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THE OFFICIAL GUIDE


Arts of Crafts Design Days Dubai / March 14- 17 Dubai Design District(d3)

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

CONTENTS THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE MARCH EVENTS OF DUBAI ART SEASON AND ART WEEK 2017 Art Week Laura Egerton Designer Dana Jamal

INTRODUCTION Dubai Art Season 08 Art Week 10 Meraas 12 Art Week Highlights 14 UAE National Pavilion UAE La Biennale di Venezia 18

Printer Raidy Printing Group

GETTING AROUND ArtBus

Strategic Partner

DUBAI

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AL FAHIDI NEIGHBOURHOOD SIKKA Art Fair 24 Majlis Gallery 30 XVA Gallery 31 Lead Partner

Cover artwork Etisam Abdulaziz, Untitled 1, 2008, photo on aluminum. Exhibited as part of But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Community, 1988-2008, NYUAD Art Gallery. p172

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AL QUOZ Courtyard Playhouse The Mine Meem Gallery Total Arts

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ALSERKAL AVENUE Galleries Night 38 Alserkal Programming and Pop-ups 38 Concrete 46 Art Dubai Modern Symposium 48 1x1 Gallery 50 Ayyam Gallery 51 Carbon 12 52 CHI-KA 53 Custot Gallery 54 Elmarsa 55 el Seed Studio 56 FN Designs 57 Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde 58 Green Art Gallery 59

Grey Noise Gulf Photo Plus iKonhouse INKED thejamjar Jean-Paul Najar Foundation La Galerie Nationale Lawrie Shabibi Leila Heller Gallery MB&F M.A.D. Gallery Mirzam Chocolate Makers The Odd Piece Salsali Private Museum Showcase Gallery SVENM The Fridge The Junction The Third Line

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D3 Design Days Dubai Discover d3 Al Ghurair University workshop Dutch Design Center Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation Art Exhibitions Art Hub Citizen E Art Gallery East Wing Gallery Ward NK Luxury Consulting Sconci Art Gallery Sinyar Gallery Design & Luxury 55FIFTY7 Aljoud Lootah Design Alshaya Enterprises

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DesignLab Experience Finasi Lasvit MCML Studio Nakkash Gallery Zuleya by FBMI Architecture Zaha Hadid Architects Designer Eateries Chez Charles The Lighthouse Molecule

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DIFC Art Nights Andalulova Gallery Art Sawa ARTSPACE Ayyam Gallery Cuadro The Empty Quarter Farjam Foundation Opera Gallery Sotheby's

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REST OF DUBAI Deira Rove City Centre Downtown HIPA at Dubai Opera Cities at Manzil Vida Dubai Mall Iwan Maktabi Emirates Towers Christie's La Cantine du Faubourg Garhoud Le Meridien Jumeirah Dubai Walls, City Walk Al Kazzan Park

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Comptoir 102 151 COYA 152 Pro Art Gallery 152 Dubai International Arts Centre, Gallery 76 153 Etihad Museum 154 The Workshop 156 Mall of the Emirates DUCTAC 157 JLT Swiss Art Gate UAE 160 Media City American University in Dubai 160 Ras Al Khor RiseDCH 161 Mirdif Medaf Studio 161 Oud Metha Antidote Art & Design at Alliance Francaise 162 Nad Al Sheba Tashkeel 164 ABU DHABI Guggenheim Abu Dhabi 170 The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery 172 Warehouse421 174 Abu Dhabi Art Hub 176 Swiss Art Gate UAE 176 Etihad Modern Art Gallery 177 Novus Art Gallery 177 Salwa Zeidan Gallery 178 Al Ain 179 Abu Dhabi Festival 180 SHARJAH Sharjah Art Foundation: Sharjah Biennial 13 182 March Meeting 184

Sharjah Art Museum Sharjah Archaelogy Museum Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization Emirates Fine Arts Society The College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah Barjeel Art Foundation Maraya Art Centre 1971 Design Space

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QATAR Fire Station Artist in Residence, Doha 198 QM Gallery, Katara 199 Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art & QM Gallery, Al Riwaq 200 Museum of Islamic Art 201 Art for Tomorrow 202 INDEX ORGANISATIONS

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Information in this guide was correct at time of going to print and inclusion was at the discretion of Art Week.

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DUBAI ART SEASON

Introduction | Dubai Art Season

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Dubai Art Season, launched by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority in 2014, celebrates the Emirate’s growing creative landscape. As the umbrella arts initiative of the city, Dubai Art Season rolls out a rich calendar of city-wide activations in public spaces including interactive installations, workshops, exhibitions and live performances and panel discussions. Dubai Art Season begins with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and continues through to Art Week featuring more than 350 events, including SIKKA Art Fair, Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, the Global Art Forum, as well as Art Nights at Gate Village, Alserkal Avenue’s Programmes and the Galleries Night. The 2017 Dubai Art Season will host the Dubai International Calligraphy Exhibition (DICE), a bi-annual initiative that celebrates the art of calligraphy through an exhibition and workshops. The two-month Dubai Art Season is a definitive initiative that aims to highlight the city’s global credentials in the arts scene and brings together artists from around the world for an unmatched celebration of talent, creativity, innovation and cultural diversity.


Introduction | Art Week

Introduction | Art Week

ART WEEK

Art Week, initiated by Art Dubai Group and supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and Meraas is the region’s largest cultural festival taking place each March. Concurrent events occurring between 12 - 18 March 2017 span from a seminal exhibition of Picasso and Giacometti in Qatar to the 13th edition of the Sharjah Biennial, with a flurry of cultural activities in institutions, universities, commercial galleries, hotels and outdoor public spaces across the key cities of Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai and Sharjah. The 11th edition of Art Dubai is the week’s anchor event, taking place as always at the Madinat Jumeirah. The 6th edition of Design Days Dubai moves to a new location in Dubai Design District (d3), highlighting the rise of d3 as a new destination where dozens of exciting new concepts have opened in recent months. Following its recent expansion, Alserkal Avenue is now home to over 70 creative spaces and this Art Week sees the launch of its multipurpose events space Concrete and several pop-up events such as the region’s first art book fair. Performance art is the focus of the Art Dubai commissioned projects and is explored in The Creative Act, the second exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection. The role of public art across a city is highlighted by several artists and through projects such as Dubal Walls at City Walk. A noteworthy number of exhibitions investigate the recent history of art production in the UAE, particularly pertinent since the passing away of Hassan Sharif in 2016.

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Abhishek Hazra, Cantordust Touring Machine, Charlie Koolhaas, Art Dubai 2011

It’s often hard to make your voice heard in the art world. Which is why for 2017 this guide includes breakout spaces called Voices where 25+ leading practitioners say a few words about what is important to them this Art Week. The guide has been structured geographically, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, so it can be a handy guide as you traverse the streets. It is available in print, online and through an interactive mobile app.

Art Week is also active on social media channels so do follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Access to all venues listed in the Guide is free of charge, unless stated otherwise. artweek.ae @artweekdubai #artweek2017

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MERAAS

Introduction | Meraas

Meraas has left a permanent impression on Dubai through unique destinations that are reshaping the urban landscape. Our vision is to establish a world of experiences that allow people to dedicate more time to their passions, while developing a much deeper connection to their community and surroundings. To achieve this, we’re creating dynamic open places for people to socialise, explore, play, and enjoy the very best the city has to offer – together. This approach has enabled our investments and operations to grow to include a diverse mix of specialisms, from food, fun, and travel, to health, tech, and education. Our destinations CITY WALK, THE BEACH, BOXPARK, Last Exit, and The Outlet Village have become central to Dubai’s aim of becoming the world’s happiest city. By making places for people to meet we’re also contributing to Dubai Plan 2021 and a strategic initiative to attract 20 million visitors Dubai by 2020. As we continue to reimagine what it means to live, work, and play in a modern urban environment, we are focused on bringing one-of-a-kind experiences like The Green Planet to life. Each of these activities is intended to add colour to the city, enrich our society, and inspire our people to become more creative. Furthermore, our focus remains on areas that will have the biggest impact on how people experience Dubai. As the catalyst of new and innovative ideas in a fast-paced environment, we believe it’s important to reflect the vibrancy, diversity, and rich heritage of the city, and design for participation in what we do. This is because we believe cities are better when the communities that interact with them are actively involved in determining how they look and feel. Such participation is essential in our pursuit of a globally competitive knowledge economy and has the potential to shape life in Dubai for generations to come.

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Introduction | Art Week Highlights

Introduction | Art Week Highlights

MARCH MEETING Sharjah

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ART FOR TOMORROW 202 Doha

SIKKA 17:00 - 22:00 GALLERIES NIGHT ALSERKAL AVENUE 18:00 - 22:00

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DIFC ART NIGHTS 19:00 - 22:00

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DESIGN DAYS DUBAI 104 d3 15:00 - 21:00

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SIKKA 17:00 - 22:00

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ART DUBAI Ladies only 13:00 - 16:00

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GLOBAL ART FORUM 96 Fort Island, Art Dubai 14:30 - 19:00 DESIGN DAYS DUBAI 104 d3 15:00 - 21:00

SIKKA 17:00 - 22:00

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TOURS OF HOMAGE WITHOUT A HOMAGE 91 Art Dubai 15:30 - 16:00

DESIGN DAYS DUBAI 104 d3 15:00 - 21:00 ART DUBAI Public Day 1 16:00 - 21.30

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SIKKA 17:00 - 23:00

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TOURS OF HOMAGE WITHOUT A HOMAGE 91 Art Dubai 18:00 - 18:30

TOURS OF HOMAGE WITHOUT A HOMAGE 91 Art Dubai 15:30 - 16:00 DISCOVER D3 – CHAPTER 2 16:00 - 20:00

GLOBAL ART FORUM 96 Fort Island, Art Dubai 14:30 - 19:30

ART DUBAI PROJECTS PERFORMANCES AND TOURS 88 ART DUBAI Public Day 2 14:00 - 21:30

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GLOBAL ART FORUM 96 Fort Island, Art Dubai 14:30 - 17:30 DESIGN DAYS DUBAI 104 d3 15:00 - 21:00

ART DUBAI MODERN SYMPOSIUM 81 Art Dubai Modern Lounge, Mina a’Salam 17:00 - 20:00 SIKKA 17:00 - 00:00

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ART DUBAI PROJECTS PERFORMANCES AND TOURS 88

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ART FOR TOMORROW 202 Doha

ART DUBAI MODERN SYMPOSIUM 81 Art Dubai Modern Lounge, Mina a’Salam 17:00 - 18:30

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DISCOVER D3 – CHAPTER 2 16:00 - 20:00

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ART WEEK HIGHLIGHTS

ART DUBAI Public Day 3 12:00 - 18:30

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ART DUBAI MODERN SYMPOSIUM 82 Concrete, Alserkal Avenue 10:00 - 13:30 SIKKA 17:00 - 23:00

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ART DUBAI PROJECTS PERFORMANCES AND TOURS 88

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WEEK

UAE

ART

THE EXPRESSION OR APPLICATION OF HUMAN CREATIVE SKILL AND IMAGINATION, TYPICALLY IN A VISUAL FORM SUCH AS PAINTING OR SCULPTURE, PRODUCING WORKS TO BE APPRECIATED PRIMARILY FOR THEIR BEAUTY OR EMOTIONAL POWER.

A PERIOD OF 7 DAYS 168 HOURS 10,080 MINUTES OR 604,800 SECONDS

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National Pavilion UAE La Biennale di Venezia

National Pavilion UAE La Biennale di Venezia

NATIONAL PAVILION UAE

Five UAE-based contemporary artists have been selected by curator Hammad Nasar to present work in Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions of Play that will be the fifth participation by the UAE at the Venice Biennale. The artists are: Nujoom Alghanem, Sara Al Haddad, Vikram Divecha, Lantian Xie and Dr. Mohamed Yousif. The exhibition will explore a strand of artistic practice in the UAE through the analogy of play. Featuring existing works,

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re-fabrication of ‘lost’ works and new commissions, the exhibition will stage a set of nested questions: Where does ‘playfulness’ in artistic practice come from? How and where is ‘play’ nurtured? What does ‘play’ do? An accompanying publication will respond to the themes of the exhibition with new commissions by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian; Deepak Unikrishnan as well as WTD magazine.

SPECIAL ART WEEK EVENT 16 March 2017, 17:00 Curator Talk: Hammad Nasar, UAE Pavilion 2017 Curator and Hind Mezaina, Artist Yard Majlis, Alserkal Avenue

ABOUT: The National Pavilion was established to endorse the UAE’s contemporary practices on an international platform and provide a foundation to support the nation’s diverse and developing cultural scene. The National Pavilion UAE was initiated by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation act as Commissioner for the Pavilion.

EVENT INFORMATION 13 May - 26 November 2017 Open: Tuesdays - Sundays, 10:00 - 18:00 Location: Sala d’Armi, Arsenale, la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy nationalpavilionuae.org @nationalpavilionuae #positionsinplay #uaeinvenice #nationalpavilionuae

2015 exhibition installation view. 1980 - Today, Exhibitions in the UAE. Courtesy National Pavilion UAE

Entrance to the UAE’s permanent pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia

Hammad Nasar, curator of National Pavilion UAE 2017. Courtesy National Pavilion UAE

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: POSITIONS OF PLAY

COMING NEXT

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Introduction | Getting Around

GETTING AROUND ARTBUS, ARTINTHECITY

The ArtBus offers guided tours through Dubai’s arts and culture scene, with three daily routes which cover the galleries and art spaces in Dubai’s major art hubs: Al Quoz, Downtown Dubai/DIFC/d3, and Jumeirah/ Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. In partnership with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, UAE-based artists are commissioned to produce original artworks for the exterior of the ArtBus.

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EVENT INFORMATION 16 - 18 March 2017 10:00 - 17:00, guided tours, departing from Madinat Jumeirah Admission: 50 AED To book: +971 4 341 7303 or info@artinthecity.com artinthecity.com @artinthecity

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DUBAI


Dubai: Al Fahidi Neighbourhood | Sikka Art Fair

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The first annual initiative of its kind created to support and showcase Emirati and UAE and GCC based artists, SIKKA Art Fair is an initiative developed by Dubai Culture, and is considered to be of the key highlights of Dubai Art Season. The SIKKA Art Fair is built around artist-led practices, initiatives and discourse and includes live music, research initiatives, interactive gatherings and educational activities - all of which feature works by emerging Emirati and UAE-based artists. All SIKKA Art Fair events are hosted at the Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood of Dubai.

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The 2017 edition of the SIKKA Art Fair is in its 7th year and presents over 150 submissions.

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ARTISTS AND INSTITUTIONS: Hind Bin Demaithan Al Qemzi, Al Amal Hospital, Rashid Al Mulla, Yousef Bin Shakar Al Zaabi, Zayed University Students, Malak Quota, D04 studio, Swapna Kurup, Perryhan El Ashmawi, and Evgenia Silvina.

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Experience Talent From UAE & GCC Based Artists In The Heart Of Old Dubai Sikka Art Fair is back again this year in its seventh edition to bring excitement to the heart of Old Dubai. Make your way to Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood to experience talent unfolding in its alleyways - rich visual art, live music, film screenings, workshops, educational activities, independent pop-up stores, a tasteful array of food vendors and much more! #SIKKA17 – an initiative of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, enables cultural dialogue by being the platform for emerging UAE-based and GCC artists while also supporting the drive of UAE's Ministry of Happiness for positivity and empowerment of creative individuals through its initiatives. Mark your calendars for 11th-21st March 2017. Visit dubaiculture.gov.ae for the complete event details.

How to reach SIKKA ART FAIR 2017: By Metro Catch the train to Al Fahidi Metro Station. Take a 8min stroll down Al Musalla Road towards The Creek. SIKKA will be on your left.

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By Car/ Shuttle Bus Service

Drive towards the British Consulate down 3rd street with the Consulate on the right, take left on the 16th street, then right on 9th street. The parking is situated on the right. Dedicated shuttle busses will take you to and from the Sikka venue.

Book with Download Careem and book to enjoy 15% off on two rides. Use code SIKKA2017. Valid from 11-21 March 2017. Valid on NOW and LATER bookings. Maximum discount 20 AED per ride.


