We are pleased to announce that our newest FIND Fellows – Raja'a Khalid, Suheyla Takesh, and Ruth Impey – recently began their Summer 2014 fellowships. Raja'a Khalid and Suheyla Takesh were both selected in partnership with Campus Art Dubai and were announced winners of the FIND Fellowship Program during their CAD graduation. The three Summer Fellows will explore different themes pertinent to the historical narrative of the UAE landscape.
An MFA graduate from Cornell University, Raja'a Khalid exhibited her work in group and solo project shows in Dubai and New York. For her FIND fellowship, she investigates the complex nature of constructed environments within the UAE.
Born in Bakhchysarai, Suheyla Takesh grew up between Crimea and Sharjah. She graduated with a BFA in interior design, works as a curator at Barjeel Art Foundation, and holds regular workshops in art history at a local community center. For her FIND fellowship, she investigates and studies domestic household objects of pre-1970s UAE.
Abu Dhabi-based potter and researcher, Ruth Impey, received an MA in History from Edinburgh University and currently teaches ceramics and pottery in Abu Dhabi. For her FIND fellowship, she explores the ancient history of pottery in the historical city of Julfar by studying and creating works from local clay.
We look forward to introducing you to the Fellows through their ongoing process posts here in the FIND notebook, and – similar to previous Fellows - the results of their research will be presented through a combination of events and a future FIND Journal Issue. Take a look at the Fellowships page to learn more about Raja'a, Suheyla, and Ruth through their bios, and keep an eye on their progress throughout the Summer through the following hashtags: