1971 Announces Fashcultivate

Nov 03,2019

1971 design space, a multi-functional design space dedicated to the display and discussion of all forms of contemporary design, today announces Fashcultivate will open the public on November 2 at 1971 - Design Space.

The exhibition, which is curated by Khulood Thani and Fatma Al Mahmoud, Head of 1971 - Design Space, highlights the date palm as a symbol of the UAE and a cherished natural gift, using it as a source of inspiration for artists and designers to create commissioned design pieces.

Fashcultivate features the work of some of the region’s most exciting artists and designers bringing together Emirati designers Khalid Mezaina, Asma Al Mazrouie, Maryam Omaira and Hessa Al Suwaidi, with renowned regional designers Faissal El Malak, Shahd Al Shehail and Hala Kaiksow. The designers were invited to work on commissioned contemporary design and textile pieces referencing the date palm’s various functions, structures and haptics.

Emirati interior and product designer, Alya Al Ghfeli, has also been commissioned to create a bespoke design for the exhibition itself, incorporating the theme of the date palm and reflecting it in a unique exhibition layout. 

As part of the exhibition, the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council has also commissioned research, directed by the curators and conducted by Dr Sandra Piesik, to explore the use of sustainable materials, fabricated out of the date palm, to encourage the development of climate-friendly production. Dr Piesik’s research also explores the means through which we can use 21st-century technology, and contemporary art, to re-engage with the 7,000-year-old date palm and its cultural significance.

Fatma Al Mahmoud, Head of 1971 - Design Space, said “The celebration of the date palm was key for me and Khulood, as curators. We will always have a deep connection to the date palm due to how these trees have provided, and continue to provide, for our communities in this region including as a source of nutrition, shelter, and materials for everyday tools.

“The works in the exhibition, the design of the exhibition and the concept of the Palm Fabric Textile Research Development have all exceeded our expectations and we are thrilled to be able to share this exhibition with the public.” She added.

The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, November 2, at 4:30 pm. The opening will be followed by a public talk, discussing sustainability in design practise, moderated by the Co-curator Fatma Al Mahmoud and featuring Khulood Thani, Nada Taryam, Co-founder of Architecture + Other Things and Director of Civil and Architectural Projects at Bee’ah, and participating designers Hala Kaiksow, Faissal El Malak. The talk will begin at 6 pm.


The exhibition is free to attend and open to all and will run until February 8, 2020.