Dubai: Al Fahidi Neighbourhood | Sikka Art Fair

Dubai: Al Fahidi Neighbourhood | Sikka Art Fair

LOCO’MOTION DUBAI AND ANIMATION CHAMBER CINEMA COURTYARD

THE BAHRAIN HOUSE Too Far Co. is an arts consultancy that recruits talent from the MENA region and the Global South in the form of artists, photographers and makers. It has participated in UK, Qatar and Bahrain. For Sikka 2017, it showcases the work of 5 Bahraini artists alongside a talk about the local Bahraini community and the inspiration that comes from the natural springs. The artwork will be displayed in a special house in Al Fahidi called The Bahrain House: a space that will indulge the visitors in the islands’ atmosphere.

where people are most productive and creative, leading them to flourish and be better members of society. The space in one of Al Fahidi’s courtyards become a platform for gathering a community of individuals to discover the many ways it is possible to achieve or maintain one’s happiness and de-stress amidst city life. Through music, painting, writing and relaxing gong meditation sessions, stepping into The Happiness Space is like stepping into a haven of discovery and learning.

THE HAPPINESS COURTYARD

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STREET ART HOUSE

LOCO’MOTION Community Cinema and The Animation Chamber join forces, selecting an array of cultural films. The programme includes documentaries, shorts, features and animations from across the globe to enlighten the mind and whirl the imagination.

Bringing street culture to life, the fair gathers 20-25 talents including groups/collectives across the UAE – building on a community platform and expanding the reach of the genre of ‘street art’. Each room will be filled with art exhibitions, music performances such as DJs and acoustic setups, urban street wear and installations.

RASHID AL MULLA + CONNEXUS, UAE & BRAZIL

THE CONNECTION MAZE BY STREET ARTIST TARSILA SCHUBERT

In an exclusive collaboration, Emirati artist Rashid Al Mulla invites the Brazilian duo Connexus to come to the Middle East to paint a wall. The three artists will be together for the week and explore the city and its surroundings. Based on these conversations, they will investigate their own human condition and reflect about how close we can be to each other, beyond borders. The final challenge will be to try to answer the universal question: what makes us all happy? The 3 artists will develop a site-specific artwork during SIKKA Art Fair.

Tarsila believes the best way to engage visitors to SIKKA is through art by drawing the audience physically into the artwork. A series of figures painted on the walls of one of the main Fahidi alleys tell the story of ordinary moments in life such as drinking tea, bargaining for goods, smoking shisha, which share an emphasis on identity. At the end of the exhibition the audience can display their own Polaroids and the artist will paint over it, proving that yesterday like today, human relationships are the focal point of the UAE culture.

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Dubai: Al Fahidi Neighbourhood | Sikka Art Fair

Dubai: Al Fahidi Neighbourhood | Sikka Art Fair

ANIMATION CHAMBER The folktale of Al Rawi will be told through interactive automatons created from metal, wood and motors. The audience is invited to become part of the installation that tells the story through projections, puppets and sound.

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VINNY AND THE SNAIL

An initiative of custom-designed wood art by Miaser Al-Habori that focuses on creating new stories for every reclaimed piece of wood, working on their uniqueness and history.

A space where doll-making and embroidery come together. The space will display decorative dolls and embroideries, taking inspiration from the theme of ‘happiness’, and will run free embroidery workshops open to the public.

CROSSFIT UTMOST AND BARBELL CAFÉ Ali Bin Zayed a 23-year-old Emirati civil engineer with a passion for a healthy lifestyle and good coffee, highlights high-end fitness and promotes a healthy lifestyle to counter today’s stereotypes. Barbel Café will showcase the art of coffee by serving exquisite coffee from around the world in various and different ways.

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THE CONFUSED ARAB From a digital platform to interactive installations and historical symbols, dialects or music will be used and revisited to write together the future of nostalgia.

THE CLOSING FEAST The favourite annual SIKKA tradition: everyone gathers for an intimate but lively dinner, the perfect time to discuss ideas and bring the community of creatives together.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND CREATIVE ENTERPRISES, ZAYED UNIVERSITY HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE: A CONTEMPORARY ART EXPERIMENT ABOUT COMMUNITIES IN AL FAHIDI This presentation digs through the multilayered history of Dubai and the people that live there. The exhibition has an inventive layout that includes the display of artworks and designs based on oral histories recorded during the project’s development and an area where visitors can add their stories about what brought them or their families to the geographic region of the UAE. ARTISTS: Zayed University students, Hasnat Mehmood, Colleen Quigley, and Naz Shahrokh

EVENT INFORMATION 11 - 21 March 2017 Fair timings: Opening Night: 11 March 2017, 18:00 - 23:00 12 - 15 March 2017, 17:00 - 22:00 16 & 18 March 2017, 17:00 - 23:00 17 March 2017, 17:00 - 00:00 19 & 20 March 2017, 17:00 - 22:00 Closing Night: 21 March 2017, 17:00 - 23:00 Location: SIKKA Art Fair, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai +971 4 384 2008 dubaiculture.gov.ae #SIKKA17

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Dubai: Al Fahidi Neighbourhood | The Majlis Gallery

Dubai: Al Fahidi Neighbourhood | XVA Gallery

XVA GALLERY

THE SURFACE AND BEYOND

REDEMPTIVE NARRATIVES AND MIGRATING PATTERNS

Khaled Al Saai, A Heavenly City, 2016

Samira Abbassy, When Her Tears Put out the Fire I, 2016

THE MAJLIS GALLERY

Deeply contemplative and quietly confident, Khaled Al Saai is not only a driving force behind modern Arabic calligraphic practice but also a passionate advocate of a wider understanding of this formidable art. His work is often a reflection on the emotions of freedom and discovery, although recently it has become more focused on the bigger issues facing the world in general. Awarded the title of Master of Calligraphy in both modern and traditional categories by fellow calligraphers, he is regularly participates in lectures, workshops and exhibitions across Morocco as well as in Europe, the US and South America.

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ABOUT: A majlis is defined as a meeting place or common ground. The gallery’s vision is twofold: to bring international artists to Dubai, supporting their exploration and interpretation of the Middle East into visual forms and to represent locally based artists.

EVENT INFORMATION 4 March - 6 April 2017 Location: Villa 52, Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 18:00 +971 4 3536233 themajlisgallery.com @majlisgallery

XVA Gallery presents their second solo show of Samira Abbassy. The exhibition will present works on paper and oil paintings on gesso panel, from 2002 to 2016. Abbassy describes her work as an excavation of art history and an exploration of the self; a form of autobiographical self-portraiture that draws from tradition, history and culture, whilst simultaneously offering contemporary ideas and reminders to the viewer. ABOUT: Established in 2003, XVA is one of the leading galleries in

the Middle East that specialises in contemporary art from the Arab world, Iran and the Subcontinent.

EVENT INFORMATION 11 March - 25 May 2017 Location: Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai Open: Sundays - Saturdays, 10:00 - 18:00 +971 4 353 5383 xvagallery.com @xvagallery

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Dubai: Al Quoz | The Courtyard Playhouse and The Mine

King Gong 13 March 2017, 20:00 – 22:00 Wednesday Night Improv: Maestro 15 March 2017, 20:00 – 22:00 Vintage Film Night: His Girl Friday, 1940, Directed by Howard Hawks 16 March 2017, 20:00 – 21:30 Improvised Kids Storytime: My Kids A Superhero 17 March 2017, 12:00- 12:45 & 13:00-13:45 INFORMATION Location: The Courtyard building, Street 4B, Al Quoz 1 +971 50 986 1761 courtyardplayhouse.com @courtyardplayhouse 32

MEEM GALLERY

THE IMPACT OF TANGENCY

SEPEHRI Sohrab Sepehri, Untitled (Detail), circa 1960

ABOUT: The Courtyard Playhouse is Dubai's first and only dedicated, purpose designed improv' theatre dedicated to nurturing local talent and developing the improv' scene.

THE MINE Nastaran Safaei, Beyond and Above, 2016

THE COURTYARD PLAYHOUSE

Dubai: Al Quoz | Meem Gallery

The Mine is pleased to present The Impact of Tangency, a twoperson show by Iranian artists Nastaran Safaei and Farnaz Rabieijah. ABOUT: The Mine is a contemporary art gallery dedicated emerging regional and international artists. In between exhibitions The Mine hosts performances, events, and projects across various creative industries.

EVENT INFORMATION 9 March - 25 April 2017 Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 Location: Warehouse 38, Street 8A, Al Quoz +971 4 379 1704 themine.ae @themine

Meem Gallery presents an exhibition of rare works by the late Iranian modernist master, Sohrab Sepehri. Centred on paintings and works on paper that have not been publicly viewed for over 50 years, the exhibition consummately demonstrates Sepehri’s classic style from the Saqqakhaneh period. ABOUT: Meem Gallery’s focus lies in modern and contemporary Arab and Iranian art, with a particular

attention to the work of the Middle East’s modern masters.

EVENT INFORMATION 6 March - 20 May 2017 Location: Umm Suqeim Street, Al Quoz, Dubai +971 4 347 7883 meemartgallery.com @meemgallery

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Dubai: Al Quoz | Total Arts

ART WEEK AT ALSERKAL AVENUE 9 - 18 MARCH 2017

TOTAL ARTS IMAGE OF SELF

ABOUT: Total Arts is recognised as a pioneer on the Dubai arts scene, formed to allow for a creative platform at a time when the scene was beginning to first grow. Since then it has established itself as an educational platform, raising awareness of both local and international artistic talent. It continues to foster dialogue between established artists and

collectors, as well as emerging artists and students from across the region, particularly Iran and the UAE. The gallery’s current activities include a regular roster of lectures, workshops, film screenings, exhibitions and artists’ talks.

EVENT INFORMATION 12 March - 9 April 2017 Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 09:00 - 19:00 Location: The Courtyard building, entrances on Street 4b or 6, Al Quoz +971 4 347 5050 courtyard-uae.com

MOHAMMED KAZEM, RECEIVING LIGHT, 2016; DETAILS. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND GALLERY ISABELLE VAN DEN EYNDE.

Collection of Image of self, various artists, Lajevardi Foundation, 2016

Bob Wilson, Image of self, 2016

A group show selected by Fereydoun Ave. The exhibition was held first in Tehran in November 2016 and has been customised for a Dubai audience with a focus on audio, video and text-based art forms.

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GALLERY OPENINGS | ARTIST COMMISSIONS POP-UP PROGRAMMES | CONCRETE INAUGURATION

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Voices of Dubai

Voices of Dubai

VOICES OF DUBAI AMMAR AL ATTAR

SARA AL HADDAD

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Alserkal Programming commissioned artist

I started photography due to an unconscious urge to document the events happening around me, leading naturally to archiving, documenting and preserving my surroundings for future generations. Commissions and residencies are very important for artists to ensure that being an artist is a sustainable livelihood for them, so they can continue to make art. Secondly some commissions give artists the freedom to express their ideas in an uncontrolled environment. Art Week is a very good opportunity to meet different people from around the world and build connections with artists, curators or even different international institutions. p38, 136

Dragon Mart is an incredible place for so many reasons - it’s a sprawling mall complex on the side of the OmanHatta highway, next to the housing development aptly titled International City. I go there often for homewares - their carpeting and curtains are wellpriced. It sells everything you could possibly want (except, as I learned while shooting there this December, batteries). If your shoes start to hurt you, you can stop and buy a pair of onFARAH AL QASIMI trend fuzzy sandals. There’s popcorn Alserkal Programming & Global Art and smoothies along the way. What’s Forum commissioned artist most notable to me are the furniture shops which sell Chinese-made simulacra of Emirati-style furniture. Their displays are stunning and very ornate. p40,101

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ARCHIVING

MEMORY EL SEED

Calligraffiti artist

I remember when Munira Al Sayegh and I shared our thoughts in Venice while we were both interning for the National UAE Pavilion in 2013. Now she is curating Bayn: The InBetween; we reflect on our talks as we move closer to the opening. I met Daphne Taranto, Fully Booked (PGX) co-director in Baltimore at MICA where I was doing my MFA. She was a Fulbright finalist to conduct arts research in Dubai; she came to our first Baltimore Eid gathering. We build communities as we transition, and if we are lucky, they grow. p18, 42, 175

ARTIST

I enjoy welcoming people into my workspace so they can understand my process more deeply. I find it funny people think they need to speak in low voices, for me an artist studio is a busy, lively environment. Dubai is a complicated place for my public art as there are windows on nearly every façade, which is why The Green Planet commission at City Walk was the perfect wall for me. It has been personal initiatives that have made the past five years in the UAE an exciting period of growth. When you feel you are part of something you grow with people as well as a place, you inspire and you get inspired. We need to encourage regional talents more and remember that community and communicating is everything. p56

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Galleries Night

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Alserkal Programming

ALSERKAL AVENUE

13 March 2017, 18:00-22:00 (see individual listings for specific events)

ABOUT Alserkal Avenue is the region’s foremost arts and culture neighbourhood. Located in Al Quoz, an industrial area in Dubai, it was established in 2007 and has grown to become an essential platform for the development of homegrown artistic and cultural initiatives, supporting a vibrant community of contemporary art galleries and alternative art spaces, together with design, media and industrial studios.

Alserkal Programming is a platform for exhibitions, public art commissions, performances, films, talks and workshops that critically and creatively investigate themes pertinent to the region’s arts community. The annual programme is thematically developed to focus on a particular issue, bringing artists and professionals from different fields together to examine a concept through wide-ranging means and perspectives. The selection of artists for 2017 focuses on local talent and the theme of work. Each of the artists will produce work that is inspired by the physical, social and cultural framework of Alserkal Avenue and its surrounding industrial neighborhood of Al Quoz in Dubai.

An Artist Residency launches in March 2017, further enhancing the organisation’s breadth and scope.

ALSERKAL COMMISSIONS

12 March - 18 March 2017

Ammar Al Attar’s project Plaza Cinema stems from the artist’s efforts to rescue old filmstrips, movie posters and ephemera from decommissioned theatres in the UAE. These aging moviehouses are touchstones of Dubai’s

Daily tours of Alserkal Programming in Nadi Al Quoz and Syria: Into the Light in Concrete, Warehouse 55. For latest timings refer to alserkalavenue.ae

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ALSERKAL PROGRAMMING

PLAZA CINEMA

CHANGE YOUR LIFE Raja’a Khalid will debut Change Your Life, which critiques a fashionable practice of performative masculinity (i.e. working out) and places it as a contemporary motif of religiosity. A moving tableau, the commission consists of a gym, which will be open for five weeks to pre-selected young, male fitness professionals where they will participate in a workout regime. 13 March - 29 April 2017 Location: Warehouse 83, Alserkal Avenue Performance programme: 13 March 2017, 18:00 - 22:00 15 March 2017, 11:00 - 14:00 16 March 2017, 11:00 - 14:00

modern history and places of deep personal meaning and memory for residents. 13 March - 29 April 2017 Location: Warehouse 58 and Back Lane SPECIAL EVENT 18 March 2017, 19:00 Screening: Play it Again Sam (1972). Directed by Herbert Ross. The Yard

Raja’a Khalid, Change Your Life, 2017

A coordinated evening of exhibitions, artist commissions and pop-up projects taking place across Alserkal Avenue.

Ammar Al Attar, Cinema Plaza Posters, 2017

GALLERIES NIGHT

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Alserkal Programming

Karim Sultan, Different Air (1st iteration), 2016-17

Farah Al Qasimi, It’s Not Easy Being Seen, 2016-17

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Alserkal Programming

IT’S NOT EASY BEING SEEN Farah Al Qasimi’s It’s Not Easy Being Seen is a two-part commission that explores the invisible labour of women in the cycle of creation and consumption through the mediums of photography, performance and video. 13 March - 29 April 2017 Location: in front of Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue DIFFERENT AIR Different Air is a three-part commission by Karim Sultan that explores notions of movement, migration, and the physical experience and trauma of deterioration and loss of memory. 40

13 March 29 April 2017 Location: Warehouse 47, Alserkal Avenue. Performance: 13 March 2017, 20:00

EXTRA EVENTS AT ALSERKAL AVENUE 17 March 2017

10:00 - 13:30 Art Dubai Modern Symposium, Concrete p48

THE THARAWAT SPACE

15:00 - 15.30 Performance: Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver, Circular Landscapes Cinema Room | A4 space

16:00 Artist Talk: Lamya Gargash on lorem ipsum, Yard Majlis

18:00 Barjeel Art Foundation, Film screening and Talk, Nadi Al Quoz

16:00 Saturday Tour, A4 space | Warehouse 4

19:00 Screening: Barakah Meets Barakah (2016). Directed by Mahmoud Sabbagh. Part of Work in Progress. Presented by Alserkal Programming and Cinema Akil, The Yard

17:00 Screening: Duneopolis, A4 Space Cinema Room Mohammad Rasoul will screen a scene from his upcoming sci-fi film DUNEOPOLIS and give a behindthe-scenes talk on the creation of its futuristic Arabian world.

