Road Marking, 2017-2018, courtesy of the Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

Recent Alumnus Vikram Divecha '19 Featured in Group Exhibit

BY Audrey Deng, October 3, 2019

In Dubai, the Jameel Arts Centre’s first group exhibit, Second Hand, draws from their collection to explore materiality in contemporary art practice. Work from recent alumnus Vikram Divecha ’19 is featured.


Pieces in Second Hand explore traditional and non-traditional approaches to “making,” from manmade to machine-made, often incorporating banal and everyday objects into their work to construct new forms and ideas.


Divecha currently lives and works between Dubai and New York. His conceptual and collaborative practice has developed around what he calls “found processes”—those forces and capacities at work within urban systems. By realigning social and economic relations his projects often bring invisible structures into plain view, to raise questions about agency, ethics and value. Divecha’s engagements translate into site-specific works, public art, installations, video, photography and drawings.


Divecha’s solo and group exhibitions include Who Are We Now?, Land Art Mongolia 5th Biennial, Mongolia (2018); Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-Faire, Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE (2017); Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, National Pavilion UAE, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice (2017); Tamawuj, Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah (2017); Minor Work, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai (2017); Binary States India-UAE, Kochi (2016); Portrait Sessions, Tashkeel, Dubai (2016); Warehouse Project, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai (2016); DUST, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2015); InVisible, Public art, Dubai (2014).


Second Hand will run at the Jameel Arts Centre, Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai until Nov. 23.