JESNO JACKSON GIFTED A MAGICAL EVENING TO THE ART WORLD WITH OCEAN LIFE

(Saju Nair - Dubai) The art fraternity has yet again experienced a one-of-a-kind phenomenal event on Thursday 5th September 2019 @ Studio7 gallery in Dubai. This exhibition stood apart from the crowd of commoners as it wasn't just an event that displayed art works but was also an event that opened the minds of visitors towards the conservation of our oceans and the role played by artists to inspire onlookers to conserve and protect them were highly appreciated by the gathering.

While we are passing through a phase of natural warnings in the form of calamities, this exhibition carries immense significance to bring out the truth of what's happening into the front seat to encourage and urge people to do what's right. When we start loving something we will try and do everything beyond our limit to protect and preserve them. The main focus of ART4You gallery to assign such a theme was to get the community to fall in love with our oceans and its precious marine life and to inspire its original beauty and its necessity in human life.

From left Ahmed Rukni Al Awadhi, Laila Al Rahhal, Jesno Jackson, Yasser  AlGargawi, Tasnim Salem Al Falasi
From left Ahmed Rukni Al Awadhi, Laila Al Rahhal, Jesno Jackson, Yasser AlGargawi, Tasnim Salem Al Falasi

Hosting nationalities from all the continents, The United Arab Emirates has given space to celebrate and cherish the diversified culture of various nationalities which is the greatest example of Tolerance. All of the communities irrespective of any nationalities, religion or cast UAE have provided platforms to celebrate and rejoice each and every festive moment to ensure even being miles away from their home country they don't regret being the reason of choosing this great nation as the second home of a massive expat population. Celebrating 2019 as "The Year of Tolerance" several inspiring events have been conducted by the Administration to create awareness and to spread the message of equality. The art industry has always been a great support for this initiative as there are frequent events organized throughout the year. "Imaginarium" also echoes the spirit of tolerance with the participation of 12 artists of 7 different nationalities.

Astounding artists from different nationalities successfully portrayed their heartfelt emotions about the oceans in a splendid array of colors on a canvas, taking the breath away of onlookers. It was a real challenge for the artists to portray such a vast theme onto a mere canvas but the result of that initiative by each participating artist was beyond spectacular.

The Immensely talented artist who has conquered the center stage of the magical evening with their spectacular creations are(UAE) Roa Al Madani, (Canada) Peter Farrington, (South Africa) Lindi Badenhorst (India) Renu Shivam, Jesno Jackson, Jaya Lakshmi, Anjini Prakash Laithu, Sushmita Sinha, Chitra Sudhakaran, Riddhi Jain (Singapore) Jaleela Niaz, (Iran/UAE) Nadeem Yaqoob.  

'Imaginarium' was inaugurated by Mr. Yasser AlGargawi, Director of Programs and Partnership - Ministry of Tolerance, Chairman of Dubai National Theatre who also plays a key role in creating awareness on Tolerance through various inspiring initiatives across the country.

Mr Yasser AlGargawi
Mr Yasser AlGargawi

Being an admiring leader the presence of Mr. Yasser AlGargawi was indeed a blessing which have really enhanced the charm of this gathering manifold. Analyzing the artworks detailed by respective artist, Mr. Yasser AlGargawi says "Imaginarium: over the ocean, above the sea - The sea and ocean has always inspired people. We are connected through the sea. Water is the source of life and this unites every creation. The Imaginarium exhibition is a platform to showcase our humanity and diversity. Just like some of the greatest civilizations developed near a body of water, Dubai is a city located on the shore. It is poetic for the Imaginarium exhibition to take place in a city as diverse, tolerant, creative, and dynamic as Dubai.

Thank you to ART4You for uniting artists from around the world and for reminding us of our humanity."

Sultana Farouq Kazim
Sultana Farouq Kazim

This wonderful evening was also graced by the gorgeous Sultana Farouq Kazim, Representative and Coordinator for the Museum of America's for the UAE. Artist and visitors were really fascinated to hear her speech wherein she with prude and excitement shared her experience of growth of this great nation from a pearl hunter to a vibrant, modern and business centered country which provides safe homes for 200+ nationalities of diversified culture which is greatest example of the significance of Tolerance. When asked about her views on this exhibition, she said "I'm so totally overwhelmed with the great effort that Jesno has taken to showcase to the young and future generation of Emiratis, the awareness and importance of the lives in the waters of the Gulf that affects our daily livelihood in one way or another. Be it affordable transport or exotic seafood diet or the sheer beauty of the sight of the waters, it is so essential to preserve this priceless Devine gift."