A unique concept, the Tharawat Space is a hub to promote entrepreneurship across generations in the MENA. It advocates the importance of family businesses in the regional economy. SPECIAL EVENT 14 March 2017, 19:30 Talk on Entrepreneurship Location: Warehouse 19, Alserkal Avenue tharawat.org

18 March 2017

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Alserkal Programming Pop-ups

SUDARSHAN SHETTY

AHMED MATER

FULLY BOOKED, IN COLLABORATION WITH CROSSWAY FOUNDATION

Sudarshan Shetty presents Shoonya Ghar, a new film that continues his exploration of the cycles of life and death and investigates the symbolism and theatricality inherent in ritual. A maquette of the sculpture that was exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi and Biennale of Sydney will be displayed. Shoonya Ghar translates as ‘empty is this house’, referencing a 12th century poem by Gorakhnath, a guru associated with the traditions of Nirgun poetry and ideas of emptiness, formlessness and the void.

Ahmed Mater will launch his book, Desert of Pharan: Unofficial Histories of The Mass Expansion of Mecca, published by Lars Müller Publishing. The launch will be accompanied by an exhibition curated by ATHR, a contemporary art platform in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Ahmed Mater charts the city’s origins to its more recent history. It is a study of the site’s recent transformation: Mecca, until recently, embodied as a unique urban tapestry, layered with histories that are stitched together by an abundance of organically rooted communities and cultures.

13 - 18 March 2017 Location: Warehouse 60, Alserkal Avenue

13 - 18 March 2017 Location: Warehouse 46, Alserkal Avenue

13 - 18 March 2017, Art Book Fair 13 - 27 March 2017, Art Book Exhibition Opening Night: 13 March 2017, 19:00 - 22:00 Open: 10:00 - 19:00 Location: Warehouse 82, Alserkal Avenue +971 50 556 9797 fullybooked.ae @FullyBooked.ae

Sudarshan Shetty, Shoonya Ghar, 2016, video still

ALSERKAL PROGRAMMING POP-UPS

Fully Booked premieres in 2017 as the only art book fair in the United Arab Emirates. The fair will serve as a platform to consider the medium of the artist book as a ‘multi-site’—a tactile, portable and accessible form. The intention of the fair is to foster meaningful cultural exchanges between regional and international artist publishers, as well as the cultural practitioners and visitors present in Dubai during Art Week.

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Hessa Al Ajmani, Biological Landmarks: Tarfa, 2015

ZAYED UNIVERSITY

AGA KHAN FOUNDATION

Future Perfect Future showcases work by female Emirati artists. As the culture within the Emirates evolves, the CACE alumni are contemplating their cultural heritage and social engagement in a rapidly changing country with grand ambitions. The exhibition is curated by Walter Willems, professor at Zayed University’s College of Arts and Creative Enterprises.

The Aga Khan Foundation will host an exhibition featuring work from the six winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture, the Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world, in which Muslims have a significant presence. The winners are: Marina Tabassum, Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka,

13 - 18 March 2017 Location: Warehouse 63, Alserkal Avenue

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Alserkal Programming Pop-ups

Asma Khoory

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Alserkal Programming Pop-ups

Bangladesh; Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA Friendship Centre, Gaibandha, Bangladesh; ZAO / standardarchitecture, Zhang Ke, Micro Yuan’er Children’s Library and Art Centre, Beijing, China; BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek 1 and Superflex, Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Diba Tensile Architecture / Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi, Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran, Iran; Zaha Hadid Architects, Issam Fares Institute, Beirut, Lebanon. 13 - 18 March 2017 Location: Warehouse 61, Alserkal Avenue akdn.org

WOVEN HERITAGE: INTERNATIONAL MINIATURE PRINTMAKING EXHIBITION Woven Heritage - under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance and President of Zayed University, is an international exhibition of fine art printmaking which explores the concept of sharing and discovering unique cultures around the world. All submitted works will join the Zayed University Permanent Collection at the close of exhibition. 13 - 18 March 2017 Location: A4 Space, Warehouse 4, Alserkal Avenue

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Concrete

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Concrete

CONCRETE

Rendering of Concrete

Concrete is a 600 square metre multi-disciplinary, multi-purpose event venue in Alserkal Avenue designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), founded by Rem Koolhaas. It is the first OMA-designed building to be completed in the UAE, and Alserkal Avenue’s most exciting project to date.

Lutfi Al Romhein, Untitled, 1996

SYRIA: INTO THE LIGHT (ATASSI FOUNDATION)

Syria: Into the Light is the Atassi Foundation largest-ever exhibition and first in the MENA region since its formation in 2016. Curated by the founder of the Atassi Foundation, Mouna Atassi in collaboration with writer and curator Rasha Salti, the show will be based on the theme ‘Portraits and figures’ and will include more than 60 works by over 40 artists illustrating the landscape of Syrian art from 1924 - 2016. The exhibition will highlight the trajectories and shifts of art movements in Syria and its sociocultural histories, from the early 20th century until the present day, representing different movements, 46

techniques and mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and video art by artists such as Toufiq Tarek, Fateh Moudarres, Elias Zayyat, Yousef Abdelke and Hiba Ansari. It is a true display of the struggles and triumphs of Syrian history.

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Art Dubai Modern Symposium

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Art Dubai Modern Symposium

ART DUBAI MODERN SYMPOSIUM

The Art Dubai Modern Symposium is organised with the support of Alserkal Avenue. (Day 1 takes place at Art Dubai p81) 18 March 2017, 10:00 - 13:00 Location: Concrete, Alserkal Avenue 10:00 Welcome Address Vilma Jurkute, Director of Alserkal Avenue 10:15 - 10:30 Tribute To Saloua Raouda Choucair Saleh Barakat, Founder, Agial Art Gallery and Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut

Day 3 of the inaugural Art Dubai Modern Symposium–a series of talks and presentations focused on the life, work and cultural impact of 20th century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa – takes place at Concrete, Alserkal Avenue. Renowned curators, scholars and patrons lead the sessions that delve into the styles, influences

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10:30 - 11:30 Managing Estates: A Gallery Story As recognition for regional modernists grows through a greater appreciation amongst collectors, institutional exhibition and acquisitions, estates are being formed and managed. This discussion addresses the processes and intricacies behind estate formation, management and the safeguarding of modernists’ legacies.

Panelists: Amrita Jhaveri, Founder, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai Conor Macklin, Director, Grosvenor Gallery, London. Shirin Partovi Tavakolian, Founder, Shirin Gallery, Tehran / New York. Moderated by: Tairone Bastien, Programming Director, Alserkal Avenue 11:30 - 12:30 Different Regions, Shared Influences The Maghreb and South Asia: continents apart, culturally distinctive and spiritually varied and yet, works by modernists from these regions share influences and styles, which have often intersected and found parallels. Panelists: Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of Dhaka Art Summit. Ridha Moumni, Independent Curator and Research Associate at the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain, Tunis. Dr Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor at Cornell University’s Department of History of Art, New York and member of Art Dubai Modern Advisory Committee. Moderated by: Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Assistant Curator, Collections International Art, Tate Modern

12:30 - 13:30 Syria Calling A discussion with Syrian artist Elias Zayat about the inspiration, symbolism and mythology behind his iconic work, Deluge: The Gods Abandon Palmyra, and the impact of the Syrian crisis on him and fellow artists. Panelists: Elias Zayat, Artist, Syria Henry Kim, Director, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Anwar Jalal Shemza, Apple Trees, 1970. Courtesy The artist and Jhaveri Contemporary Gallery

Michael Kurcheh (1900-1973), Badawiyeh, Courtesy Atassi Foundation

and practices of artists whose work contributes to the history of art produced in the 20th century.

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | 1x1 Gallery

SLEEPLESS CONSTELLATIONS

ILLUMINATED SPACE

Farida Batool, Yoonhi koi chalte chalte, 2016

ABOUT: 1X1 has been presenting Indian modern and contemporary art in the UAE for over two decades and has in recent years included Emirati and Middle Eastern based artists in their exhibition schedule. ARTISTS: Moonis Ahmed, Julius John Alam, Farida Batool, Faiza Butt, Asif Khan, Naiza Khan, Ghulam Muhammad. CURATOR: Salima Hashmi SPECIAL EVENT 15 March 2017, 13:00 Talk: Myth, Women & the State: Talk by Salima Hashmi, Faiza Butt, Naiza Khan and Farida Batool at 1x1 Gallery | Warehouse 10

EVENT INFORMATION 10 March - 30 April 2017 Location: Warehouse B10, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00, 13 March 2017 until 22:00 +971 4341 1287 1x1artgallery.com @1x1artgalleryuae

A solo exhibition of New York-based artist Samia Halaby, highlighting the artist’s latest experiments in abstraction, which unfolded over the course of two years. ABOUT: Founded in 2006, Ayyam Gallery is a leading arts organisation that manages the careers of diverse established and emerging artists. EVENT INFORMATION Location: Warehouses 11 & 12 Alserkal Avenue Open: Sundays - Thursdays 10:00 -18:00, Saturdays, 12:00 - 18:00 +971 4 323 6242 ayyamgallery.com @AyyamGallery

DOCUMENTARY DRAWING OF THE KAFR QASEM MASSACRE A selection of drawings that depict the murders of 49 Palestinian civilians by Israeli border guards in 1956. More than a decade of research inform these works, as Halaby interviewed survivors of the massacre and the relatives of its victims in the Palestinian village and translated historical documents. The resulting works employ a drawing style that is patterned after the realistic investigations of the body and nature that were popular during the Renaissance. Samia Halaby, The Kafr Qasem Massacre of 1956, the Third Wave of Killing, the Child Fathi, 2012

AYYAM GALLERY Samia Halaby, Air, 2016

1X1 GALLERY

The works in Sleepless Constellations are by seven artists who inhabit the imagination: securing spaces for rumination and perpetual questioning. They offer no answers, only flashes of solace. They are a diverse group of mid-career artists and emergent young artists who display great promise and a profound sense of purpose. The works include paintings videos, ceramics, lenticular prints and sculptural installations.

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Ayyam Gallery

SPECIAL EVENT 16 March 2017, 12:00 Artist-led Guided Tour Ayyam Gallery | Warehouse 11/12 (RSVP essential to info@ayyamgallery.com)

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Carbon 12

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | CHI-KA

CARBON 12

CHI-KA

COLOUR CODE #KIMONO: HIDDEN MEANINGS OF THE JAPANESE KIMONO AND ITS COLOURS

Sara Rahbar, Bound, 2016

SALVATION 13 March - 25 April 2017 Location: Unit 37, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays Thursdays, 11.30 - 19.30 +971 4 340 6016 carbon12dubai.com @carbon12gallery

Carbon 12 presents Sara Rahbar’s fourth solo show in Dubai. Sara Rahbar is an artist who embraces activism and uncomfortable subject matter, working to expand the individual acts of violence she has experienced into universal ones, to amplify the sufferings of humanity through her chosen materials. These sculptures combine heavy materials – the heft of the soul, perhaps – with intensely precarious arrangements that cause us to feel not optimism, but rather pressure, discomfort, and vulnerability.

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exploring their strong metaphorical and cultural meanings, cosmological dimensions and poetic significance.

EVENT INFORMATION

ABOUT: Carbon 12 was established in 2008, initiating a comprehensive, firmly global, programme of institution-grade artists. SPECIAL EVENT 16 March 2017, 16:00 Curator Talk: Sara Rahbar in conversation with Miriam LloydEvans, Curator, British Museum, Yard Majlis

ABOUT: CHI-KA is a kimono shop and art space, working with artists and organisations reflecting on the new wave of Japanese aesthetic. The space was designed by Takeshi Murayama and Manabu Ozawa.

Every culture has its own sense of colour and Japan is no exception. From prehistoric times to the present day the Japanese have developed their own collection of traditional colours, known as dentouiro, which are still recognised and used today. Their use in textiles such as the kimono is one of the most notable. Colours displayed in kimono are not random: Purple, for example, is a metaphor for undying love, the imagery deriving from the fact that gromwell (murasaki), the plant used to create the dye, has very long roots. The exhibition Colour Code #Kimono dives deep into the depths of these delicate colours,

EVENT INFORMATION 13 March - 13 April 2017 Location: H69, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 11:00 - 19:00, 10 March open until 22:00 and open Friday 17 March +971 50 744 5911 chikaspace.com @chikaspace

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Custot Gallery

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Elmarsa

BLACK, WHITE…

YA LATIF Khaled Ben, Slimane Ascension I, 2016

ELMARSA

Jean Dubuffet, Donnée H12, 1984

CUSTOT GALLERY

Custot Gallery Dubai presents its first anniversary exhibition BLACK, WHITE… featuring the works of modern and contemporary artists. This group show will present paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs investigating the use of black and white. ARTISTS: Fernando Botero, Nick Brandt, Enrico Castellani, Ian Davenport, Jean Dubuffet, Tony Cragg, Richard Höglund, William Klein, Joan Miró, Jedd Novatt, Marc Quinn, Pablo Reinoso, Mark Tobey, Bernar Venet and Fabienne Verdier.

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ABOUT: Custot Gallery Dubai, founded by Stéphane Custot, opened in March 2016. The gallery showcases modern and contemporary artists. EVENT INFORMATION 13 March - 31 May 2017 Location: Unit 84, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays to Thursdays 10:00 - 19:00 Opening Reception: 13 March, 10:00 - 21:00 +971 4 346 8148 custotgallerydubai.ae @CustotDubai

Elmarsa presents Ya Latif, the first solo exhibition in the UAE by Tunisian painter, sculptor and ceramist Khaled Ben Slimane. This latest body of work highlights Ben Slimane’s multi-disciplinary practice. The exhibition represents a continuation in the artist’s exploration of spirituality and invokes Sufism through repetition in a distinctive new style that distills diverse international influences. ABOUT: One of the most established galleries in the region, Elmarsa has been operating in Tunis since 1994, opening their Dubai gallery in 2015.

SPECIAL EVENT 16 March 2017, 12:30 Artist Khaled Ben Slimane will conduct a tour of the exhibition with curator Rose Issa EVENT INFORMATION 9 March - 8 April 2017 (the artist will be attending the opening, 9 March 2017, 19:00-21:00) Location: C23, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 +971 4 341 5806 galerielmarsa.com @elmarsagallery

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | el Seed Studio

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | FN Designs

EL SEED STUDIO

FN DESIGNS Joshua Watts, The Constructed Horizon, 2016

el Seed, Love is the miracle of civilizations

EMERGENT MOMENTA

ABOUT: el Seed studio is the artist’s creative headquarters where he creates his artworks and plans his public art projects. You can discover the artist’s work, sketches, canvases, sculptures, and works on paper. The studio is collaborating with 81 Designs who have made several of el Seed’s pieces for auction, embroidered by women in Refugee camps across Lebanon.

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SPECIAL EVENT 13 March 2017, 18:30 Book Launch: Perception book launch and eL Seed in conversation with Glenn Lowry, Yard Majlis, Alserkal Avenue EVENT INFORMATION Location: Unit 75, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 elseed-art.com @elseed

Emergent Momenta is an examination of time as a malleable fabric that can be stretched and contorted in ways that alter fundamental perceptions of the world around us. Through timelapse recordings, found object glass sculptural videos, solarpowered lightboxes, viewer-reactive mixed media, and even large scale flipbooks, the work of Joshua Watts flattens, expands, and distorts our notions of time in unexpected and exciting ways.

ABOUT: FN Designs is a multidisciplinary art and design studio based in Dubai, FN is the Arabic word for ‘the arts.’

EVENT INFORMATION Location: Unit 26, Alserkal Avenue Open: Sundays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 18:00 +971 4 379 0490 fanndesigns.com @fndesigns

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Green Art Gallery

GALLERY ISABELLE VAN DEN EYNDE

GREEN ART GALLERY

MINOR WORK

WRITE INJURIES ON SAND AND KINDNESS IN MARBLE Hera Büyüktasçıyan, Reconstructors II, 2017

Vikram Divecha, Sweeping, 2016

Collaborating with a variety of institutions, infrastructures, and communities, Vikram Divecha has realised a series of major ambitiously scaled and publically sited projects across the United Arab Emirates over the last few years. Engaging with what he terms ‘found processes’, Divecha identifies hidden seams within pre-existing systems of urban life, creating interventions and installations that, if only temporarily, disrupt the status quo, bringing their otherwise invisible structures and operations into plain view. This exhibition presents a number of new series related to, emerging from, and reflecting on some of these past projects. ABOUT: After establishing B21 Gallery in 2006, one of the first contemporary art spaces in the 58

on larger issues of geopolitics, culture and ongoing change.

