“Total Landscaping”, the third exhibition of “Substructures: Excavating the Everyday” series  opens at Warehouse421

Warehouse421, the home-grown arts and design center dedicated to showcasing and nurturing creative production across the region, announces the opening of “Total Landscaping” curated by Murtaza Vali.

Using an ethnographic approach, Gareth Doherty explores diverse forms of knowledge that constitute landscape architecture. Each of Doherty’s publications, including Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State, expands the limits and scope of landscape architectural theory and design by considering human ecology alongside environmental and aesthetic concerns. Doherty’s research broadens discussions on ethnography and participatory methods by asking how a socio-cultural perspective can inspire design innovations. Consequently, his work challenges and expands the canons upon which we understand landscape architecture.

Total Landscaping investigates the ways in which plant life is commonly understood, encountered, represented and consumed in the Gulf, and within similar emergent urban formations across the global south. It focuses on instances when the unruly vitality of flora is arrested in the service of capitalism and politics, a process that abstracts and reduces it to a color, a verb and an image. Participating artists include: Layan Attari, Iftikhar and Elizabeth Dadi, GCC, Mohamed Khalid, Ho Rui An

Hind Mezaina (with Todd Reisz), Farah Al-Qasimi, Stephanie Syjuco, and Yee I-Lann

The exhibition program includes a talk on April 27 by artists Layan Attari, Mohamed Khalid, and Stephanie Syjuco. To register for the talk,

Total Landscaping follows “Float: Stephanie Comilang” and “The Stonebreakers” in the four part series “Substructures: Excavating the Everyday.” The series investigates some of the infrastructures that shape the spaces, contours and rhythms of Gulf urbanism, revealing forms and networks so embedded within the Khaleeji quotidian that they are commonly overlooked. The exhibition runs from April 10 – June 13, 2021.

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