And There Were Gardens.......

Jan 2020, Total Arts at the Courtyard, Dubai, UAE

And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,

Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;

And here were forests ancient as the hills,

Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge


The installation is a presentation of a landscape with actual fragments from the artist’s immediate environment and references to her imaginary garden, a vision of a dream, a fragment.

Dancing on Stilts

March 2020, Signs and Symbols, New York, USA

Dancing on Stilts & traversing the soggy ground
the blue sky is in the faraway horizon
and the memories of that fertile land is running in my veins.

- Shaqayeq Arabi

Signs and Symbols is pleased to present Dancing on Stilts, a solo exhibition by artist Shaqayeq Arabi. The exhibition features a site-specific installation composed of found objects and natural, symbolic material, combining sculpture with painterly elements to allude to shifting relationships between representation and abstraction, memory and materiality, structure and sensation. Read more...

Photos & video by Dariush Zandi

Fragments, notes & lines

November 2018, Total Arts at the Courtyard, Dubai, UAE


Shaqayeq Arabi’s installations investigate the fragmentary nature of memory and its relationship to actual objects in order to manipulate the understanding of our physical spaces. By combining sculpture with painterly qualities, her work points to shifting relationships between representation, abstraction and materiality. The exhibition encompasses drawings, paintings and sculptures by three artists: Fereydoun Ave, Shaqayeq Arabi and Ali Razavi.

Roots II

April 2017, Dastan's Basement, Tehran, Iran

“Roots” is a work about the concentration of energy in winter roots. Subterranean is the atmosphere; the life-force becoming dense. “Roots” is a show about earth at winter, its nurturing powers and the respect it deserves as a sacred element. It is the mother that gives birth in the spring. The two artists, Fereydoun Ave and Shaqayeq Arabi, despite having worked separately, have observed the same properties in roots and how essential they are to connecting man to its nurturing source: Earth. Following the exhibition at Total Arts at the Courtyard (Dubai, UAE), this is the second time “Roots” is being shown. Arabi, due to her installation being site-specific, has created it at the gallery.


February-March 2017, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran


“When I look back, the Garden is a dream to me. It was surpassingly beautiful, and now it is lost, and I shall not see it anymore.”

- The Diaries of Adam and Eve, by Mark Twain


Imagine the sensation of place. Not of a vibrant visual assault of colours and shapes, but of a feeling. An impression that tugs on your heart strings. An impression that is hinted at in its very absence. Felt in its loss. Heard in the soft rustle of foliage unseen. The gentle caress of a breeze on your cheek and sounds half-heard somewhere on the edges of your mind. Mohsen Gallery is pleased to announce “Elsewhere” an experiential solo exhibition by Shaqayeq Arabi, which sees the artist take over the 2 x 3 x 10 meter Pasio space of the gallery. “Elsewhere” will connect sky to ground through a sensory installation that engages with the intangible space between the real and unreal, waking and dream, that which exists and that which has been lost forever. Read more...