UAE, Isabelle van den Eynde launched her eponymous space in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue in 2010, representing a pluralistic roster of artists from the Middle East and North Africa. SPECIAL EVENT 16 March 2017, 18:00 Book Launch: Vikram Divecha’s Warehouse Project, Yard Majlis

EVENT INFORMATION 9 March - 11 May 2017 Location: Unit 17, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 +971 4 323 5052 ivde.net @GalleryIVDE

ABOUT: Green Art Gallery has been active in the region for nearly four decades. Starting in the late 1980’s in Homs, Syria the gallery opened in Dubai in 1995 with a programme focused on Arab Modernism. Green Art Gallery relaunched in 2010 as a contemporary art space featuring a multi-generational mix of artists whose practices are researched, idea-led, and representative of our current moment.

Green Art Gallery presents a solo exhibition of site-specific work by Hera Büyüktasçıyan, using the lens of aquamorphology to explore the infinite facets and shards of memory, historicity and time. Much of Büyüktasçıyan’s work is defined by an architectural and anthropological approach: she often favours site-specific installations, examining the way in which virtual spaces operate in relation to the physical, and how fragments of time and memory can be unearthed, restructured and woven together to bring to life a forgotten aspect of time and history. She also touches

EVENT INFORMATION 13 March - 6 April 2017 Location: Unit 28, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 +971 4 346 9305 gagallery.com @greenartgallery

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Grey Noise

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Gulf Photo Plus

GULF PHOTO PLUS

SAGAR

THE PEOPLE OF PATTERN

Lala Rukh, Beruwela x, 1993

GREY NOISE

Lala Rukh’s first solo exhibition in Dubai entitled sagar is comprised of a collection of enigmatic photographs of the sea that make her meditations on the nature of time and transience palpable. Lala uses her lens as an undistracted viewer who sees both time and immutability joined in the invisible arch on which life is suspended. In their evocation of tidal movements these works touch up the philosophical question of being and nothingness, creating a poetic portrayal of the ebb and flow that is life.

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ABOUT: GREY NOISE represents art practices with a focus towards contemporaneity and an emphasis on distinct, often experimental content. Not limiting itself to geographical representation, the gallery exhibits both emerging and established artists who demonstrate a defined conceptual premise in their oeuvre.

EVENT INFORMATION 13 March - 13 May 2017 Location: Unit 24, Alserkal Avenue Open: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 11:00 - 19:00 Opening reception: March 13, 18:00 - 21:00 +971 4 379 0764 greynoise.org @greynoisedxb

A solo exhibition by Alia Ali, a Yemeni / Bosnian / American multimedia artist and visual storyteller. She explores the medium of fabric as a reflection of our environment, an archive of our stories and a celebration of difference. This project delves into a variety of cultures around the world through discovering unique artisans, textiles and processes, from silk - weaving in Central Asia to wax printing in West Africa. ABOUT: Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) is the only dedicated centre for photography in Dubai, UAE. With an expansive education programme, ambitious calendar of events, thought-provoking exhibitions and state-of-the-art printing facilities,

GPP has long been established as the go-to place for both beginners and professionals to discover, enjoy, and learn more about photography. SPECIAL EVENT 14 March 2017, 17:00 Artist Talk: Alia Ali discusses her exhibition The People of Pattern, Yard Majlis EVENT INFORMATION 13 March - 22 April 2017 Location: Warehouse 36, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays -Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 March 13 opening from 18:00 +971 4 380 8545 gulfphotoplus.com @gulfphotoplus

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | iKonhouse and INKED

IKONHOUSE

SILVERSMITH GEORG JENSEN, A TALE OF DANISH SILVER

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | thejamjar

INKED

THEJAMJAR

PLAISIRS SUPREMES

DIY PAINTING STUDIO

VALIANT FACES

thejamjar studio brings art alive in a relaxed environment, providing a platform to unleash creativity with an unlimited supply of paint and canvas’ providing a complete creative experience.

A solo exhibition of portraits made by Dina Saadi, residency artist at thejamjar.

As a child Georg Jensen would play and experiment with blue clay native to his rural factory town north of Copenhagen. Local bricklayers would encourage the young sculptor to understand nature for it beauty. Georg Jensen has been hailed as one of the greatest craftsmen in silver for the last 300 years who crafted antiques for the future. ABOUT: The ikonhouse retail concept was opened in Dubai on the basis of the founder’s passion and belief in the benefits of refined and connected living; where minimalist original branded designer furniture, lighting, home automation and home cinemas come together to create ultimate living experiences.

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INKED’s latest pop-up dinner series in collaboration with ARTSPACE and The ODD Piece is inspired by painter Salvador Dali’s cookbook Les Diners de Gala re-launched by Taschen. ABOUT: INKED is a creative expression in the presence of food: a space fully-fitted with equipment, aesthetic, and expertise.

EVENT INFORMATION

EVENT INFORMATION

13 - 27 March 2017 Location: Warehouse 85, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 +971 4 388 1848 ikonhouse.com @ikonhouse

12 -18 March 2017 Location: Unit 57, Alserkal Avenue Open daily from 09:00 +971 4 344 1788 inked.ae @inkeddubai

OCCUPY: THE WINDOW PROJECT The second edition of ‘OCCUPY’ will begin in conjunction with Art Week at Alserkal Avenue. OCCUPY provides the opportunity for artists to take over thejamjar’s front window for a few months during the year on a rotating basis. 12 March 12 - 12 April 2017

13 - 23 March 2017 ABOUT: thejamjar is a community arts space that supports artists and promotes the development of Dubai’s arts scene through its creative learning programme and community projects.

EVENT INFORMATION 15 - 18 March 2017 Location: Unit 74, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays, Mondays Thursdays 10:00 - 20:00, Fridays, 14:00 - 20:00 +9714 341 7303 thejamjardubai.com @thejamjardubai

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Jean-Paul Najar Foundation

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | La Galerie Nationale

ARTIST RUN NEW YORK: THE SEVENTIES

THE APARTMENT 2

Curated by Jessamyn Fiore, Artist Run New York: The Seventies explores the transformation in 1970s New York. The exhibition looks at the vital role artists played in an artistic revolution that underscored multidisciplinary collaborations that went beyond the visual arts to include performance, film, theatre, dance, writing and music. ARTISTS: Gordon Matta-Clark, Tina Girouard, Philip Glass, Robert Grosvenor, Suzanne Harris, Jene Highstein, Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, Richard Landry, Richard Nonas, Alan Saret, Keith Sonnier, John Torreano, Richard Tuttle, Lynn Umlauf, and Lawrence Weiner.

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ABOUT: Jean-Paul Najjar Foundation is an ICOM registered museum of contemporary art that is home to a collection of European and American abstract art from the 1960s to today. JPNF is also the custodian of a remarkable archive tracing forty years of artistcollector exchanges. SPECIAL EVENT 13 March 2017, 18:30 Curator-led tour of the exhibition EVENT INFORMATION 9 March - 30 June 2017 Location: Warehouse 45, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 11:00 - 18:00 +971 4 258 7078 jpnajarfoundation.com

Set of original Warren Platner 1965 furniture. Painting by Jacques Nestle, 1955, photo copyright Olivia Froudkine, 2017

LA GALERIE NATIONALE

Joan Jonas , Jones Beach Piece, 1970

JEAN-PAUL NAJAR FOUNDATION

La Galerie Nationale showcases The Apartment 2, an exhibition of artworks and decorative arts from the mid-twentieth century. Fully committed to promoting design, the exhibition set up evolves for Art Week 2017 to include twenty more decorative pieces by famous designers from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s including ceramics, furniture, lights and photographs. DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS: Pierre Paulin, Marco Zanuso, Warren Platner, Pierre Guariche, Charlotte Perriand and Mathieu Mategot. Paintings by leading conceptual artists Pierre Soulages, Wassily

Kandinsky and Fred Kleinberg will also be on display. ABOUT: La Galerie Nationale is a gallery specialised in original art furniture made by top designers from the twentieth century. EVENT INFORMATION 13 March - 10 September 2017 Opening: 13 March 2017 Location: Unit 27, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 11:00 - 19:00 +971 4 280 4652 galerie-nationale.com

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Lawrie Shabibi

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Leila Heller Gallery

INSIDE THE FIRE CIRCLE

PRESENT ELSEWHERE

Mounir Fatmi , Crossing the Line 1, 2015

Lawrie Shabibi presents Inside the Fire Circle, Mounir Fatmi’s first solo exhibition in Dubai. The exhibition expands on the artist’s interest in the circle, its form and symbolic meaning throughout history. Fatmi examines the life of John Howard Griffin (1920 –1980), an American activist, journalist and author from Texas, who wrote about racial equality and was known for his fight against racial discrimination during the Civil Rights Movement. These two seemingly opposing themes connect through Fatmi’s interest in the idea of repetition, erasure, movement and the tendency of history to repeat itself.

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ABOUT: Lawrie Shabibi is a contemporary art gallery housed in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue. The gallery supports the long-term development of the careers of young international contemporary artists with a focus on those from the Middle East and North Africa.

EVENT INFORMATION 8 March - 27 April 2017 Location: Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 18:00 +971 4 346 9906 lawrieshabibi.com @LawrieShabibi

Rashid Rana’s splicing and stitching technique tears apart and reassembles photographs of canonical art historical and contemporary imagery.

THE VAST: MIRRORS OF THE MIND Bill Viola has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art. His works focus on universal human experiences: birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness.

HADIEH SHAFIE In a preview to her upcoming April exhibition, the gallery presents new work of Hadieh Shafie’s scroll series. ABOUT: Since its establishment over three decades ago, Leila Heller Gallery has gained worldwide recognition as a pioneer in promoting creative

Bill Viola, Lifespans, 2012, video still: Kira Perov

LEILA HELLER GALLERY Rashid Rana, Covert Overt (from Transliteration Series), 2016

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dialogue and exchange between international artists and currently represents a diverse roster of Western and Middle Eastern artists. Its Dubai space opened in 2015. SPECIAL EVENT March 13, 17:00 Curator Talk: Rashid Rana in conversation with Glenn Lowry, Director of MOMA EVENT INFORMATION 9 March - 22 April 2017 Location: Warehouse 87, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 +971 4 321 6942 leilahellergallery.com @leilahellergallery 67


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MIRZAM CHOCOLATE MAKERS

OPTICAL VARIATIONS

BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY & CRAFT

Damien Bénéteau, Length variations, 2013

Frank Buckworld, Machine Lights Type 01

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Optical Variations is an exhibition by French artist and light sculptor Damien Bénéteau, featuring five of his illuminated, hypnotising monochromatic mobiles. A photographer by training, Bénéteau creates art dedicated to light, capturing it in a way that renders it nearly tangible. ABOUT: A captivating universe of kinetic art where Horological Machines and Mechanical Art Devices reign supreme.

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EVENT INFORMATION 26 February - 26 April 2017 Location: Warehouse H-81, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 -19:00 +971 4 330 7366 madgallery.ae @mbfmadgallery

A limited edition wrapper has been crafted for the Mirzam submission to Tashkeel’s Mind the Gap exhibition, p164. Somewhere between the invention of industrial chocolate making machinery and ancient Aztec stone grinding lies the craft chocolate making movement.

CHOCOLATE & TRADE: AN ART DUBAI COLLABORATION What does taste trade like? Art Dubai and Mirzam reflect on global trade through a limited edition chocolate recipe, with a wrapper designed by Fikra Designs to accompany Global Art Forum 11, p98. The story of Mirzam, inspired by the Spice Route and Caravan trading paths, as well as celestial navigation, is closely tied with global trade movements, in particular that of cocoa, a listed commodity. The new recipe features an ingredient traded very commonly from Dubai to the rest of the world. In fact, while it doesn’t grow in the Emirates, Dubai is the world’s biggest exporter of this delicate and aromatic plant. Can you guess what it is? Bars only available from the Mirzam space throughout March 2017.

EVENT INFORMATION 1 - 31 March 2017 Location: Warehouse 70, Alserkal Avenue Open: Usually 10:00 - 19:00, until 22:00 during Art Week. mirzam.com @mirzamchocolate

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | The Odd Piece

Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Salsali Private Museum

THE ODD PIECE

SALSALI PRIVATE MUSEUM

LAUNCH OF THE JAIME HAYON FURNITURE AND ACCESSORY COLLECTION Kambiz Sabri, Yellow Dive, 2008

Jaime Hayon, Showtime 10

The Odd Piece brings the Showtime Collection by contemporary Spanish Jaime Hayon to the UAE for the first time. On display will be the Multileg sideboard: a modular, multipurpose and multileg piece of furniture and a selection of Jaime Hayon vases. ABOUT The Odd Piece was launched in 2012 and is a welcome respite from the mass-produced furniture of big brand home design galleries. It specialises in vintage mid-

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century modern furniture, but also presents contemporary pieces of exceptional design, craftsmanship and character. EVENT INFORMATION From 12 March 2017 Location: Unit 65, Al Serkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 +971 4 379 1217 the-oddpiece.com @theoddpiece

Salsali Private Museum is pleased to present an exhibition featuring a wide range of sculpture. Sculpture, the exhibition refers to the meaning of the term itself, looking at the history of sculpture and how this medium has made diverse developments within the art world. This exhibition takes the viewer on a journey to consider the multiple forms and everyday guises sculpture and three-dimensional art can take.

EVENT INFORMATION March - August 2017 Location: Unit 14, Alserkal Avenue Open: Sundays - Thursdays 11:00 - 18:00, Saturdays, 13:00 - 17:00 +971 4 380 9600 salsalipm.com @SalsaliPrivateM

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | Showcase Gallery

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SVENM

UNHOMED

EVERYDAY MASTERPIECES: THE ART OF BUILDINGS

Helen Teede, Rhetoric of Origins

SHOWCASE GALLERY

A question of identity that never arises until it is taken away is that of the home. It forms a seemingly stable and unwavering part of personal history, this stability only called into question when the prospect of leaving or losing your home becomes a reality. Helen Teede explores the relationship between home and identity in the exhibition, Unhomed; the title borrowed from Sigmund Freud via Homi K Bhabha. ABOUT: Showcase Gallery has established a venerable reputation with art collectors and designers alike. Focusing on the old-new 72

antithesis, the gallery juxtaposes rare antiques from the region with an arsenal of contemporary art. SPECIAL EVENT 14 March 2017, 16:00 - 16:30 Artist Talk: Helen Teede explores the concept of ‘home’, Yard Majlis EVENT INFORMATION 12 March - May 12 2017 Location: Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays - Thursdays 10.00 - 19.00 +971 4 379 0940 showcaseuae.com @showcasedubai

Based on the personal perspectives of guest contributors, SVENM presents Everyday masterpieces: the art of buildings, an exhibition looking at standing structures beyond their abstraction, their surfaces and functionality. Generously supported by The Architectural Biennale, the presented illustrations and texts re-think buildings and the act of building, in the context of the creative arts.

EVENT INFORMATION 13 - 18 March 2017 Location: H79, Alserkal Avenue Open: Sundays - Thursdays 10.00 -19: 00, Saturdays 10:00 - 15:00 +971 50 133 5636 svenm.com @svenm #design_stardust

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Dubai: Alserkal Avenue | The Fridge and The Junction

THE FRIDGE

THE JUNCTION

THE THIRD LINE

ART

EVERYTHING MUST GO Sophia Al Maria, detail The Litany, 2016

Photo Credit - Shihas Salim

Major 7 - Nya & The Heartbreakers

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H72 Productions presents the Tony Award winning comedy play Art by Yasmina Reza. The play is adapted & directed by director Gautam Goenka.

ABOUT: Established in 2007, The Fridge develops, manages and promotes over 3,000 performances annually.

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ABOUT: In 2015, The Junction was conceived and built as a space where local and regional theatre talent can thrive.

EVENT INFORMATION

EVENT INFORMATION

13 March 2017, 19:00 - 21:00 Location: Warehouse 5, Alserkal Avenue Contact: +971 4 347 7793 thefridgedubai.com @thefridge

14 March 2017, 20:00 Location: Unit H72, Alserkal Avenue thejunctiondubai.com @junctiondubai Tickets are 85 AED and can be purchased at The Junction reception or at tixbox.com

The Third Line is proud to present the first solo exhibition by Sophia Al-Maria in the UAE. The exhibition EVERYTHING MUST GO is an iteration of Black Friday – Sophia’s solo exhibition at The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2016 – and takes its name from a new series of work. ABOUT: The Third Line is a Dubaibased art gallery that represents contemporary Middle Eastern artists locally, regionally and internationally and hosts non-profit, alternative programmes to increase interest and dialogue in the region.

