The eleventh edition of Art Dubai 2017 opens its doors to the public today and here’s what’s in store at Madinat Jumeirah:
Art Dubai Commissions
Focusing exclusively on performance art in 2017, the programme includes a series of five specially commissioned performances, curated by guest curator Yasmina Reggad, and presented by international artists, Manuel Pelmus, Lana Fahmi, Egle Budvytyte, Iván Argote and Pauline Bastard.
In addition to the Commissions programme, visitors will be able to experience a dance piece, created in homage to recently deceased Emirati artist Hassan Sharif and based on his diagrams, instructions and performance archive.
Art Dubai Projects: ‘The Room: Cooking Liberty’
Hosted in Art Dubai’s The Room, Cooking Liberty is a visual and gastronomic experience presented by Beirut-based art collective Atfal Ahdath, whose founding members are Vartan Avakian, Hatem Imam and Raed Yassin.
Taking cues from Salvador Dali’s cookbook, Les Diners de Gala, and through exaggeration and repetition, Atfal Ahdath invites guests to experience their new, live visceral installation by day. By night, the collective will welcome guests with edible dreams in an immersive setting reminiscent of a grandiose banquet, a truly Surrealist experience that plays with familiarity and expectation.
Art Dubai Projects: ‘Ghariba/Stranger’
Art Dubai has commissioned Moroccan-born, Brooklyn-based artist Meriem Bennani, to create an interactive bar installation, borrowing from playful strategies and designs that beauty salons or entertainment parks use to encourage social interaction among strangers.
Titled Ghariba/Stranger, Bennani’s installation includes viewing stations for videos showing film portraits of Moroccan women.
Global Art Forum
Titled Trading Places, the eleventh edition of the Global Art Forum will explore how the trade of goods and ideas shapes the world we live in.
Recognized as the leading talks programme in the Middle East and Asia, this year’s edition will feature speakers from all over the world, including musician and CEO of Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths, exploring connections between plane schedules and the musical score, as well as artist Christo giving a personal illustrated overview of his and Jeanne-Claude’s works and insights into the creative and technical challenges of creating such large pieces.
Conceived by Shumon Basar as Commissioner, with Antonia Carver and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera as Co-Directors, the Global Art Forum will take place at the fair on March 15-17.
Art Dubai Portraits
With digital media playing an increasingly important role in the artworld, from artistic creation to the presentation of works, Art Dubai has launched Art Dubai Portraits, a new film series that provides a short perspective into the lives and workspaces of artists that are connected to the fair through its programming or participating galleries, thus acting as a digital extension of Art Dubai’s offering.
The films are available on Art Dubai’s website.
Continuing its mandate to foster and develop Dubai’s artistic community, Art Dubai sees the sixth edition of A.i.R Dubai develop beyond being a residency programme.
For the first time, the commissions will become permanent public works, thus making a lasting imprint on the city of Dubai. Curated by Amanda Abi Khalil, A.i.R Dubai 2017 features commissions by Zeinab Alhashemi at Dubai Design District and Chafa Ghaddar at Al Safa Library, as well as a work by Shaikha Al Mazrou, whose location will be announced soon.
Further Talks Series at Art Dubai
For its eleventh edition and to complement the fair’s Modern hall, Art Dubai is holding a Modern Symposium, which, with the support of Alserkal Avenue, will take place on Friday 17 March at Art Dubai Modern and on Saturday, March 18 at Alserkal Avenue.
Comprising a series of talks and presentations focused on the life, work and cultural impact of 20th century Modern masters from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, renowned curators, scholars and patrons are leading sessions that delve into the styles, influences and practices of artists whose work contributes to the history of art produced between the 1940s and 1980s.
Education at Art Dubai
The program offers a unique opportunity for UAE-based children and teenagers, encouraging them to engage in the arts. Due to the success of last year’s edition, this year’s program will grow to accommodate more than double the number of participants it had last year, increase the number of its Discovery Tours, as well as include, for the first time, drop-in workshops.
The 2017 edition will feature Expanding Treasures, a project by lead artist Suzan Drummen, seeing families and children work together to create a large-scale temporary installation on-site at the fair.
Held throughout the year, Campus Art Dubai is a school for artists, curators, writers, designers and cultural producers based in the UAE, featuring courses, talks and workshops, taught and led by a local and international cast of academics, critics, curators and artists. CAD 5.0 is led by Murtaza Vali, Uzma Rizvi and Lantian Xie and focuses on the theme On Engagement: Rethinking Investment. Campus Art Dubai is held in partnership with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and supported by Dubai Design District (d3).
The Art Dubai Fellowship is a programme for exceptional artists, curators and writers working in the Arab world and beyond, coming together for a week-long series of intensive workshops during Art Dubai. Twenty-six fellows have participated since 2011; together, they form a dynamic alumni group, with several continuing to collaborate and support each other, beyond their experiences on the programme. Led by writer and curator Tirdad Zolghadr, the 2017 programme has two new developments: the fellowship is now programmed over two years, and it will focus on artists as writers. The Art Dubai fellowship is supported by Julius Baer.
Homage Without An Homage is presented by Julius Baer. The exhibition curated by Cristiana de Marchi features works by artists from different generations who have been mentored, influenced or inspired by the late Hassan Sharif’s practice and teaching. Homage Without An Homage is accompanied by video screenings as well as a series of talks.
Leading the way for public art in Dubai, Meraas’ street art initiative Dubai Walls sees works by some of the world’s top street artists transforming Dubai’s City Walk into a unique art destination.
For its second year at Art Dubai, Piaget exhibits its new High Jewellery collection Sunny Side of Life. Articulated around three environments Sunset, Pool Side and Lush Nature, Piaget’s presentation at Art Dubai will be the first time the collection is shown in the region.