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Vol #1018 | Issue #0118 Thursday March 05, 2018

Canvas Gallery Art Dubai Contemporary

Canvas Gallery is pleased to announce their participation in Art Dubai 2018, showcasing the works of Muzzumil Ruheel.


In Between The Lines
March 20th- 24th
2018 Art Dubai

‘I closed my eyes and spoke to you in a thousand silent ways’, Rumi.

‘In between the lines’ is a body of work that talks about the pauses; the time between two words or sentences. It draws one into those subliminal conversations that take place in certain moments of silence where there is nothing, yet everything. It is this silence that Muzzumil intently strains to listen to as he asks the viewer to step into his fictional realm. Here he stands, immersed in a conversation with time, trying to resolve and negotiate moments of oddity. These are the occurrences that he has gathered within this body of work and using these thoughts, visuals and memories he is questioning time.

Every piece is a moment in time, attempting to make connections within implicit connotations. A faint smile, the flick of an eyebrow, a meaningful gaze, a pause - the unsaid is an exquisite and eloquent instance trapped in time. The frailty and ethereality of these moments is like time itself : perishable - for if time was not consumable , it would not be time...

About the Artist

Muzzumil Ruheel is a visual artist based in Karachi. He was born in Lahore in 1985 and is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Beaconhouse National University (BNU) 2009. He has been part of the faculty at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (Karachi), the School of Visual Arts, Beaconhouse National University (Lahore) and the Visual Studies Department at the Karachi University. His work is fuelled by the social fabric of society that surrounds him. From political developments to the incessant chatter of everyday life , his work seeps and weaves through all that is mundane.Muzzumil has established himself as a young, contemporary artist, exhibiting nationally and internationally. His work is part of important public and private collections.

Muzzumil has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. “Hearsay” (solo) Canvas Gallery, Karachi 2015, “Lost in his own garden” (solo) Grosvenor Gallery, London 2016, “The alternate life of lies” (solo) Canvas Gallery, Karachi 2015, “And his beard grew and grew and grew” (solo) Rohtas Gallery, Lahore 2015, Letter of apology (residency) Kaladham Museum, Vijyanagar 2014, “...but some of them never happened” (solo) Canvas Gallery, Karachi 2014. In group shows, his works were shown at the Karachi Biennale 2017, Pakistan, the Colombo Biennale, Srilanka 2016, "Digging deep, crossing far” Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin 2016, “In letter and spirit” Tarq, Mumbai 2016, the Young Moscow International Biennial, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia 2014, Present Re-Inventions, Grosvenor Gallery, London 2014. He was also a part of the Abhisaran Residency, India – a collateral event of the Kochi Biennale 2014. Earlier his work was shown at Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, Wip Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, Still Exotic, Collaborative Project, Cairo Documenta, Egypt, Space Invader, Aicon Gallery, London, UK, Grey Noise, Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai, Through Other Eyes, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and The Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK, Parallel Lines, Cartwright Hall, Bradford City Art Gallery and Museum, UK, Media as Medium, UDK, Berlin, Germany and many others.

PRIVATE DAYS (by invitation only)

  • Monday, March 19, 6.30-8.30pm: Art Dubai Modern Preview
  • Tuesday, March 20, 3-9.30pm: Art Dubai Preview
  • Tuesday, March 20, Jumeirah Patrons Preview
  • Tuesday, March 20, 7pm: The Abraaj Group Art Prize Unveiling
  • Wednesday, March 21, 1-4pm: Ladies Day Preview
  • Wednesday, March 21, 4-9.30pm: VIP Opening


  • Wednesday, March 21, 4- 9.30pm
  • Thursday, March 22, 4-9.30pm
  • Friday, March 23, 2-9.30pm
  • Saturday, March 24, 12-6.30pm