SPECIAL EVENT 12 - 18 March 2017, 18:00 A Guided Tour of the exhibition will take place daily EVENT INFORMATION 22 February - 1 April 2017 Location: Warehouse 78, 80, Alserkal Avenue Open: Saturdays to Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 +971 4 341 1367 thethirdline.com @thethirdlinedxb

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Voices of Art Dubai

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MYRNA AYAD

Fair Director, Art Dubai

GLOBAL

I’d like visitors to walk away from Art Dubai having learnt something new. There are plenty of opportunities to discover artists: out of our 94 galleries coming from 43 countries, several are coming for the first time, from as far afield as Algeria, Norway and Peru. Particularly memorable might be an ‘interruption’ in the halls by performances, a multi-sensory experience through Atfal Ahdath’s take on The Room or listening to an inspiring conversation at the Global Art Forum. This year sees our inaugural symposium accompanying Art Dubai Modern and a tribute exhibition to the late, great, Hassan Sharif. The fair’s diverse community programming brings so much rich content to Art Week, helping to keep artists, curators, students and professionals all busy and inspired.

PABLO DEL VAL

MODERN

International Director, Art Dubai

Leave prior judgements at home and arrive at the fair with an enquiring eye and open mind. Ask questions, make connections and actively engage with the art you are looking at, especially the works that speak to you. An art fair is a unique opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with galleries and see vastly different artworks in the same space. This year sees a number of hybrid artworks on display that break boundaries between standard definitions of media, is it a painting, a sculpture, a video? Why is it moving? Why is it changing colour? Viewing art should be a surprising and dynamic experience. Contemporary artists are discussing issues we are all dealing with in our daily lives so our relationship with it should be closer – don’t be afraid and embrace the experience.

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DISCOVERY

ART DUBAI Anila Quayyum Agha, Al Hamra Nights (installation), 2016. Courtesy of the Artist and Aicon Gallery

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HELD UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HH SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM, VICE PRESIDENT AND PRIME MINISTER OF THE UAE AND RULER OF DUBAI Art Dubai is a leading international art fair, welcoming the global art world to Dubai each year. This year marks the fair’s first edition under its new Director Myrna Ayad. The fair acts as a gateway to art from around the world and is the preeminent place to discover works from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Art Dubai 2017 will feature 277 artists from over 40 countries, representing more than 60 nationalities. With 25 galleries attending the fair for the first time and almost three quarters of galleries returning to the fair, Art

Dubai 2017 will feature 90+ galleries from 43 countries. Alongside the contemporary gallery halls, guests will be able to discover Art Dubai Modern, the only platform dedicated to showcasing museumquality works by modern masters from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The inaugural Art Dubai Modern Symposium takes place at Art Dubai and Alserkal Avenue. Art Dubai also has the most extensive community programming of its kind which includes Art Dubai Projects, focusing for the first time solely on performance art; A.i.R. around the city; Global Art Forum 11, the most significant annual arts conference in the Middle East and Asia, which this year focuses on the trade of goods and ideas that shape– 77


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Lana Fahmi, Sima Dance Company, Self Purification

CONTEMPORARY

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Art Dubai Contemporary 2017 features 79 galleries from 41 countries spread across its two gallery halls; including a selection of 30+ galleries focusing on solo or two-artist exhibitions, showing alongside collective presentations by galleries with multi-artist shows; highlighting the revamped sections within the halls.

and reshape–the world; The Room a large-scale immersive and performative daily gala dinner and the unveiling of the ninth Abraaj Group Art Prize, the most significant art prize in the region awarded to Rana Begum whose commission will be presented alongside works by three shortlisted artists in an exhibition seepage/ritual curated by Omar Berrada.

PUBLIC OPENING HOURS

Art Dubai is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group and is sponsored by Julius Baer and Piaget. Madinat Jumeirah is home to the event. The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority is a strategic partner of Art Dubai and supports the fair’s yearround education programme.

Day ticket (valid one day, either March 16, 17, 18): 50 AED if purchased online, 80 AED if purchased onsite Permanent ticket (valid all days, March 16 -18): 80 AED if purchased online, 120 AED if purchased onsite

15 March 2017 13:00 - 16:00 (ladies only) 16 March 2017 16:00 - 21:30 (last entrance at 21:00) 17 March 2017 14:00 - 21:30 (last entrance at 21:00) 18 March 2017 12:00 - 18:30 (last entrance at 18:00) TICKET OPTIONS

With a strong representation of returning galleries and several new additions, this year’s line-up features a number of galleries from Europe and North America Returning galleries include Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York), Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris, Brussels), Carlier | Gebauer (Berlin), Galleria Franco Noero (Torino) Victoria Miro (London) and In Situ-Fabienne Leclerc (Paris). First-time participants include Marlborough Gallery (New York, London, Barcelona, Madrid) and Waddington Custot (London). The number of galleries participating from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia reaffirms Art Dubai’s role as a cornerstone of the regional art scene. In addition to 12 galleries participating from the UAE, Art Dubai is delighted to welcome again

Athr Gallery (Jeddah), Chatterjee & Lal (Mumbai), Dastan’s Basement (Tehran), Experimenter (Kolkata), Selma Feriani Gallery (Tunis), Gypsum Gallery (Cairo) and Zawyeh Gallery (Ramallah) as well as newcomers Al Marhoon Gallery from Algeria and Ab/Anbar and Mohsen Gallery from Tehran. Reflecting its global reach, Art Dubai 2017 features its highest ever number of galleries from South America, with galleries from Peru and Uruguay attending for the first time. Exhibiting galleries include Piero Atchugarry Gallery (Pueblo Garzón), Revolver Galeria (Lima), D12 Proyectos de Arte (Santiago) and Vermelho (Sao Paulo).

MODERN With the Modern section now in its fourth edition, Art Dubai is the only platform dedicated to showcasing museum-quality works by modern masters from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. In 2017, Art Dubai Modern features 15 galleries from 12 countries. This selection of galleries presents leading artists from the Middle East including Agial Art Gallery (Beirut), exhibiting the ‘icon of Arab graphic arts’ Mustafa Al Hallaj (1938-2002), ArtTalks (Cairo) presenting Egyptian 79


modernist Mamdouh Ammar (b. 1926), as well as Gallery One (Ramallah) showing Palestinianborn Sliman Mansour (b. 1947). Shirin Gallery (Tehran, New York) will showcase works by Iranian artists Hadi Hazavei (b. 1940) and Houshang Pezeshknia (1917-1972). Pieces by leading modernists from India and Pakistan will be exhibited by Grosvenor Gallery (London), which will present works by recently deceased artist Sayed Haider Raza (1922-2016), a pioneer of Indian Modernism, and Pakistani artists Zahoor ul Akhlaq (1941-1999) and Anwar Jalal Shemza (1928-1985), offered by Jhaveri Contemporary (Mumbai). Presence from the African continent will include, among others, Nigerian

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artists Ben Osawe (1931-2007) and Muraina Oyelami (b. 1940), presented by Tafeta (London). For its 11th edition, and to complement the fair’s Modern hall, Art Dubai introduces the inaugural Art Dubai Modern Symposium–a series of talks and presentations focused on the life, work and cultural impact of 20th century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Renowned curators, scholars and patrons lead the sessions that delve into the styles, influences and practices of artists whose work contributes to the history of art produced in the 20th century. The Art Dubai Modern Symposium is organised with the support of Alserkal Avenue.

Location: Art Dubai Modern Lounge, Mina a’Salam 17:00 Welcome Address Myrna Ayad, Art Dubai Fair Director 17:30 - 18:30 Women and Modernity From challenges to opportunities, this session addresses women in the realm of Modern Middle Eastern art at various points between the 1940s and 1980s. Panelists: HRH Dr. Wijdan Fawaz Al Hashemi, Artist and Founder of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman. Roobina Karode, Director of Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi. Salwa Mikdadi, Associate Professor of Art History at NYU Abu Dhabi. Dr. Sam Bardaouil Independent Curator and Academic, Co-founder of Art Reoriented. Moderated by Dr. Nada Shabout, Professor of Art History and Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Studies Initiative at the University of North Texas, USA, and member of Art Dubai Modern Advisory Committee

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teamLab, Flowers and People – Dark, 2015. Courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary And The Artist

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Location: Art Dubai Modern Lounge, Mina a’Salam 17:00 - 18:00 Preserving Modernism This discussion focuses on the need to preserve, document, archive and support Modern art in the region through publications, exhibitions and online platforms. Panelists: Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President, Sharjah Art Foundation. Dr. Nada Shabout, Professor of Art History and Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Studies Initiative at the University of North Texas, USA, and member of Art Dubai Modern Advisory Committee. Karim Sultan, Curator, Barjeel Foundation, Sharjah Moderated by Kristine Khouri, Researcher and writer, cofounder of the History of Arab Modernities in the Visual Arts Study Group, and member of Art Dubai Modern Advisory Committee 18:00 - 19:00 Modernists and Spirituality With presentations by S.H. Raza, Anwar Jalal Shemza and Hadi Hazavei within Art Dubai Modern, this discussion will address the influence of 81


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Islamic aesthetics in Modern art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Panelists: Dr. Clare Davies, Assistant Curator, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Dr. Venetia Porter, Curator, Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Art, the British Museum, London and Nada Raza, Research Curator, Tate Research Center: Asia. Moderated by Dr. Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor at Cornell University’s Department of History of Art, New York, and member of Art Dubai Modern Advisory Committee

10:00 Welcome Address Vilma Jurkute, Director of Alserkal Avenue 10:15 - 10:30 Tribute To Saloua Raouda Choucair Saleh Barakat, Founder, Agial Art Gallery and Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut 10:30 - 11:30 Managing Estates: A Gallery Story As recognition for regional modernists grows through a greater appreciation amongst collectors, institutional

Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Assistant Curator, Collections International Art, Tate Modern

exhibition and acquisitions, estates are being formed and managed. This discussion addresses the processes and intricacies behind estate formation, management and the safeguarding of modernists’ legacies. Panelists: Amrita Jhaveri, Founder, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai Conor Macklin, Director, Grosvenor Gallery, London. Shirin Partovi Tavakolian, Founder, Shirin Gallery, Tehran / New York. Moderated by Tairone Bastien, Programming Director, Alserkal Avenue 11:30 - 12:30 Different Regions, Shared Influences The Maghreb and South Asia: continents apart, culturally distinctive and spiritually varied and yet, works by modernists from these regions share influences and styles, which have often intersected and found parallels. Panelists: Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of Dhaka Art Summit. Ridha Moumni, Independent Curator and Research Associate at the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain, Tunis. Dr Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor at Cornell University’s Department of History of Art, New York and member of Art Dubai Modern Advisory Committee. Moderated by:

12:30 - 13:30 Syria Calling A discussion with Syrian artist Elias Zayat about the inspiration, symbolism and mythology behind his iconic work, Deluge: The Gods Abandon Palmyra, and the impact of the Syrian crisis on him and fellow artists. Panelists: Elias Zayat, Artist, Syria Henry Kim, Director, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Ghaleb Khater, La Melodie du Pauvre,1958

Ghaleb Khater, Dove of Peace,1966

addressed and mirrored their times – from conflict and poverty to traditions and spirituality. Panelists: Ayo Adeyinka, Founder, TAFETA, London. Laura May Barlow, Curator, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha Fatenn Mostafa, Founder, ArtTalks | Egypt, Cairo. Moderated by Catherine David, Deputy Director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and member of Art Dubai Modern Advisory Committee

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Voices of Art Dubai

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VOICES OF ART DUBAI YASMINA REGGAD

Curator, Art Dubai Commissions

PERFORMANCE

It’s the right time to have a dedicated focus on performance art at the fair. There are no rules but risks to take. Performances tackle the idea of repetition: from rehearsal, to looping, to reenactment and the status of the archive. I am pursuing the idea of interrupting, diverting and disturbing the audience, turning them into the exhibited artwork. I believe this is something performance art and gestures do best. You can witness very genuine and memorable reactions; it is always rewarding to see people surprised, curious and intrigued by the art form. p88

ATFAL AHDATH

Commissioned artists for The Room, Art Dubai Projects The Room commission is a playground for artists outside the context of the exhibition space. In that sense it is quite a unique and liberating experience. Working as a collective involves a lot of fighting. We do not vote; we have to agree. Creatively this is invigorating as it forces us to be sharp and radical with our decisions. Most of our work is built on experimentation, chance, and also mistakes. Whether its in gastronomy, video or installation, we approach it with a mix of obsessive fascination and reckless mischievousness. You can expect at least one mythical creature to be on the menu. p88

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COMMISSIONS

RANA BEGUM

Winning artist, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 When viewers walk around the installation, they experience the ever-changing reflections on the glass panels. The movement of natural light throughout the day, the only contingent element in the work, activates the composition and unites the whole piece. My practice draws inspiration from both the vibrancy and chaos of urban landscapes like Dubai and the distilled repetition of geometric patterns, which abound in traditional Islamic art and architecture. The work stems from my interest in the interplay between light and colour, specifically how overlapping, transparent coloured planes interact and create a third layer of colour and geometry. Winning the prize has allowed me to see the concept come to life at a much larger scale and make my last few years of research come together. p86

ARTIST

OMAR BERRADA

Curator, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 As a curator, you might think of artists’ countries or regions of origin when considering large group shows or in the context of reflecting on geopolitical imbalances in the art world for instance. But when you are working with an artist on a project, only the one-on-one relationship counts, irrespective of where the artist is from.

CURATOR

I have really thought of the AGAP exhibition as a group show, so I can’t wait to see the works come together and interact in the exhibition space. I am also very excited for the four artists to finally meet, after each of them heard me speak about the three others for several months! p86 85


Rana Begum, No.680, 2016, Courtesy of Jhaveri Contemporary and Parasol Unit, Photograph by Philip White.

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ART PRIZE 2017

ABRAAJ GROUP ART PRIZE 2017 Winning Artist Rana Begum Shortlisted Artists Sarah Abu Abdallah Doa Aly Raha Raissnia Guest Curator Omar Berrada

ABRAAJ GROUP ART PRIZE 2017 marks the 9th edition of the Abraaj Group Art Prize which has been recognised globally as an exceptional platform for artists from the MENASA. The aim of the prize is to empower potential and give often underrepresented contemporary artists the resources to further develop their talent. Following the application and jury process, four artists are shortlisted for the prize and one (of the four) artists awarded the $100,000 86

commission. The three shortlisted artists receive a cash prize and are represented in a group exhibition at Art Dubai. Curated by Omar Berrada, new work by winning artist Rana Begum will be presented alongside works by shortlisted artists Doa Aly, Sarah Abu Abdallah, Raha Raissnia in an exhibition entitled seepage/ritual.

Rana Begum's newly-commissioned work is included in a group exhibition—featuring all the artists, and curated by Omar Berrada Art Dubai March 15-18, 2017 Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai artdubai.ae abraajgroupartprize.com @AbraajArtPrize facebook.com/AbraajArtPrize

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PROJECTS Through its year-round community activity, educational initiatives and artistic programming, Art Dubai redefines what an art fair can be and has been a leading force in the development of the cultural landscape of the Middle East. Art Dubai Commissions programme has grown significantly since the fair’s last edition and includes sitespecific works as well as a series of five specially commissioned performances, curated by guest curator Yasmina Reggad, and presented by international artists, Manuel Pelmus, Lana Fahmi, Eglé Budvytytè and Iván Argote. One of the performances will be staged as a tribute to the recently deceased Emirati artist Hassan Sharif. Tour Schedule: 16 & 17 March 2017, 17:00 - 17:30, Meet Joharah Foyer, Madinat Jumeirah Performance Schedule: 16 March 2017, 16:00 - 17:00 & 18 March, 15:00 - 16:00 Lana Fahmi, What Modernity? Art Dubai Modern, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah 16 March 17:30 – 20:30

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17 March 17:00 – 17:30 Manuel Pelmus, Private Collection, Art Dubai Modern, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah 16 &17 March 2017, 19:30 - 20:00 Egle Budvytyte and Iván Argote, Soft Voice, Harsh Melody, Foyer 1, Madinat Jumeirah 16 March 2017, 20:00 – 21:30 Iván Argote and Pauline Bastard, Born to Collect, Art Dubai Projects Booth, Madinat Jumeirah

The Room for Art Dubai 2017. Courtesy of Atfal Ahdath

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17 March 2017, 20:00 – 20:30 18 March 2017, 15:30 – 16:00 Iván Argote and Pauline Bastard, A Walk for Two, Art Dubai Projects Booth, Madinat Jumeirah

THE ROOM The Room is an immersive, large-scale interactive installation that takes place at the Fair each year. The series unfolds in two interconnected rooms in the Mina a’Salam Hotel, and incorporates artist collaborations, gastronomy and performance. Atfal Ahdath the Beirut based art collective consisting of Vartan Avakian, Hatem Imam and Raed Yassin will be presenting Cooking Liberty, a visual and gastronomic happening.

