at Etihad Modern Art Gallery
in partnership with the Institut français in the UAE
Karine Roche, Annabelle Smith Bigno, Bénédicte Gimonnet, Nathalie Guéna, Clara Baudot,
Mioara Cherki and Isabelle Riou-Teisseire
Opening night: Wednesday, 8th March, 2017 at 7pm
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 female artists: Karine
Roche, Annabelle Smith Bigno, Bénédicte Gimonnet, Nathalie Guéna, Clara Baudot, Mioara
Cherki and Isabelle Riou-Teisseire.
The artists’ individualism across various genres will manifest itself in an exploration of the
different reflections 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
Institut français in the UAE is the Cultural Department of the French Embassy. It is
responsible for promoting French thought, creation and the French language, as well as
fostering bilateral exchanges and cultural, artistic, educational, academic and scientific
partnerships between France and the UAE.
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, our mission is to encourage the development of the Emirati
art scene, while building bridges between cultures with cutting-edge exhibitions and
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.
For more info, please contact:
Etihad Modern Art Gallery
email@example.com / 02 6210145
Institut français in the UAE
Chirine El Messiri
firstname.lastname@example.org / 02 813 10 38