rub’ al khali desert


Every itinerary comprises three parts:
The first part consist in the artist’s journey itself. The concept of the journey is defined by Maria Rebecca Ballestra as research method in which she physically and psychologically confronts conditions of the environment, therefore she explores and experiences possibilities of divers viewpoints and processes.
The second part is formed of an artistic production indicating the insights, experience and research result Ballestra made during the journeys.
In the third part is invited a researcher to contribute with a written text regarding the geopolitical or anthropological contexts of the corresponding desert.

the journey: rub’ al khali sand desert
The fourth step of the project, Rub’ al Khali  means “Empty Quarter” and is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula.

the art work: Tabula Rasa
The multimedia installation presents the connection between the mystic experience in the Rub’ al Khali Desert in UAE and technology reflecting on alternative definitions of identity.

local partner: Maraya Art Centre
Since its inception in 2006, Maraya has offered the public an innovative exhibitions programme, showcasing the work of leading Middle Eastern and international artists.