Our programme presents new and established practices through exhibitions and commissions which develop new dialogues and explore regional interconnections. Guided by a research-led approach, Ishara supports the participation of South Asian voices within the lively art, culture and design community of the UAE.
The Ishara logo, a synthesis of the square and circle, is based on an ideogram by Zarina to describe the word Aasman, sky. This is one of 36 images from Home is a Foreign Place (1999), a key work in the Ishara collection. An ishara is a gesture, a hint or signal, a word common to several languages spoken around the Indian Ocean including Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and Swahili; the foundation views it as an invitation to be culturally rooted and accessible to the world.
Ishara Art Foundation is presented in partnership with Alserkal Avenue
Zarina, Sky from the portfolio Home is a Foreign Place 1999 © Zarina, image courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine