(MENAFN – Khaleej Times)

Posted: Sun Jun 12 2022, 8:32 PM

Last updated: Sun, June 12, 2022, 10:03 PM

Ismail Sebugwaawo

Abu Dhabi

Kuwaiti visual artist and professor at New York University – Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), Tarek Al Ghoussein died Saturday in New York, at the age of 60.

Al Ghoussein was a visual arts teacher at NYUAD and taught photography and documentary photography.

NYUAD Arts Center issued a statement on Twitter following the death of its professor: “We are shocked by this terrible news about our friend, Tarek Al Ghoussein, artist and educator. This is a huge loss for the arts in the UAE, in the region and around the world, but also personally for so many people at NYUAD.

Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth of the United Arab Emirates, also took to Instagram to pay tribute to the great artist, who has worked tirelessly to promote art in the United Arab Emirates.

“Our deepest condolences to his family, loved ones and the NYU Abu Dhabi community,” Al Kaabi posted on Instagram.

Lateefa bint Maktoum, founder and director of Tashkeel, said in an Instagram post: “A man I had the pleasure of knowing. A man who guided me through the exhibition ‘Emarati Expressions’ in 2011 just before I presented my photography work at the Venice Biennale the same year. He was a brilliant photographer, a teacher and for many students a father figure. He may not have had children of his own, but I know the students he taught will mourn his loss as if they had lost their own father. The faculty of NYU Abu Dhabi and the American University of Sharjah will mourn him as they mourn a brother.

Al Ghoussein was a professor at the American University of Sharjah before joining NYUAD. He represented the UAE at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and in Kuwait in 2013.

The Kuwaiti artist has produced a large number of works including ‘Self Portrait Series’ (2003).


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