March 21 to May 31, 2021, Dubai, UAE
All female artist collaboration
XLIX (49 in Roman numerals) a celebration of creativity and diversity in the run up to the UAE jubilee.
The XLIX art project was a collaboration of over 30 female artists. Griet Van den Auwelant designed one original clay doll, a mold was cast and 49 identical concrete dolls were created, each doll is decorated and finalized by one of the artists according to her art specialty. Each doll is about 37 cm high and weighs in at a hefty 7 kg as they're full concrete.
The empowering visual of the 49 dolls carries a strong message. XLIX represents the universal bond between people; we all have the same human bodies but each is a magical individual. The 49 dolls are the same on the inside but different on the outside. It is an artwork created by women working together and empowering each other, a symbol of understanding, harmony, and respect for differences.
The XLIX project was holding public exhibitions in Dubai, UAE, at Dubai Design District (d3), DWTC, World Art Dubai and City Walk.
The sculptures were auctioned, part of the proceeds went to the breast cancer program at Al Jalila Foundation