Memoirs of a Mountain: Chapter II – The People


Nasser Alzayani


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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New York, NY, USA

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Art > Direct from the Artist > Folk Art & Primitives

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Q & A

Is it still possible to make tea using these vessels?

Unfortunately no, they’re rusted tins that used to contain milk used in making tea which is commonly used in the region. It’s called “Rainbow Milk”. I guess you could make tea with them if you covered them in a glaze haha!

Artist Bio:

Nasser Alzayani is a Bahraini-American artist who lives and works in Abu Dhabi. He is a graduate of the American University of Sharjah with a degree in Architecture. Nasser’s practice expresses an obsessive documentation of time and place, and the pages of his sketchbook reveal this preoccupation through drawings, writings, collage, and found objects. His most recent work explores lost landscapes and their preservation through memory.


Latifa Al Khalifa

Artist Statement:

Nasser Alzayani attempts to tell a brief yet immeasurable history of one mountain: Jabal Jais. In these three chapters, titled The Mountain, The People, and Other Living Things, is a categorized portrayal of elements that construct a recent experience of Jais.

The objects are remnants of a past, symbols of a present, and predictions of a future. The moment they are taken out of the context of the mountain they are frozen in time. No longer exposed to the physical forces of erosion, they remain as artifacts from a mountain that will never be the same again.