While the Coffee Grounds Settle: Stories from Women in the UAE


Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC and Dirwaza Curatorial Lab, an Abu Dhabi-based creative incubator, While the Coffee Grounds Settle: Stories from Women in the UAE features art works by a diverse group of female artists from across the UAE who span nationalities, generations and artistic styles. It celebrates and honors women who have contributed immensely to the development and progress of the UAE's vibrant and diverse creative landscape, while examining how indoor social spaces, like the living room, can foster community-building among women.


Dates: September 23 - October 14, 2022*
*Closed October 12-13

Hours: 11:00AM - 6:00PM

Admission: Free

Location: Fathom Gallery in Georgetown

1351 Wisconsin Ave NW,
Washington DC, 20007


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Related Event: Panel Discussion with AGSIW

On Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 PM, the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW) and the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC will co-host a panel discussion featuring the curator and several artists of While the Coffee Grounds Settle: Stories from Women in the UAE. This event will explore the crucial role of the female voice in the contemporary UAE arts and culture scene and highlight the participants’ own experiences in this space. Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba, President Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow at AGSIW, will moderate the discussion.

You can register here to tune in virtually on Zoom.