Art gallery The Mine presents Martyrdom, the first solo exhibition in the UAE by Giovanni Leonardo Bassan. Stemming from strong Italian heritage as well as mentorship of fashion enigma Michele Lamy, the artist drives us to question contemporary viewpoints and perceptions with his latest works.

Private preview: Modern-day heroism portrayed on canvas

With the support of Sanaz Askari, founder of The Mine gallery, the artist speaks through the exhibition about identity and responsibilities as human beings and explores what we were and what we have become. Gold, considered a noble colour, is juxtaposed in the works against harder and more robust materials, inviting the viewer to review priorities and reconsider fundamentals. "I want to believe that my messages have hope. I want to invite us to be like phoenixes, rising from the condemnation. I want realisation and liberation!"

Private preview: Modern-day heroism portrayed on canvas

Martrydom is exhibited until January 2016, at The Mine.