Quoz Arts Fest 2024 | Desert Displacements

Desert Displacements

Ishmael Randall-Weeks


The exhibition transforms fundamental geometric models into objects echoing the poetry of utility.


27_28 Jan 2024








Desert Displacements is the second solo exhibition by Peruvian artist Ishmael Randall-Weeks at the gallery. The exhibition, which runs from 11 January – 9 February 2024, transforms fundamental geometric models into objects echoing the poetry of utility. Each of the artworks showcased weaves through the domains of architecture and design, anchoring themselves within social and spiritual contexts from both Peruvian and Arab cultures.

In Desert Displacements geometric forms converge with elements rich with history and metaphors—walking sticks, stones, rulers, an olive branch or the figure of a falcon—all interwoven into a tapestry of historical references. From the architectural legacies of Bauhaus to the artistic symbols of pre-Columbian cultures, Ishmael’s pieces refract visions of past and future, highlighting a shared human experience across time and space. Through these narratives lies an exploration of construction processes and their societal resonance, connecting the artist’s personal inquiry with perspectives on the sacred and the ritualistic. The artworks become a contemplation on how physical structures shape our movements, emotions, communications, and dreams—an invitation to ponder the impact of form and functionality on our daily existence.

About the participant

Lawrie Shabibi

Lawrie Shabibi was founded in 2010 and opened its doors in early 2011 in Alserkal Avenue. The gallery initially exhibited works by emerging contemporary artists from the Middle East and North Africa. Over the last five years, Lawrie Shabibi expanded to include artists from other regions and generations known for artworks exploring identity, memory, history and socio-political issues specific to the diasporic experience.

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