Taking cues from Dali’s book, and his oeuvre in general and with the use of exaggeration and repetition, Atfal Ahdath present the guests with edible dreams in an immersive setting reminiscent of a grandiose banquet. Recipes of famous dishes will be structurally and molecularly reconstituted to create contradictory gustative sensations where the intensely sensorial experience flirts with familiarity and expectation. The menu includes exquisite dishes as well as sonic, olfactory and visual courses.

Public Opening Hours 16 March 2017, 16:00 -19:00 17 March 2017, 14:00 - 19:00 18 March 2017, 12:00 - 18.30 Gala Dinners: 13 , 16 & 17 March 2017, 20:00 - 22:30 Location: Mina a'Salam Hotel

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ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE (A.I.R) DUBAI Art Dubai, in partnership with Tashkeel and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, are commissioning a series of public artworks around Dubai for its annual residency programme, A.i.R Dubai. A.i.R Dubai provides a platform for artists to develop new work that extends the life and influence of the project beyond the fair, while facilitating exchange between artists, local communities and the broader cultural landscape.

ART DUBAI FILM Art Dubai Film is a programme of video and film by and about artists, featuring unique screenings. The 2017 film programme is an extension of the non-commercial leg of the fair and presents films by artists and participants who are already involved in the 2017 programme, including Art Dubai Fellowship, Global Art Forum, AGAP and The Room. The 2017 programme also includes Moving Images, a partnership between Dubai International Film

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Festival, Sharjah Art Foundation and Art Dubai, dedicated to artists’ films and filmmakers’ art in the Arab world.

HOMAGE WITHOUT AN HOMAGE 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. Featuring the core group of UAE conceptual artists Hussein Sharif, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, and Mohammed Kazem, the show also includes artist, writer and filmmaker Nujoom Al Ghanem, Emirati artists Ebtisam AbdulAziz, Layla Juma, Shaikha Al Mazrou and Jumairy, along with international artists and friends Vivek Vilasini, Cristiana de Marchi, Salwa Zeidan, Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh & Hesam Rahmanian. Guided Tour Programme: 15 March 2017 (Ladies preview), 15:30 - 16:00 16 March 2017, 18:00 - 18:30 17 March 2017, 15:30 - 16:00 Location: Julius Baer Lounge, Art Dubai

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Hassan Sharif, Cotton Rope, 2016. Courtesy Estate of Hassan Sharif and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

Dubai | Art Dubai | A.i.R, Art Dubai Film and Homage Without an Homage

EDUCATION Art Dubai Fellowship Highlights of Art Dubai’s educational programming include the fair’s Fellowship Programme, a network of exceptional artists, writers and curators working in the Middle East, coming together for a week-long

series of intensive workshops during Art Dubai and after The Fair. Led by writer and curator Tirdad Zolghadr, the 2017 programme addresses the specific issue of artists writing. With the emphasis placed on the relationship between an artist’s written output and their overall artistic practice.

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Students being given a guided tour by Wael Hattar at Art Dubai 2016

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For the first time, this year’s edition of the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program will also feature daily drop-in workshops. These additional sessions will allow more people to experience the program and join without requiring prior sign-up. One drop-in workshop will take place each public day for the duration of 2 hours.

THE 2017 FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME IS SUPPORTED BY JULIUS BAER. Campus Art Dubai Campus Art Dubai (CAD) is a school for artists, curators, writers, architects, designers and cultural producers based in the UAE. Meetings occur over weekends and feature courses, talks, workshops, taught and led by a local and international cast of academics, critics, curators and artists. The course provides a space for critical thinking and the exchange of ideas and skills, with participants encouraged to collaborate, debate and challenge. CAD Core 5.0 is led by Murtaza Vali, Uzma Z Rizvi and Lantian Xie, with

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an invited group of international and local guest tutors, and focuses on the theme On Engagement: Rethinking Investment. Campus Art Dubai is part of Art Dubai’s educational programming and is held in partnership with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and is supported by d3. Art Dubai’s community programme includes workshops, publications and discovery tours for children and teenagers. Each March, we partner with The Cultural Office to produce the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program, designed to provide access to skills and ideas for UAE-based children and teenagers aged 5-17 with the long-term aim of encouraging young people to get involved and excel in the arts.

Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program: Workshops The 2017 program will feature Expanding Treasures, by Amsterdambased Suzan Drummen, who will be joined by a group of UAE-based apprentice artists and designers looking to specialise in children’s art education. The workshops will see families and children work together to create a large-scale temporary installation on-site at the fair, inspired by patterns, colors and eye-catching materials. During the sessions, children will be guided by Drummen and the apprentice artists. The sessions will allow the participants the opportunity to explore their creative potential.

16 March 2017 16:00 - 17:30 Workshop A for public (5-12 years) 18:00 - 19:30, Workshop A for public (5-12 years) 20:00 - 21:30, Workshop B drop in (5-17 years) 17 March 2017 14:00 - 15:30, Workshop A for public (5-12 years) 16:00 - 17:30, Workshop A for public (5-12 years) 18:00 - 20:00, Workshop B drop in (5-17 years) 18 March 2017 12:00 - 13:30, Workshop A for public (5-12 years) 14:00 - 15:30, Workshop A for public (5-12 years) 16:00 - 18:00, Workshop B drop in (5-17 years)

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Discovery Tours The Discovery Tours are tailormade tours that are designed to enable young children to discover key pieces around the fair, with the works brought alive via thematic activity maps and the storytelling of the guides. The tours take place daily from 16 March 16 - 18 March 2017. The tours are split across three age groups (ages 5-7), (ages 8-12) and (ages 13-18). Groups are limited to 20 children. A tour of the fair takes approximately 45 minutes. Tours are booked on a first come first serve basis.

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16 March 2017 16:30 -17:15, Discovery Tour 1 (5-7 years) 17:30 -18:15, Discovery Tour 2 (5-7 years) 18:30 - 19:15, Discovery Tour 3 (8-12 years) 18:30 - 19:15, Discovery tour 4 (13-18years)

17 March 2017 14:00 - 14:45, Discovery Tour 1 (5-7 years) 15:00 - 15:45, Discovery Tour 2 (8-12 years) 16:00 - 16:45, Discovery Tour 3 (8-12 years) 16:45 - 17:30, Discovery Tour 4 (13-18 years) 17:45 - 18:30, Discovery Tour 5 (13-18 years)

18 March 2017 12:00 - 12:45, Discovery Tour 1 (5-7 years) 13:00 - 13:45, Discovery Tour 2 (8-12 years) 14:00 - 14:45, Discovery Tour 3 (13-18 years) 15:00 - 15:45, Discovery Tour 4 (5-7 years) 16:00 - 16:45, Discovery Tour 5 (8-12 years) 17:00 - 17:45, Discovery Tour 6 (13-18 years)

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Voices of Global Art Forum

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VOICES OF GLOBAL ART FORUM PAUL GRIFFITHS

CEO, Dubai Airports, speaker at the Global Art Forum 11

TRADING PLACES

Approximately 1.6 million people experience our airports every week: they are a window on Dubai. Connecting passengers experience a fleeting but impactful glimpse of the spirit of innovation and Arabian hospitality for which Dubai is worldrenowned. For those visiting our great Emirate, we set the tone and make that all-important first impression. It is a tremendous responsibility and one we take seriously. Every day we strive to find novel ways to improve passenger experience, matching optimised processes and technology while, ideally, adding in a dash of Dubai-style flair. p100

SHUMON BASAR

GLOBAL ART FORUM 11 TRADING PLACES

January 13-14, 2017 Dubai/Sharjah March 15-17, 2017 Dubai “Trade is at the heart of humankind. Trade connects people to one another in a myriad of ways, seen and unseen. Trade can fuel civilizations and empires. It can dictate time itself. The end of trade turns somewhere suddenly into nowhere.”

Commissioner, Global Art Forum 11 You think of trade, and maybe you think of economics and trade deals and exchange rates. But there’s so much more, culturally, intellectually, creatively. We build up new maps of knowledge by bringing art adjacent to history, anthropology, science, music. Secondly, we have an expanded approach to geography that starts with our location, in Dubai, and then keeps zooming out, to the Gulf, the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and so on, equally looking for ways in which places are thought of through their connections rather than their differences. Dubai and the UAE have been historic trade hubs for centuries if not way longer. Trade

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Convening the most compelling minds from the fields of art, history, economics, philosophy, urbanism, literature and more, to tell untold histories and stories on the trade of goods and ideas that shape – and reshape – the world.

has been at the heart of societies, from pearls to oil to shipping logistics and the region’s largest stock exchange. This is reflected in the diversity of food, cinema, hair grooming, architecture. Trade may have brought people here, but, once here, those same people give rise to a cornucopia of cultures that become entirely its own thing.

Art Dubai partners with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), and Dubai Design District (d3) to present the Forum.


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Dubai | Art Dubai, Global Art Forum

GLOBAL ART FORUM Global Art Forum 11, Day 2, January 2017, Sultan Al Qassimi tour, courtesy of Photo Solutions

and Sharjah in January 2017 before continuing at Art Dubai in March. 16 March: 14:30 - 19:00 17 March: 14:30 - 19:30 18 March: 14:30 - 17:30 Location: Fort Island, Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Free and open to all, this year’s Global Art Forum is simultaneously translated into Arabic and English.

The fair’s critically acclaimed Global Art Forum is the largest talks programme in the Middle East and Asia and recognised as a leading international platform for engaging cultural debate. It was launched by Art Dubai at its in 2007. In 2017, it is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and supported by d3 under the theme Trading Places, and focuses on the trade of goods and ideas that shape – and reshape – the world. Featuring a diverse line-up of more than 30 speakers, the talks are conceived by Shumon Basar as Commissioner, with Antonia Carver and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera as Co-directors. The five days of live talks and performances launched in Dubai at Dubai Design District (d3) 98

Trading Places will explore the relationship between the economy of goods and ideas that constantly shape who and where we are. From ancient ports to the “New Silk Road” to algorithmic financial markets, the infrastructure of trade is also a geography of imagination and invention. It is also the foundation upon which Dubai and sibling Gulf cities have forged their pasts and their futures, from pearls to airports.

COMMISSIONER Shumon Basar has overseen the creative direction of the Global Art Forum since 2011, becoming Commissioner in 2013. He is a writer, whose last book was The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, co-authored with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich

Obrist. He holds editorial positions at Bidoun and Tank magazines; directs the FORMAT programme at the Architectural Association, London; and is ¬a founding member of ¬Fondazione Prada’s Thought Council. @shumonbasar

CO-DIRECTORS Based in the UAE since 2001, Antonia Carver is Director of Art Jameel and oversees the development of the foundation’s work in heritage, education and the arts. She was previously Director of Art Dubai (2010-2016), spearheading the development of both the commercial and not-forprofit sectors of the fair. Carver has written extensively—and often on Middle Eastern art and film—as a correspondent for The Art Newspaper and Screen International, among other publications, and edited books and journals. She joined Bidoun as an editor in 2004 and later became the director of the Middle Eastern arts organisation’s projects division. Before moving to Dubai in 2001, Carver was based in London and worked as an editor at Phaidon; in development and projects at the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva); and in publishing at G+B Arts International. @antcarver

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is a London-based Colombian writer, art critic and philosopher. He is the author of the award-winning What If Latin America Ruled the World? (Bloomsbury, 2010) and the Top-Ten Guardian best-selling Story of a Death Foretold (Bloomsbury, 2013) also shortlisted for the Bread & Roses Award in 2014. Both were included on the Books of the Year list in 2010 and 2013, respectively, by the Financial Times and the Observer, having received critical acclaim by reviewers in the Washington Post, the Nation, the Observer, Kirkus, Guardian, Booklist, and star-reviews in Publisher’s Weekly. GuardiolaRivera is a regular in the literary festival circuit, with appearances in London, Hay, Bath, Edinburgh and Jaipur Literary festivals, among others. He has widespread media presence, writing as a columnist for the Guardian and El Espectador, Monocle, Kindle Magazine India and teleSUR English. He lectures on Philosophy and Law at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Dubai | Art Dubai | Global Art Forum Schedule

Dubai | Art Dubai | Global Art Forum Schedule

14:30 Welcome & Introduction By Global Art Forum Commissioner Shumon Basar with Co-directors Antonia Carver and Oscar GuardiolaRivera.

15: 45 $OLD! PACK! $£ND! National Museum of Modern Art deputy director Catherine David 16:00 DE$£RT! Dar al-Ma’mûn founder Omar Berrada. 16:45 GOLD! : Mumbai to Dubai Barjeel Art Foundation founder Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi with professors Dr N Janardhan, James Onley and Neha Vora. 17:45 SHIP! Researcher Laleh Khalili. 18:15 $OLD! PACK! $£ND! Professor and Director of Contemporary Arab and 100

18:30 TAK£ OFF! : Music for Airports Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths in conversation with Antonia Carver. 14:30 Welcome & Introduction By Global Art Forum Commissioner Shumon Basar with Co-directors Antonia Carver and Oscar GuardiolaRivera. 14:45 RAID! : The East Indian Company World-renowned historian and Jaipur Festival Director William Dalrymple. 15:15 ROUTE! : Invisible Infrastructures Artists Slavs and Tatars and Trevor Paglen, joined by William Dalrymple and Shumon Basar for discussion. 16:15 $OLD! PACK! $€ND! Artist and scholar Iftikhar Dadi. 16:45 B£LI£V£! : Two Saudi Cities Athr Gallery co-founder

Hamza Serafi, and artist Ahmed Mater in conversation with Metropolitan Museum of Art assistant curator Clare Davies.

by Fricke, Samsara is a vast, silently meditative exploration of the beauty and horrors traded in the minds and markets of the modern world.

17:45 BR£AK! Political theorist Jane Anna Gordon.

2017 PROJECT: DRAGON!

18:15 $OLD! PACK! $£ND! Researcher Kristine Khouri. 18:30 FUNK! Indian poetess Tishani Doshi and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera.

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14: 45 ACC£L£RAT£! Writer Stephanie Bailey, curator Mohammad Salemy and artist Oscar Murillo in a discussion hosted by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera.

Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative Dr Nada Shabout.

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14:30 - 16:30 MONUM€NTAL Environmental artist Christo 17:00-19:00 SCREENING CINEMA AKIL PRESENTS “SAMSARA” Sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. These are some of the places visited by Samsara (2011), a hypnotic non-verbal, non-narrative feature film which took director Ron Fricke nearly five years to film, in twenty-five countries over five continents. Cinema Akil presents Fricke’s mesmerizing follow-up to his acclaimed Baraka (1992). Another sensory experience

Dragon Mart, located in Dubai and shaped like a dragon, is the largest trading hub for Chinese products outside mainland China. For over a decade, it has been a gateway to Middle East and North African markets. Farah Al Qasimi has produced a specially commissioned photographic study of this special cultural and economic zone, whose slogan is, ‘Where you can find one in a million or a million of one.’ Surely, today’s version of Jorge Luis Borges’ famous Chinese encyclopaedia would look like Dragon Mart.

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Voices of Design

VOICES OF DESIGN SUZANNE TROCMÉ

PLATFORM

Award-winning furniture designer, author, curator and educator

INNOVATE

Dubai is developing into an extraordinary hub for design, both planned and organic. Activities in March spawn massive efforts by the local community and bring together creatives from across the MENASA region. The combined efforts by designers, curators and organisers are very evident. Design is all around us. A newcomer to the field of design should visit Design Days Dubai because the condensed platform helps focus the eye and understand more what makes good design. It hones the very essence of design. It is thrilling to think I have met more good women designers working in the UAE than ever imagined in the U.K. p107

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Dubai: d3 | Design Days Dubai

DESIGN DAYS DUBAI Silo Studio, Newton’s Buckets, 24 x 33.5cm, Sylvian Deleu

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Returning for its sixth edition and at a new location within Dubai Design District, Design Days Dubai is the leading fair in the Middle East and South Asia dedicated to collectible modern and contemporary design.

education, workshops, installations and live performance allowing visitors to discover and engage with the design community and the works on display.

Positioned as a fair of discovery, the fair’s unique format provides an international platform for the region’s emerging design studios and furniture makers to debut their works, featuring them alongside an eclectic mix of the world’s leading design galleries. Running parallel to the exhibitor line-up is a strong non-commercial programme of

PUBLIC PROGRAMME Running parallel to the exhibitor line-up is a diverse 4-day programme of a talks, panel discussions, live performances, practical workshops and mentorship sessions which is open to all visitors at no extra charge.

