A leading figure in the ‘second generation’ of contemporary artists in the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Kazem has developed an artistic practice that encompasses video, photography and performance. Initially trained as a painter under the tutelage of his close friend and collaborator Hassan Sharif, Kazem subsequently identified with a conceptual approach, which merged thematic ideas with the use of repeating forms of objects in series.
Exhibited in Unsettled Objects is his artwork Keys (1995). With a touch of surrealist humour, the three-dimensional wood board is a simulation of the kind of board used in buildings to keep keys for its tenants. The board has ‘outlined’ shapes of keys ‘hanging’ on physical hooks.