Winner of Art Jameel Commission - in collaboration with Alia Farid

“Contrary Life” is a botanical garden of artificial trees comprised of six islands, each named after a different urban enclave where concentrations of these trees can be found: Sharjah, Guangzhou, Zhongshan, Shuwaikh, Zaabel and Ahmadi. The site-specific work riffs on our relationship to the natural world and are the outcome or environmental and social research on regional symbology, flora, and popular culture. The open-air installation is a collaboration between Aseel AlYaqoub and Alia Farid, and the winner of the first Art Jameel commission.

This installation will be on view at the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai until September 2019.

Tree Variations

Plans + Elevations