What if frescoes lose confidence? What if appetising pigments take over? What if scale is shaken and verticality defied? What if a wall weight is suspended?

Tashkeel’s Autumn 2020 season programme begins on 22 September with a solo exhibition by Chafa Ghaddar entitled ‘Recesses’. The exhibition shines a new light on the ancient mural-making technique of fresco by challenging the “wall” and the idea of completion.

‘Recesses’, which runs until 25 October, is a body of work resulting from a year of research and experimentation, which combines paper, painting, fresco and other media as a territory of skin, offering viewers an intimate and challenging experience of touch, colour, texture and material.

Ghaddar’s problematisation of the fresco technique in her work is informed by extensive research in this historical technique that she started studying in 2012 while in Florence, Italy. It was created with mentorship from arts writer Kevin Jones, and artist, critic and educator Jill Magi.

This is Ghaddar’s first solo exhibition in the UAE, and the third and final public outcome of the 2018/2019 Tashkeel Critical Practice Program (CPP) after Emirati photographer Jalal Bin Thaneya and Spanish artist Silvia Hernando Alvarez. It will be accompanied by a catalogue and public programme of workshops, talks and tours.

To view the exhibition*, booking in advance is essential via email [email protected] or call +971 4 336 3313.

Tashkeel reserves the right to reschedule any gathering in adherence to updated Dubai Government health and safety rules and guidelines.


Engagement Programme

Tuesday 6 October, 7–8pm & Tuesday 20 October 7–8pm
Artist-led Exhibition Tours
Free of Charge

Join artist Chafa Ghaddar on an exploration of the exhibited works. An opportunity to gain insight into the main themes and concepts of this exhibition with the artist. Limited capacity in line with social distancing measures. Booking required by email to [email protected].

Tuesday 29 September, 7–8:30pm
Kevin Jones in Conversation with Chafa Ghaddar
Free of Charge

Chafa Ghaddar and writer Kevin Jones discuss the Ghaddar’s art practice, exploring the ideas that shaped the exhibition, their ongoing conversation through a journey of mentorship and the new possibilities and ideas that have emerged through Critical Practice Programme. The talk will take place at Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba. Limited capacity in line with social distancing measures. Book your seat in advance or watch the live stream on Instagram @tashkeelstudio.

Saturday 10 October, 10am – 1pm & Tuesday 12 October, 6.30-9.30pm
Workshop: Overlay
AED 250 per person

This two-part exploratory workshop is an invitation to explore the idea of overlay materials and text. Participants will examine examples of frescoes and palimpsests and discussing readings shared by the artist such as ‘The Fold’ by Deleuze and ‘Poetic of Space’ by Gaston Bachelard. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with painting, drawing, building or writing. Limited capacity in line with social distancing measures.

About Chafa Ghaddar

Chafa Ghaddar is a graduate of Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) and later studied fresco and traditional painting in Florence. In addition to wall painting and surface finishing, working in murals, painting, drawing, photography and mixed media, she also explores the use of fresco in contemporary practices and other processes.

View Profile