Hands-on workshops and masterclasses by exhibitors such as Craft Council (UK) Design experts from the region, presented by Tashkeel Panel discussions organised with partners Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Nuqat Daily Audi Innovation Talks Live performance by Dutch designer duo Os & Oos, supported by the Dutch Consulate A book signing by Marko Brajovic at The Atlas Bookstore, the region’s dedicated architectural archive Sound by Molecule, live digital radio combining exhibitor interviews and music

AUDI INNOVATION AWARD Renowned for innovation research and international awards that celebrate extraordinary progress and idea leadership, Audi announces the winner of its first ‘Audi Innovation Award’ for the Middle East at Design Days Dubai 2017. Under the inaugural year’s theme Alternative the competition received applications from designers offering concepts that

integrate existing solutions into new uses, ranging from lifestyle, healthcare, mobility, education and urban public spaces. The competition seeks to empower regional designers while archiving intellectual progress in the Middle East region. THE TOP 10 FINALISTS ARE: Abdhul Hazeeb Madamapat, Daniel Kobel, Fatima Al Doukhi, Fortuné Penniman, Hussein Aljabi & Mohammed Shukkur, Musab Nahar and Sadeem. The top three finalists are: Sahar Madanat Design Studio with One Handed Tableware Set, Nick Karintzaidis Gaudi System and Mansour Attia with Metro-Bike Fly-Over. Visit the Audi Lounge to see the top 10 designs and the models of the top three finalists; and discover the theme for the award’s second edition. Location: Audi Lounge, Design Days Dubai audiinnovationaward.com #AudiInnovationAward

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Dubai: d3 | Design Days Dubai

Urban Commissions 3.0 Cecilia Morsi, Mu Table, 2017

THE MIDDLE EAST EMERGENT DESIGNER PRIZE BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

URBAN COMMISSIONS 3.0 – COMMUNAL TABLE Urban Commissions, a design competition set up by d3 and Dubai Culture & Arts Authority to engage with the UAE’s creative community and promote its diverse production industries, unveils the winning design under this year’s theme: the communal table, a celebration of the Emirati tradition of gathering for conversation, collaboration and respite. In support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision to transform Dubai into an innovation-driven

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economy, the Urban Commissions initiative since its launch in 2014 focuses on stimulating creativity in the UAE, inspiring the development of new technologies, creating smart and sustainable infrastructure, and driving entrepreneurship and small business growth within the arts and design sector. The 2017/2018 edition of Urban Commissions will open for submissions in late 2017. The three finalists are Alya AlEghfeli and Jawaher AlKhayyal, Sarah Faruki, and Cecilia Morosi of SUPERFUTUREDESIGN*. #Urban Commissions

Van Cleef & Arpels, in collaboration with Tashkeel and Design Days Dubai, announces the finalists of The Middle East Emergent Designer Prize. Designers of its fifth edition were invited to submit designs for purposeful or functional products that embody the theme of Growth. The theme touches upon of the importance of both physical and intellectual growth; participants were asked submit designs for products that reflect growth related to the aesthetics of their culture, expressing their attitudes towards education and aspirations to grow, whilst serving the practical needs of the contemporary society. Finalists will be selected based on based on creativity, innovation and aesthetics The primary aim of the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize is to support and nurture emerging regional talent and create global awareness by highlighting the region’s best designs at the renowned Dubai Design Days forum.

BRITAIN TAKES SHAPE EXHIBITION In support of the 2017 UK/UAE Year of Creative Collaboration, the Dubai

Culture & Arts Authority, will host an exhibition of British contemporary design within the 2017 edition of Design Days Dubai. Curated by Suzanne Trocmé, award-winning designer/author/curator, Britain Takes Shape will feature the work of 10 pioneers of British design. All of the designs on display have been produced in the UK as one-off pieces or in batch production and are being shown for the first time in the UAE. Running alongside the exhibition are a series of talks and workshops hosted by the British-based designers, giving unparalleled access to UAE audiences.

ART OF CRAFTS EXHIBITION This Van Cleef & Arpels’ exhibition at Design Days Dubai pays tribute to savoir-faire: the ability to bring depth, beauty and life to incredible designs. On display will be the Émeraude en majesté collection and an exhibition of Porcelain de Sèvres, presenting an array of their most artistic and treasured designs, celebrating the traditional craft of porcelain métier d’art. During the exhibition, admirers of crafts are welcome to experience workshops: Gouache drawing, brings light and volume to the design from which the jewel is born; whilst the Porcelain de Sèvres workshop asserts traditional skills dating back more than 250 years. 107


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Voices of D3

Juli Bolaños Durman, Crafts Council

VOICES OF D3

MOHAMMAD SAEED AL SHEHHI COO of Dubai Design District

CRAFTS COUNCIL Crafts Council, supported by the British Council, will bring 11 UKbased contemporary designers to showcase their work at Design Days Dubai. The group of exhibitors are selected by a panel of experts and represent some of Britain’s brightest talent. The selected makers represent a range of disciplines and use a variety of experimental materials and techniques including leather, glass, ceramic, crochet and weaving. An extensive educational and outreach programme will run as part of this event.

14 March 2017, d3 12:00 - 15:00 (ladies only) 14 - 16 March 2017 Public programme open 11:00 - 21:00 Design Days Dubai open 15:00 - 21:00 17 March 2017 Public programme open 13:00 - 19:00 Design Days Dubai open 13:00 - 19:00 Day tickets 25 AED if purchased online, 50 AED on the door designdaysdubai.ae @DesignDaysDubai #DDD2017 Tel. +971 4 563 1408 Talks are open to the public and workshops require pre-registration through the website.

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Dubai Design District (d3) is not only the region’s design destination and celebrated hub of creativity but also a thriving neighbourhood: home to a growing collective of

artists and designers whose work is currently shaping the global art and design scene. Through hosting events such as Design Days Dubai, d3 has become central to the development of the design industry in the Middle East by continually nurturing local emerging talent and providing an international platform for established brands to meet a new audience. Ultimately, d3 is constantly evolving to achieve its vision of providing a unique environment in which businesses, retailers, entrepreneurs and individuals are encouraged to unite to collaborate, create, and inspire. p110

IZU ANI

The Lighthouse We were fortunate to find this sunny corner in the d3 neighbourhood: a place that is ever evolving and full of synergies. A large part of the d3 community of designers and creatives are trailblazing entrepreneurs from Dubai and other parts of the Arab world, which suits our concept very well. This was the kind of creative energy we wanted to be surrounded with. The Lighthouse is a new adventure for me as a chef, working on a project where the food and design elements are not only curated but inexorably linked. There are obvious parallels between being a chef and a designer and both food and design speak the same language. You can’t separate one from the other and why should you? We try to perfect that combination every day we step into The Lighthouse and I find that experience very rewarding. p127 109


Dubai: d3 | Discover d3

DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT, D3 DISCOVER D3 – CHAPTER 2

An Open House style event for members of the d3 community and the general public to meet the people, brands and businesses who are shaping the neighbourhood. It’s an invitation to discover the talents who collectively make d3 the home for creativity in the Middle East. It is an opportunity for people to explore the district, take a look in the spaces, showrooms, galleries, offices and retail outlets within the Design Quarter and experience Dubai Design District. Discover d3 is an event to celebrate the many talents that call d3 home, accompanied by tours and a programme of music and entertainment. ABOUT: Dubai Design District, (d3), a member of TECOM Group, is a destination dedicated to design The chosen home for the regions growing collective of creatives, artists and designers; d3 has fast 110

become the hub for inspiration and innovation. d3 has selected a mix of original home grown and international concepts to form a creative community of new retail outlets, restaurants and pop-up events that invite all its visitors to enjoy a more authentic shopping and dining experience. SPECIAL EVENT Discover d3 - Chapter 2 14 and 15 March 2017 16:00 - 20:00

EVENT INFORMATION Location: Dubai Design District, d3 Open: Sundays - Thursdays, 08:00 - 19:00 dubaidesigndistrict.com @d3Dubai #Thisisd3 #Discoverd3 111


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Audi Vorsprung durch Technik

AL GHURAIR UNIVERSITY DUBAI POP-UP – ARCHITECTURE IN A TRANSIENT CITY

This exhibition, curated by professors Tiziano Aglieri Rinella and Ruben Garcia Rubio shows a selection of projects designed during the international workshop of architectural design. Dubai PopUp: architecture in a transient city, held at d3 from 3 - 10 March 2017, organised by Al Ghurair University in collaboration with some international academic partners. Students of architecture and interior design from several European universities worked together with local students from Al Ghurair University. The project’s goal was to find appropriate solutions to reconnect the fragments of the city’s fabric, solving the contradictions generated by the urban sprawl caused by rapid and uncontrolled recent growth. In a city in rapid and constant transformation, these new

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urban facilities should be flexible, transportable and adjustable, conceived as flexible structures able to deal with diverse contexts and conditions. The projects are envisioned for two sites: Deira and the new extension along the Creek of the Dubai Design District. ABOUT: Al Ghurair University (AGU) aims to excel as a premier university in the Gulf and provide affordable, high quality education to the men and women from diversified nationalities by offering programmes at undergraduate and graduate levels.

EVENT INFORMATION

The all-new Audi A5.

15 - 18 March 2017, d3 +971 4 420 0223 +971 52 972 9104 agu.ac.ae

The breathtaking curves highlight an iconic and legendary design. Developed with the 252hp TFSI quattro engine and the Driver Assistance Systems, the all-new Audi A5 provides an uncompromising driving experience. More info at audi-me.com/a5

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Dubai: d3 | Dutch Design Centre

Dubai: d3 | Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE and Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation

DUTCH DESIGN CENTER Sustainability Expert. Unit 503, Building 1B, d3 14 March 2017, 17:00 - 18:00

ABOUT: The Dutch Design Center is the most valuable representation of the Dutch creative sector outside of the Netherlands. It provides an inspiring online and offline platform for the best and latest of Dutch design that aims to spark unique collaborations internationally. Building an inclusive and dynamic community is one of the Dutch Design Center’s main strategic priorities; to exchange knowledge, educate, unlock business opportunities and innovate across borders, a collaborative effort of leading Dutch firms: HunterDouglas, Keller Kitchens, Royal Ahrend and Skyne. HUNTER DOUGLAS Workshop Felt Ceiling Design, Pieter van Rees, Business Development Manager Ceilings. Unit 501, Building 1B, d3 14 March 2017, 16:00 - 17:00 SKYNE Presentation Sustainability in branding and design, Arjen Bemmelmans, Brand Strategist and

BLUE MARLIN IBIZA UAE BLENDER WITH DAVIDE SQUILLACE

DUBAI INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND INNOVATION (DIDI)

HUNTER DOUGLAS Workshop Felt Ceiling Design, Pieter van Rees, Business Development Manager Ceilings. Unit 501, Building 1B, d3 15 March 2017, 16:00 - 17:00 SKYNE Presentation Innovation and radical changes in branding by Dennis de Rond, Founder Skyne - Visionaries in Branding and Design. Unit 503, Building 1B, d3 15 March 2017, 17:00 - 18:00 KELLER KITCHENS Workshop Design your own kitchen by Wim Vos, Retail Business Manager. Units 505 and 506, Building 1B, d3 16 March 2017, 16:00 - 17:00 ROYAL AHREND Virtual Reality tour of the Ahrend Innovation Lab from The Netherlands, showcasing the cutting edge developments and innovations in commercial furniture design. Hosted by Arnold Struik, Marketing and Design Director. Unit 507 and 508, Building 1B, d3 16 March 2017, 17:00 - 18:00

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE presents a special exhibition that connects music and contemporary arts through technology. Blender was an idea created by acclaimed art collector and DJ, Davide Squillace, and developed in collaboration with Boiler Corporation and This and That Lab. The performing platform takes the music of live sets as well as sitespecific field recordings, the noise made by people, their movements and the temperature of their bodies and gives form to a unique object, a testimony of a unique happening. EVENT INFORMATION 14 March 2017 19:00 - 02:00 Location: R04, Building 8, d3 +971 55 718 5743 facebook.com/BMIUAE

DIDI will offer a world class curriculum that will help create a new generation of skilled people in the region, by using design as the vehicle for change to help shape the future of civilsations and contribute to the happiness of societies.

EVENT INFORMATION Location: Ground Floor, Building 6, d3 @DIDI_Dubai didi.ae

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Dubai: d3, Art Exhibitions | East Wing Gallery & Gallery Ward

ART HUB COLLECTION

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Paintings by Leena Al Ayoobi, when Japanese manga meets Bahraini folklore. ABOUT: Citizen E Art Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of contemporary art in all its forms, presenting work by new and established artists from around the world in their d3 gallery space.

EVENT INFORMATION

EVENT INFORMATION

13 - 21 March 21 2017 Location: Shop 2, Building 2, d3 Open: Sundays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00, Fridays, 13:00 - 19:00 +971 55 166 7919 +971 55 302 6401 adah.ae, arthubdubai.com

13 March - 6 April 2017 Location: No. A108, First Floor, Building 6, d3 Open: Sundays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 +971 4 457 2380 citizene.net @citizeneartgallery

GALLERY WARD DANCING EAST

CÊdric Delsaux, The Falcon’s Hiding Place, 2009

Sasho Sazdovska, Black Drop, 2017

ARTISTS:Pandora Sazdovska, Sasho Sazdovski and Milan Andov. ABOUT: Art Hub Gallery Dubai is an exhibition space for the community where proactive ideas, diverse art forms, artists and audiences can come together. A place for the development and collection of artworks inspired by UAE culture, Art Hub Gallery Dubai is a place of experience and inspiration, where art reflects life through the collections, exhibitions, and programmes.

EAST WING Ahmed Kassim, Goddesses and Monsters, 2017

CITIZEN E Leena Al Ayoobi, Girl

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ABOUT: Since 2012 East Wing has been developing a platform of evocative photographic projects that trigger curiosity through innovative practice; enlightening audiences, challenging existing viewpoints and raising discourse on subjects that effect the global community at large. Balancing beauty and information, East Wing provides connections and alternative insights into subjects that matter.

EVENT INFORMATION Location: Ground floor, Building 2, d3 Open: daily, 10:00 - 20:00 +971 50 553 3879 east-wing.org @eastwingphoto

An exhibition of the latest works by Egyptian and UAE- based contemporary artist Ahmed Kassim, curated by Ehab El Labban. Kassim's work combines fictional characters within landscapes, aiming to capture the social, political, ideological and cultural chaos in the rich and structured history of the Middle East. ABOUT: Gallery Ward aims to continuously present and promote contemporary art and design from around the world through curated exhibitions and projects, as essential agents in shaping the art scene in the Arab World and the dialogue surrounding it. EVENT INFORMATION Location: Ground floor, Building 4, d3 Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 11:00 - 19:00 galleryward.com 117


Dubai: d3, Art Exhibitions | Narimane Kurdi Luxury Consultancy and Sconci Art Gallery

EXAMPLES Oliviero Rainaldi, Caduti, 2010

Joelle Kurdy, Chaos 2015

WHEEL OF LIFE

SCONCI ART GALLERY

Joëlle A. Kurdy presents works from her Wheel of Life series for the first time in Dubai. ABOUT: NK Luxury Consultancy (NKLC) is a boutique-consulting house based in d3 dedicated to helping established, international luxury lifestyle brands create presence in Dubai and the GCC.

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SONAR 2 Sinyar Gallery presents a joint art exhibition bringing together works by Emirati artist Salma Al Marri and Syrian artist Dr. Suheil Baddor, titled Sonar 2. The exhibition highlights what these artists have come to through their rich experience of over 30 years. Salma Al Marri’s work combines painting and relief, using acrylic colours in a comprehensive style. Her subjects revolve around sentimental topics. Dr. Suheil Baddor’s work revolves around music and the woman through painting with acrylic and sculpting bronze.

Oliviero Rainaldi is a sculptor and a painter from Italy who has held important exhibitions across the world and his works can be found in major international museums on all continents, considered one of the most important contemporary artists. Since 1976 Rainaldi has focused on the human figure in drawings, paintings and sculptures. ABOUT: Activities of Sconci Art Gallery in the art world began in 1977 in Rome. Now the main branch is in d3, Dubai.

EVENT INFORMATION 12 - 18 March 2017 Location: Office 205, Building 4, d3 Open: 12 - 16 March, 15:00 - 20:00, 17 & 18 March, 12:00 - 21:00 +971 50 444 1935 nkluxuryconsultancy.com joellekurdy.com @narimanekurdi @joelleakurdy

SINYAR GALLERY Dr. Suheil Baddor

NK LUXURY CONSULTANCY

Dubai: d3, Art Exhibitions | Sinyar Gallery

EVENT INFORMATION EVENT INFORMATION 15 - 30 March 2017 Location: 107 - 108, 1st floor, Building 8, d3 Open: Sundays to Wednesdays, 11:00 - 18:00, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays only by appointment +971 55 75 27 504 sconcigallery.com @sconci_gallery

14 - 15 March 2017, 16:00 - 22:00 Location: Office 509A, Building 7, d3 Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 09:00 - 18:00 +971 4 557 3000 sinyargallery.com

ABOUT: A new gallery with an Emirati administration inaugurated in November 2016 in d3. Deeply rooted in the Emirati culture, nothing else can communicate the real meaning of teamwork more than the name (SINYAR).

