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 „“  Layla Juma & Carolin Kropff


Layla Juma & Carolin Kropff



The exhibition will be accompanied by a text by Frankfurt-based philosopher Angelica Horn.

About the artists:

Layla Juma  is a multidisciplinary artist from the Emirates. An Artist as well as an architectural engineer, Juma is interested in compositions of visible and felt connections. Eperimenting with abstract concepts and physical forms, she explores links between elements of being. Her work is often open-ended yet balanced, where each composition presents a layer
of traced links.

A member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society since the early 2000s, Juma is among the third-generation of Emirati artists and takes inspiration from prolific UAE conceptual pioneers –including Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem.

Layla writes about her work:
My multidisciplinary practice incorporates sculpture, drawing, painting, and digital art. I am interested in geometric shapes and the composition elements of shapes, such as lines and connection points. To me, these elements have expressive qualities to create new and infinite compositions, as seen in architecture and urban planning for example. They are also elements present in us, humans, and can be used to portray the tiniest creatures and immensity of the universe.

My approach relies on several techniques, including repetition, incompleteness, and infiniteness, or continuity in which a number of ways remain to complete the work and read its visual interpertations. My application of repetition is to assert the importance of a meaning or to assert the continuation and continuity of a visual idea that may sometimes lead to the making
of something else. My work also references human qualities and human nature through carefully placed visual imbalances and imperfections.

In 2021, Juma had a solo exhibition titled Squaring the Circle at Aisha Alabbar Gallery, Dubai, UAE. She participated in exhibitions in the UAE and internationally, including From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in dialogue with the Emirates, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi (2018); Portrait of a Nation’, Me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany (2017); There Are Too Many Walls But Not Enough Bridges, Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland (2015); Emirati Expressions III: Realised, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2014); Mind - Dubai Contemporary, DUCTAC’s Gallery of Light, Dubai, UAE (2012); Singapore
Biennial (2008); and Cairo Biennial (2006).

Layla lives and works in Sharjah, UAE.

Aisha Alabbar Gallery

Carolin Kropff 's artistic work moves between the fields of fine arts, arts and crafts with a focus on traditional methods of production and socio-cultural aspects and art mediation. Her work includes various media such as painting, printmaking, textile art, and projects in the field of Socially Engaged Art (SEA).

Kropff explores the connection between personal experience and inherited, collective knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation. She investigates how images are created, the relationship between storytelling and assigning meanings, and the significance of the chosen material. She translates her observations and analyses into artistic processes that are informed by the chosen material, the medium, and specific production methods.

Sie exhibited in Germany and abroad, like: Inner City (G), Glue, Berlin, Deutschland (2022); ´Experimentelle Korrespondenzen´ (G), MACS - Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Sorocaba, Brasilien und Ausstellungshalle 1a, Frankfurt/M, Germany (2016);

´Paradise Lost´ (E), WOLFSTÆDTER Galerie, Frankfurt/M, (2014); ´Re-Represented Portraits´ (E), Laboratoire d’Art Beirut, Libanon, (2012); 2011 ´MinD´ (G), DUTAC Dubai, VAE (2012); ´29EXH´ (G), Sharjah Art Museum Sharjah, UAE (2011); ´FataMorgana´ (E), XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2010); ´Made in Tashkeel´ (G), Tashkeel (G), Dubai, UAE, (2008); ´Blachfeld´ (G), auswärts kunstraum Frankfurt/M, (2003); ´Stuttgart 17.7.1956 – Salem (Wis.) USA 3.3.1977´ (G), Portikus in Frankfurt, (1998); Kunsthaus am Tierpark (G), Dortmund (1994); ´Spektakel´ (G), Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund (1993); ´Kunststudenten stellen aus´ (G), Museum Beckum (1991).

Carolin lives and works in Frankfurt am Main and Bad Vilbel.

About the exhibition series:

In 2023 STUDIOSPACE Lange Strasse 31 is showing three dialogue-based short-term exhibitions. These exhibitions are subsequent to the exhibitions in 2022, 2020/21 and 2016/17.

Two artistic positions are shown in each case. As in a compartment, these "foreign" works meet for a limited time, enter into a dialogue, observe each other benevolently or reject each other. The juxtapositions are only be shown for one evening.

The exhibition is kindly supported by Aisha Alabbar Gallery and  Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main.

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