The Arab passion for horses is well-known, and Arabian horses are among the oldest and most beautiful pure-breed of horses in the whole world. His Highness, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai certainly doesn’t deny the fact. This passion brought him, in 1996, to give form to a visionary project - create a world-class racetrack in the desert of his beloved Emirate. Inaugurated in 2010, Meydan Racecourse is an imposing and innovative structure. Under a spectacular half-moon-shaped roof, covered in solar panels, there is seating for 80.000 spectators with a dirt track stretching 1.750 metres and a grass track which runs 2.400 metres. Every year, Meydan Racecourse hosts the greatest names in international horse-racing with 9 competitions, including the Dubai World Cup, the highest-paying equestrian competition in the world. And while Thunder Snow is the horse that, as of today, can boast of more records than any other at the venue - it was the fastest on the dirt track in 2018 and won two major events in 2019 - the jockey with the most victories is Texan Jerry Bailey.
In this new solo exhibition, Asma Belhamar presents an important body of work inspired by the architectural history of the United Arab Emirates. The exhibition is characterized by the artist's reflections on constantly changing culture and national identity.