ART4You Founders Rengi Cherian and Jesno Jackson with Chief Guest Mr. Yasser AlGargawi
ART4You Founders Rengi Cherian and Jesno Jackson with Chief Guest Mr. Yasser AlGargawi
Jesno Jackson, Founder of ART4You Gallery
Jesno Jackson, Founder of ART4You Gallery

Rengi Cherian and Jesno Jackson, Founder of ART4You gallery has always surprised the art world with their magical curations and wonderful organizing capabilities. They have always ensured that each of their events have a unique recipe which will amaze the art world. Always rising to the current situation and to raise voice for social causes through their mastered curations, they have yet again raised their benchmark with the call of an art exhibition designed on Ocean which carries immense significance to the entire world. Curator of this magical evening Jesno Jackson says "Source of ocean and marine life is very important fact to protect, save and care. Understanding the importance of the calamities -flood, landslides etc, in different part of the world has faced several disasters. We feel that it was necessary for us to stand up to this scary scenario and to let the world realize the beauty of Ocean and Marine by which we expect the world to attract, love and care to the natures abundance. That's how we decided to host 'Imaginarium' involving works by 12 talented artists who have delved deep into the ocean of their creative minds and souls and translated the theme in their own unique styles and genres. The interpretations flow from gentle waves and the exquisite, joyful creatures of the sea, to fluid abstract seascapes, to its crystalline beauty. Not to limit myself as a curator and to contribute my artistic abilities to this cause, I also portrayed series of artworks related to Ocean and some of those heartbreaking creations related to flood which has recently ripped through my homeland - Kerala.

A close look by Chief Guest on to the stunning creation of Artist Peter Farrington
A close look by Chief Guest on to the stunning creation of Artist Peter Farrington
 Ms. Marina Antonopoulou
Ms. Marina Antonopoulou

Emirates Nature-WWF also joined hands with ART4You to give life to this fabulous evening where the visitors have experienced the scary waves and romantic calmness of Oceans. Ms. Marina Antonopoulou from Emirates Nature -WWF also hosted a presentation for the artists, Chief Guest and invited dignitaries on Marine Ecosystems for Human Well Being. Detailing the beauty of marine and its precious life and its importance in living beings has opened a new array of knowledge for the participants. "It was a great honor for Emirates Nature-WWF to support and participate in this wonderful event that brought together talented artists passionate about the oceans. Art speaks to our hearts and can communicate the narrative of our deep connection with the sea in a way that no words can achieve. We (scientists, conservationists and environmental managers) need to work closer with the creative minds of the UAE to communicate the need to cherish our marine ecosystems not only because they deserve our love, but also because of the benefits they offer to our societies, the air we breathe, our water and food, medicine, our cultural identity and a lot more." Says Ms. Marina

Roa Al Madani detailing her creations
Roa Al Madani detailing her creations
Ms. Tasnim Salem Al Falasi
Ms. Tasnim Salem Al Falasi

Ms. Tasnim Salem Al Falasi - Environmental Awareness Section Manager, Environment Department, Dubai Municipality who was also the Special Guest to the evening has applauded the effort of Jesno Jackson to create such a massive gathering and appreciated all the participating artists for their valuable contribution to the art world. Inspired by the event and artworks displayed she says "Ever since a young age, I have been fascinated by the sea and drawn to its ever-changing colors and moods. The exhibition took me there and deeper. I loved the exceptional style of presentation, which helped me experience the ocean in a different way and reminded me how important they are for us. The sea is one of the main environmental elements that contains a hidden treasure, together we can help the sea creatures and sustain its beauty"


Artist Nadeem Yaqoob detailing his creations
Artist Nadeem Yaqoob detailing his creations

The magnificent creations of various emotions of the Ocean, beautiful Marine Life, scaring disasters etc. in various medium and styles ornamented the walls of Studio7 Gallery which was a subtle surprise for children while the adults travelled back to their early years to recollect / refresh their memories which brought contagious smiles on their faces entrusting happiness and a variety of emotions which has also brought about a sense of concern when realizing the fact that we are indeed losing these amazing creations of nature by encroaching upon them for the benefit of humans. Any uncertainties of nature are habitually addressed as 'Disaster' but we must not forget that these are the 'Survival' measures taken by Nature to nourish and preserve for the generations to come.

While, with the support of modern technology we try and explore different planets to inhibit, it is equally important that we should not forget to give space for Nature to sustain its growth on Earth.

Moment of the event
Moment of the event

"Imaginarium" is opened for the public till 14th September 2019 @ Studio Seven Gallery, Oxford Tower, Business Bay, Dubai.

Televisionario2 is humbled by the invite from the founders of ART4You Gallery Rengi Cherian and Jesno Jackson to be a part of "Imaginarium" and we highly recommend the community to pay a visit which will undeniably be a startling experience.

Cheers!