The Institut français in the UAE and Etihad Modern Art Gallery present Travelling Light, a group exhibition of seven French artists living and working in Abu Dhabi. The exhibition, opening on International Women’s Day (8th of March) will feature works from seven women artists: Karine Roche, Annabelle Smith Bigno, Bénédicte Gimonnet, Nathalie Guéna, Clara Baudot, Mioara Cherki and Isabelle Riou-Teisseire.

The artists’ individualism will manifest itself through various genres in different uses of light. In Travelling Light, the audience will be able to discover seven creative approaches that play with the effect of chiaroscuro.

Karine Roche conserves portions of canvas, which then transmit a luminosity through layers of architectural and floral designs. Isabelle Riou-Teisseire depicts light within the sophisticated and sensual drapes and folds of her subject matter. In Annabelle Smith Bigno‘s series, ‘No Words’, delicate abstract figures emerge from layers of textures permeated by light. The children’s portraits by Clara Baudot invoke a strong plasticity through the collage-esque treatment of the surface, infused with the heavy use of highlights and shadows. Mioara Corozel Cherki’s works, based on traditional Emirati textile art, also experiment with the stark contrast of day and night. Natalie Guéna’s golden brushstrokes emerge from a deep black and blue background, like dots of glimmering light in a dark forest. Bénédicte Gimonnet’s colour stripes are the pure embodiment of the prism, breaking up the invisible rays into thousands and thousands of colour mutations.

Etihad Modern Art Gallery (EMAG) is a multi-purpose art space and café in the heart of the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Established more than three years ago by H. E. Khaled Seddiq Al Muttawaa, its mission is to encourage the development of the Emirati art scene, while building bridges between cultures with cutting-edge exhibitions and international collaborations.

The exhibition will be opened by H. E. Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France in the UAE, and H.E. Khaled Seddiq Al Muttawaa, founder and chairman of Etihad Modern Art Gallery.