Firetti Contemporary in collaboration with the historic glassmaking firm Moser showcases a unique selection of outstanding glass creations and a stunning fusion of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary art, celebrating over 160 years of Moser’s unparalleled expertise in glassmaking. Open to the public from the 22 June, 2024 at Firetti Contemporary, Alserkal Avenue.

Founded by the talented glassmaker Ludwig Moser, the company has been guided by generations of secret knowledge, creating perfectly cut works of art adorned with flawless engraving. Even today, Moser’s masterpieces are crafted by the hands of master craftsmen without the use of automated machines, preserving the artisanal integrity that has defined the brand for over a century and a half.

This event, held in collaboration with Firetti Contemporary, aims to celebrate and support art and creativity in the UAE. Moser will present a selection of exclusive pieces inspired by the artworks of local artist Salmah Al Mansoori. This limited edition of glass works features Salmah’s acclaimed series “I Reminisce in Colours,” which delves into the diverse landscapes of Ghayathi, her paintings from the series will also be on view during the event. From the expansive desert to the evolving urban environment, Salmah’s work captures the essence of the city that has profoundly shaped her identity.

Through her paintings, Salmah finds solace and healing, expressing her experiences and emotions through intricate mark-making and layers of color. Each stroke represents a fragment of her journey and a reflection of the places and spaces that hold significance in her life.

The collaboration between Moser and Salmah Al Mansoori brings together the timeless elegance of hand-cut glass and the vibrant storytelling of contemporary art. Guests will have the unique opportunity to witness these exquisite pieces firsthand and explore the artistic dialogue between traditional craftsmanship and modern artistic expression. Join us for an evening that celebrates the beauty of art and the enduring legacy of craftsmanship.

Salmah Almansoori is an Abu Dhabi-based multidisciplinary artist, born in Ghayathi, Aldhafra, in 2001. Her studio practice delves into the intersections of place and memory, resulting in a diverse body of work that spans site-specific installations, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and video. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art from Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2023.

A core theme that infuses her work is the concept that a place is more than just a geographical location—it’s a vortex for understanding the construction of our identities in the world. Almansoori believes that physical locations unintentionally absorb thoughts, emotions, and memories. For her, a sense of place can either connect us more deeply to our roots or lead us to question, challenge, or even reject our origins, culture, and identity.

In her creative practice, Almansoori artfully collects memories, whether through the fluidity of the brush and acrylic or by gathering materials and objects to serve as canvases for exploration through drawing, painting, and mixed media. Her body of work is profoundly influenced by her hometown of Ghayathi, the natural landscapes that stretch across the vast deserts, and the physical environment of the UAE.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions on her horizon encompass a solo showcase at The Warehouse, Dubai (2023), curated by Fatima AlKurdi; appearances in The Design District, Dubai (2023); The Foundry Gallery, Dubai (2022); Puertas Adentro, Punta Del Este, Uruguay (2022); and participation in The 4th International Digital Media Triennial, Poland (2021). Salmah Almansoori has also been an active participant in various residency programs, including Volume 6, Samt Alternative Art School Residency Program, Dubai (2022), MANGO Residencia Para Artistas, Argentina, and Puertas Adentro, Casa de Artista, Uruguay (2022).


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