x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

The Transients by Marwan Karout

Marwan Karout's paintings illustrate life's journey and also hints at the afterlife. Showing at Alliance Francaise, it is one of many exhibitions in Dubai waiting to be discovered

A handout image of an artwork for The Transients, an exhibition of acrylic and oil paintings by Marwan Karout at Alliance Française Dubai (Courtesy: Marwan Karout and Alliance Française Dubai)
A handout image of an artwork for The Transients, an exhibition of acrylic and oil paintings by Marwan Karout at Alliance Française Dubai (Courtesy: Marwan Karout and Alliance Française Dubai)

Although the whole city is gearing up to the annual art fair tomorrow, it is worth bearing in mind that you can find art in all corners of the city at this time of year.

Last week, we paid a visit to the Alliance Francaise on the Oud Metha road and discovered a charming exhibition by Lebanese painter Marwan Karout.

His paintings, dotted around the cultural centre, explore the loneliness of life and the over reliance on the physical and emotional baggage we take with us throughout our journeys.

A series of oversized suitcases show the powerlessness of human beings and in a second series depicting items trapped in glass bottles, the artist says it shows the futility of trying to pin down our memories.

Titled The Transients, the exhibition appeals to the many different expatriates that live in Dubai as well as perhaps the human condition, in which we exist in a place between life and death.

“I am not saying big things, I am just telling the stories of the people that I know,” Karout counters. “I am inspired by all the things I see around me.”

* The Transients runs until April 2nd at Alliance Francaise, Street 18, Oud Metha