Watching and Waiting: A Writing Workshop with Mona Ayyash

25 August
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Watching and Waiting: A Writing Workshop with Mona Ayyash

In Mona Ayyash’s solo exhibition, ‘The Clock Doesn’t Care,’ she probes the tension between passing time and wasting time by studying repetitive, non-functional movements devoid of purpose or productivity. Boredom, the passage of time, slowness, repetition, and mundanity are addressed in this body of work. 


The exhibition design not only allows audiences to observe carefully selected video overlays curated by Mona but also invites them to become part of this  body of work. Their own non-functional movements are showcased through wall cutouts or windows in the exhibition space.


As part of the closing reception for her exhibition, Mona leads a creative writing workshop that mirrors the themes  presented in this exhibition. During the session, she encourages attendees to observe, contemplate, and write as performers engage in a fictional narrative that questions fleeting thoughts and the notion of wasting time, waiting, and doing nothing. Similar to live drawing, participants engage in group discussions and collective creative writing while observing people.


Open to ages 18 and above.

About the instructor: 

Mona Ayyash (b. 1987, Kuwait City) is a Palestinian visual artist based in Dubai, whose practice focuses on repetition, memorization, slowness, and boredom. She holds an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Her work was exhibited in NIKA Project Space in 2023, Jameel Art Centre in 2021, and Maraya Art Centre as part of the UAE Unlimited program in 2019. She took part in the Homebound Residency with 421 in 2020 and was an artist-in-residence at the Alserkal Residency for their Fall 2017 cycle.