The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, whose activities are being held in its 32nd session, celebrates the concept of sustainability as a central idea, by organizing a number of targeted events, to highlight methods of sustainability and international best practices in this field.
Among the activities, seminars and dialogue sessions that it will devote to talking about sustainability in its comprehensive concept, and ways to activate it in various fields, such as climate and food security, the exhibition will host a number of the most important international activists in this field, and perhaps one of the most prominent of them is the international artist Felix Semper, who specializes in the use of paper materials and friendly materials. Remarkably environmental, who is best known for his rubber-paper sculptures that simulate the mind, and his constant passion in searching for new ways to incorporate everyday materials into his work.
Felix Semper, during his years of experience, was also able to redefine the concept of traditional sculpture, as he succeeded in replacing elements that are difficult to decompose and are present in abundant quantities in our daily lives, and that would harm the environment, and are inconsistent with what is based on sustainability in its general concept, such as papers, books, wood and vinyl records (discs). ancient music), with the traditional materials used by most sculptors around the world, such as rocks, stones and trees, creating his own style that combines beauty and sustainability in the artistic masterpieces he produces.
Although his works and stretch paper sculptures derived from “pop” culture, they seem, at first glance, as if they are made of stone or solid materials; In reality, however, it is made entirely of glued layers of paper, cut wood, books and recycled materials, and its flexible movement gives it a playful nature that adds to it aesthetics that traditional sculptures do not have, and this unique character is not limited to his sculptures only; Rather, it also extends to his paintings, which in turn bear a character close to street drawings and “graffiti”. Visitors to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair can enjoy a collection of Felix Semper’s works, which he executed specifically for his participation in the activities of the 32nd session, and were inspired by Abu Dhabi’s heritage and history, its most prominent tourist attractions and iconic buildings, and attend live performances and workshops that he offers throughout the days of the exhibition, which lasts until The 28th of May.