by the Ministry of Culture in Dubai.

For the past seven years, I have had a personal exhibition stand at World Art Dubai, one of the most prestigious art events in the UAE. All my portfolios are up to date. I am a regular participant in group shows and, in 2023 alone, took part in 35 exhibitions.

Azza Al Qubaisi

Azza Al Qubaisi is a renowned Emirati Jewellery artist, designer and sculptor. She got her BA in Jewellery from London Guildhall University and her MA in culture and creative industry from HCT. She enjoys experimenting with many materials such as metal and palm. Her work has been exhibited in art fairs in individual & collective exhibitions in different countries such as in Helsinki, London, Milan, Berlin, and Brussels.

Her work has been published in many books. She has received several awards including those from the British Council Young Cultural Entrepreneur award and Emirates Woman Award.

Genoveva Kriechbaum

"I see the WORLD in a grain of sand ” Genoveva is an award winning Austrian Multimedia Artist who has spent significant years in the UAE. Educated in the US and the renowned University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Genoveva’s work spans photography, sculpture, film and art books. Her work is found in collections from Europe and the Middle East.

Jasmine Pradissitto Ph.D.

Jasmine Pradissitto Ph.D. is an award-winning London-based British artist, academic, scientist, speaker, and holobiont who has a Ph.D. in physics from UCL on the quantum behaviour of silicon in fiber optics and has studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London. In addition to being a maker-practitioner, she has also spent nearly 3 decades talking about the power of creative and polymathic thinking through Art (Fellow of The London Interdisciplinary University, LIS, and The Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts) ) to alter perceptions and solve problems in new ways.

Her critical practice spans painting, sculpture, and technological multimedia and she is the only artist in the world licensed to use NOXORBTM, a newly developed sustainable ceramic (thought to have been used to create the highest blocks of the Egyptian pyramids) that absorbs nitrogen dioxide (NOx) pollution from the air.

Moosa Sultan Al Halyan

Moosa Sultan Al Halyan stands as a distinguished logo designer, recognised for his expertise in crafting official portraits of the Sheikhs and his notable contributions to the realm of Arabic calligraphy.

Renowned for his precision, Al Halyan extends his creative influence to encompass the design of models, cups, souvenirs, and medals, playing a pivotal role in the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. Al Halyan's versatility is evident in his mastery of drawing animated films, conceptualising intricate narratives, and portraying iconic landmarks through evocative murals. His professional scope further extends to serving as a designer for tourism projects and cultural centers, enriching these spaces with his artistic vision.

Muhammed Shafi Muhammed Ali

Muhammed Shafi Muhammed Ali, a passionate photographer, comes from the southern region of India, Kerala. Despite pursuing a career in engineering and working for oil companies across the Middle East as a mechanical engineer, his love for art, particularly photography, has been a constant companion since his childhood. Along the way, he has also dabbled in freelance photography projects for fashion shows and held art exhibitions in India.

What he finds most fulfilling in his work is capturing the beauty of ordinary things. He loves to use human elements to convey human connection, untold stories and unguarded emotions.

Salim Abdullah Al Kaabi

As a visual artist, Salim Abdullah Al Kaabi, a proud graduate from Glasgow School of Art UK, bringing a unique blend of artistic sensibility and scientific rigour to my creations. With a background as a petroleum engineer and scientific researcher, my artistic journey is marked by a commitment to innovation in the realm of art.

With six years of experience in this interdisciplinary field, my work has garnered recognition through numerous local, international, and global participations, reflecting a dedication to pushing the boundaries of artistic expression while contributing to sustainable practices within the art world.

In this exhibition, I am delighted to showcase my groundbreaking artwork, 'Sunlight Printing', crafted from materials meticulously manufactured in my personal laboratory.

These pieces encapsulate a fusion of artistic innovation and scientific ingenuity, employing a singular material in various methods. Through this collection, I embark on a captivating journey, simulating the historical, contemporary, and future landscapes of the Emirates.

Shahul Hameed Saludheen

Shahul Hameed Saludheen, otherwise known as Shahulart, is a Muralist and Painter from a small village in Kerala. He is known for his bold use of vibrant colours and is an extremely active artist in Dubai and the UAE. He considers himself an abstract painter, and considers Art a calling for him to spread ideas about Art to as many people that are willing to listen.

His work for Green Art Expo focuses on scaling down his Mural sized art into paintings about the environment for a home or commercial space. His affinity for large canvases led him to venture into mural graffiti, where his artwork surpasses the peripheries of rudimentary mundanity to achieve a notch of aesthetic novelty.

With a love for the play of colours, Shahul’s art is a reflection of contemporary life instances, depicted in a format that is discernible to the commoner and helps them draw a connection.

Inspired by renowned artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Edgar Degas, Shahul's alternate versions have imbibed his unique vocabulary.

Sonja Jashanmal

Sonja Jashanmal, grew up in Germany and has been living in the UAE for nearly 19 years. She initially was sent to Dubai to take charge of a research and publication project for Oxford Business Group, a country intelligence company.

Sonja started her professional career in this domain by completing an intensive 6-months internship and training program with one of the world's leading and most iconic dog trainers, Hans Schlegel, in Switzerland. She later also graduated from ATN AG, the leading German-speaking institution for ethology and animal psychology, as a dog behaviorist. Sonja has now been working in this field for the past 15 years and created her own company, Dogversation.

Throughout the years, as Sonja has been undertaking various adventure hikes together with her four-legged friends, UAE’s very peculiar landscapes and her passion for nature have inspired her to venture into canine photography.

This exhibit is a selection of photographs that she took over the years showing her dogs in different UAE landscapes. Those photographs do not only show the beautiful nature the UAE has to offer but also intend to inspire towards sustainable development as the country grows to respect and preserve it’s natural environment.

Ziad Salloum

Ziad Salloum is a self-taught photographer based in Abu Dhabi. Since 2008, he has undertaken commercial work with some of the key regional players. His portrait and landscape photography has been exhibited at a number of high-profile venues in the Middle East, including the American University of Beirut, the World Future Energy Forum 2012 in Abu Dhabi.

Ziad has sought to use his photography as a way to give something back to the community in the UAE, where he was born and raised, and in Lebanon, from which he originally hails. Over the years, he has been invited to participate in a number of key charity fundraising and awareness initiatives in the Middle East. For instance, he was a contributing artist at the first Green Abu Dhabi show in 2010. His work has also been auctioned at events for the Future Center for Special Needs Children in Abu Dhabi, the Umm El Nour Foundation in Lebanon and the Société de Bienfaisance de Beyrouth, also in Lebanon.

Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Time: Daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm until February 22, 2024


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