Khalid Al Banna
In Dynamics of Motion (pictured), the artist reflects on fading cultural customs in the face of consumerism through fabric collage. Al Banna has ripped apart traditional fabrics worn by Emirati women and arranged them in a circular piece that is textured with beads, crystals and mirrors.
This interest in form and space was influenced by Al Banna’s academic background in architectural engineering. He developed his artistic practice with informal training at the Emirates Fine Arts Society and an etching apprenticeship with Yasir Al Duwaik. He has since given up etching, opting for drawing and painting and now moving to mixed media pieces.