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Dubai: d3, Design & Luxury | 55FIFTY7

Dubai: d3, Design & Luxury | Aljoud Lootah Design

ALJOUD LOOTAH DESIGN

THE APARTMENT 2

TEBR Aljoud Lootah, Mizlay

55FIFTY7 THE DIAMOND STUDIO

ABOUT: 55FIFTY7 literally translates to Dubai: a perfectly cut diamond derived from the longitude of Dubai, which is 55, and the 57 facets of a flawless diamond. The diamond studio offers a fun, unique opportunity for young talented designers aged seven and above to explore, sketch and design their own distinctive pieces. The young designers will be provided with a video documenting their design process as well as a certificate of creativity. The Incubator - 55FIFTY7’s latest innovation strives to inspire and empower the region’s passionate

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jewellery designers to experiment and create their very own bespoke pieces. Equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology including CAD and CAM facilities, the Incubator includes eight workstations and an extensive library of reference materials making it the lab of choice for established and developing jewellery designers. EVENT INFORMATION 14 March 2017 Location: Unit 402, Building 8, d3 Open: Sundays - Thursdays, 09:00 - 18:00 +971 4 277 1555 55fifty7.com

Aljoud Lootah is showcasing her first Porcelain collection during Design Days Dubai 2017. Titled Tebr, which translates as raw gold, the collection consists of porcelain objects, tableware and home decor which explores intricate patterns that adorned the historic architecture of the UAE, and how it could be introduced into modern everyday lives. ABOUT: Aljoud Lootah is a multidisciplinary designer based in Dubai, UAE, with work exploring the realms of product design and personalised corporate gifts. As a

product designer, she has been involved in projects that distinctly interpret Emirati culture, traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design.

EVENT INFORMATION Location: 106A, Building 7, d3 14 March, 15:00 - 21:00, Sundays - Thursdays, 09:00 -13:00, by appointment only. +971 50 670 4477 www.aljoudlootah.com @AljoudLootah

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Dubai: d3, Design & Luxury | Alshaya Enterprises workspace and DesignLab Experience

ALSHAYA ENTERPRISES WORKSPACE

The iconic lounge change Aria by LaCividina, designed by Antonio Rodriguez is a perfect combination of Spanish technological and craft skills and aesthetic Italian design. The stainless steel frame is laser formed and crafted entirely by hand. ABOUT: Alshaya enterprises workspace division focuses on providing the best office and interior solutions through a portfolio of exclusive international brands to meet the most diverse requirements.

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DESIGNLAB EXPERIENCE

FINASI ALL IN ALL Michela Pomparo, All in All, detail

The Gathering

ARIA

Dubai: d3, Design & Luxury | Finasi

ABOUT: Elevating event design to an art form, Designlab Experience is a multidisciplinary creative practice specialising in design-led international event installations At the heart of the studio is its ability to understand our clients and transform their thoughts into a bespoke, unique experience combining advanced technology with refined craftsmanship.

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12 - 16 March 2017 Location: 103, Building 6, wing A, d3 Open: 08:30 - 17:30 +971 4 607 4200 alshayaenterprises.com

12 - 16 March 2017 Open: 09:00 - 18:00 Location: Office 401, Building 9, d3 +971 4 374 4650 designlabexperience.com

Michela Pomaro conceives an installation that celebrates the poetry of everyday life. Made with innovative materials such as synthetic ceramics, resins, and plexiglas, Pomaro’s playful fruits-inspired artworks transcend their resemblance with real fruits, transformed by Michela’s intelligent use of colour and light and become elegant accessories on Finasi’s hi-tech kitchen surfaces. Curated by Bebe Leone. ABOUT: Founded in Italy in the 1969’s, Finasi has established itself

as a quality-led and trustworthy interiors, furnishing and fit-out provider, with operations in Europe and the Middle East.

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Dubai: d3, Design and Luxury | Lasvit and MCML Studio

Campana Brothers, Ring Candy Collection

LASVIT

ABOUT: Founded by Leon Jakimic, Lasvit sheds a new light on glass and takes it into the next millennium by combining the authenticity of glass with innovative technologies and creative craftsmanship.

EVENT INFORMATION Location: A 109, Building 6, d3 +971 4 453 8689 lasvit.com

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Dubai: d3, Design & Luxury | Nakkash Gallery and Zuleya by FBMI

MCML STUDIO

ABOUT: MCML (Mid Century Modern Lines) Studio is the first gallery in Dubai entirely dedicated to high-end original mid-twentiethcentury antiques including furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass, and textiles. The gallery’s objective is to become the place in the GCC region for any 1950s to 1970s design amateur, collector, designer and architect to find classic designs as well as little-seen rarities from the 1950s -1970s, and unusual “objets d’art”.

NAKKASH GALLERY

ABOUT: Nakkash Gallery is known for providing effortless style and elegance and offers an array of collectible yet affordable limited edition art pieces, furniture and accessories suitable for all spaces and lifestyles. Nakkash Gallery’s list of designers for this year’s Design Days Dubai include Saccal Design House, Lucidi & Pevere, Alberto Nason and Nikkita Bettoni.

ZULEYA BY FBMI

The Fatima bint Mohamed bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI) is a unique social enterprise that harnesses the traditional skills of the Afghan people to produce hand-knotted carpets, embroidered furniture and traditional handicraft at fair market wages in Afghanistan. ABOUT: Zuleya – the retail arm of FBMI is opening its flagship showroom in Dubai Design District. New Zuleya carpet collections will be showcased during Art Week and a new collaboration will be unveiled. There will also be a live carpet weaving demonstration.

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Location: B108, Building 6, D3 Open: by appointment +971 4 514 9740 mcmlstudio.com

13 - 17 March 2017 Location: Mezzanine level, Building 7, d3 Open: Saturdays - Thuursdays, 10:00 - 18:00 +971 4 551 1714 nakkashgallery.com @nakkashgallery

Open throughout Art Week and onwards Location: R-01, Building 2, d3 Open: 10:00 - 22:00 04 3881103, 050 2221821 www.fbmi.ae

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Dubai: d3, Architecture | Zaha Hadid Architects

Dubai: d3, Designer Eateries | Chez Charles and The Lighthouse

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

CHEZ CHARLES

THE LIGHTHOUSE

Elizabeth Germain, Chefs et Brigades

LIVE PAINTING

ABOUT: Zaha Hadid Architects has recently set up a base in the Middle East, with an office and gallery space located in d3. The office and gallery act as a focal point to connect with clients in the region and to also allow the general public to pass by, engage and view the creative space. The gallery includes a display of 20 3D-printed models of Zaha Hadid Architects work, as well as showcasing a timeline of projects, ranging from early paintings and competitions to current, ongoing developments. The gallery is home to some bespoke pieces of Zaha Hadid Design furniture and also has on display the latest collection of homeware products.

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SPECIAL EVENT 14 & 15 March 2017 18:00 - 19:00 Zaha Hadid:The Legacy & The Future, talk by Tariq Khayyat, Head of Region, Zaha Hadid Architects

Chez Charles will host a live painting session with French painter Elizabeth Germain, who has become renowned for perfectly capturing the true essence of charming brasserie life through her artwork. ABOUT: Chez Charles, a brand which has become regionally synonymous with premium quality food, opens its first contemporary brasserie in Dubai in d3.

ABOUT: The Lighthouse is a concept store, a curated space for food and design featuring a broad range of gifting items including lifestyle and tabletop accessories, glass and books and papeterie for adults and children. The Lighthouse kitchen offers a menu inspired by the Mediterranean and its triad of olives, grapes and wheat. A nod to one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the name was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s seminal novel To the Lighthouse.

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12 March 2017 Location: Unit 503, Building 8, d3 Open: Sundays - Thursdays 09:00 - 18:00 +971 4 442 9105 zaha-hadid.com

14 - 17 March 2017 Location: Building 11, d3 Open: daily, 08:00 - 12:30am, lunch and dinner service, 12:00 - 23:00 +9714 420 1210 chezcharlesrestaurant.ae @chezcharlesrestaurant

Location: Building 6, Dubai Design District Open: daily, 08:00 - 23:00, until 00:00 on Thursdays and Fridays +971 4 422 6024 thelighthouse.ae @thelighthouse_ae

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Dubai: d3, Designer Eateries | Molecule

MOLECULE Amir H. Fallah, OK, 2015

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Locals Only, a site-specific installation by Los Angelesbased artist Amir H. Fallah, takes inspiration from the souks and winding alleyways of Old Dubai. The sprawling installation weaves together altered objects sourced in Dubai and a series of new paintings that attempt to capture the complex cultural influences that collide, deconstruct, clash, and ultimately come together. ABOUT: Molecule was created with the clear vision of building a space where creators meet and makers 128

eat. An exciting new restaurant built for the Dubai Design District, Molecule has been created with a series of collaborations that showcase the creativity and ingenuity of creators and makers from around the region.

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Dubai: DIFC | Art Nights

Dubai: DIFC | Art Nights

DIFC ART NIGHTS AT GATE VILLAGE Tony Cragg, Wild Relatives, 2013

NEDAA ELIAS

Pursuit of Abjad With the spread of Islam, many languages adopted the Arabic script as a primary writing system. In order to represent phonemes that Arabic does not cover, adaptation led to the additions of hundreds of new letter designs. In the past century, many of these languages replaced the Arabic with Latin, Cyrillic or Hindi scripts.

TONY CRAGG AT DIFC GATE

12 March - 15 September 2017

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Other languages are currently following the same lead. The artist has created an installation that addresses the loss of Arabic script use. It is literally built using hand-crafted Arabic letter bricks representing the languages that still use the Arabic script. Letters Nedaa Elias, Pursuit of Abjad, installation

Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to present the first outdoor public exhibition in the UAE by Tony Cragg hosted by Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in partnership with UK/UAE 2017. Showcasing one of the world’s most distinguished contemporary sculptors, the outdoor exhibition which will be located in front of DIFC’s iconic ‘The Gate’ building featuring 3 largescale works in bronze and stainless steel and forms part of UK/UAE 2017, a year of creative collaboration and cultural exchange between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Michela Pomaro, Market Day, installation

13 MARCH 19:00 – 22:00

of languages that abandoned Arabic script will be broken and displayed on the floor. Gaps between the abandoned letters reflects a contrast between the installation façade and the inner body, representing a combination of modernity and traditional culture.

MICHELA POMARO Market Day

An artist from Milan, Michela Pomaro’s work focuses on the relationship between light and colour. Her life-size fruit stall, handcrafted in Italy, seems to accurately recall the shapes and colours of the stalls from a happy, bygone era. But suddenly the perception begins to change, tricked by Pomaro’s intelligent use of colours and lights. The tiny sculptures created

in synthetic ceramic and varnished resins that could be apricots, cherries, passion fruits or lychees, transcending time and culture, become abstract, polyhedric shapes. The use of fluorescent sprays and neon lights makes these shapes start then to fade and alternate between pure dashes of colour, turning the space into a joyful, psychedelic night market. Curated by Bebe Leone. theheritagestudio.com @bebeleone

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Dubai: DIFC | Art Sawa

ANDAKULOVA GALLERY

ART SAWA

66 LBS

AVOCA – AVOCADO

Said Atabekov is a true star of the Kazakhstan contemporary art scene. This solo show 66 Lbs curated by I.Y. Bourmistrova features photographs, videos and site-specific installations which reflect on ancient nomadic traditions of Kazakhstan and the game of Kokpar. Kokpar is a Kazakh game played on horseback where two teams compete to carry a headless goat carcass over the goal line: the title 66 Lbs refers to the mandatory weight of the animal carcass used for the game.

ABOUT: Andakulova Gallery is a platform for contemporary art from Central Asia with a current focus on Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, founded in 2012. EVENT INFORMATION 6 March - 12 May 2017 Location: Unit 18, P4 level, Damac Park Towers, DIFC Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00 +971 4 385 9897 andakulova.com

DREAM FACTORY Rym Karoui, Tapir (detail), 2017

Georges Mohasseb, AVOCADO, 2016

Said Atabekov, from the series Wolves of The Steppes (Airborne Forces), 2011

Dubai: DIFC | Andakulova Gallery

Avoca – Avocado is designer Georges Mohasseb’s first exhibition in Dubai. Known for his experimental approach to materials and textures, he seeks to find balance between materiality and immateriality. The results are timeless, masterly crafted designs with complex expressions that offer multisensory experiences due to their colours, shapes, textures, and even smells. In Avoca-Avocado, Georges finds inspiration from the form of the fruit and returns to natural and organic forms. ABOUT: Since 2008 Art Sawa has been an important art platform in Dubai, presenting works by regional artists to local and international audiences. Art Sawa is dedicated to the awareness and promotion of contemporary art from the Middle East, North Africa and neighbouring countries.

Art Sawa presents a second exhibition during Art Week, a solo show of recent work by Tunisian artist Rym Karoui. “I always have fun, in the eternal dream factory, my life” says Karoui, who’s works are characterised by a vibrant palette and playfulness. Her artworks reveal a crazy circus, a world filled with movement, spontaneity, optimism and laughter. EVENT INFORMATION Avoca - Avocado 21 February - 16 March 2017 Dream Factory 16 March - 16 April 2017 Location: Podium level, Building 8, Gate Village, DIFC Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 20:00 +971 4 386 2366 artsawa.com @artsawa

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Dubai: DIFC | ARTSPACE

Dubai: DIFC | Ayyam Gallery

AYYAM GALLERY

ADEL EL SIWI

AFSHIN PIRHASHEMI

Adel el Siwi

Afshin Pirhashemi, Untitled, 2015

ARTSPACE

Egyptian artist Adel El Siwi’s artworks are frequently viewed in series. Known for his treatment of the human figure, his latest works are more narrative and ironic, parodying different emotional states. Born in 1952 in Behera, Adel El Siwi studied medicine at Cairo University between 1970 and 1976, but simultaneously indulged in independent study at the Faculty of Fine Arts. In 1980 he relocated to Milan, Italy where he lived and worked for a decade before moving back to Cairo where he currently lives and works. ABOUT: Founded in 2003, ARTSPACE Dubai is dedicated to the promotion of Modern and Contemporary 134

Middle Eastern Art. In addition to hosting a series of diverse and highly acclaimed exhibitions, ARTSPACE also provides consulting for art investors as well as offering corporate art services to the business community. EVENT INFORMATION 5 March - 6 April 2017 Location: Podium level, Building 3, The Gate Village, DIFC Open: Sundays - Thursdays 10:00 - 21:00 Fridays 12:00 - 18:00 +9714 32 30820 artspace-dubai.com @artspace_gallery

Afshin Pirhashemi’s latest solo exhibition imagines today’s migration crisis as a series of vignettes that form an epic story of freedom, desire and determination. Using allegory as a means of describing this difficult reality, several new large-scale works depict a group of bold women who must navigate a war-torn terrain in order to build new lives in far off lands. Universal symbols of freedom such as the Statue of Liberty stand in stark contrast to a pack of wolves that lingers in the distance as Pirhashemi’s bold heroines seek to determine their own fate.

ABOUT Founded in 2006, Ayyam Gallery is a leading arts organisation that manages the careers of diverse established and emerging artists. EVENT INFORMATION 13 March - 25 May 2017 Location: Podium Level, Building 3, DIFC Open: Sundays - Thursdays 10:00 - 22:00 +971 4 439 2395 ayyamgallery.com @ayyamgallery

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Dubai: DIFC | Cuadro Fine Art Gallery

Dubai: DIFC | The Empty Quarter

THE EMPTY QUARTER

B/W

SEQUENCE II

Ammar Al Attar

CUADRO FINE ART GALLERY

Aidan Salakhova’s work plays on the capability of representative imagery to represent a multitude of meanings, primarily the position of women within established social conventions. Her symbols are far from mundane. The minaret is a recurring image: representing faith, power and unity given its function as the location of the call to prayer. Ammar Al Attar’s work tells a story employing the medium of photography. He deconstructs the images we see via the media of Muslims praying, dismantling digital images to an analogue form, achieving a pixilated effect. 136

ABOUT: Cuadro’s curated exhibitions provide audiences with an opportunity to experience different approaches and styles of art.

Sequence II is an homage to the Arab Peninsula and it’s changing environment, revealing the contrast between the fragmented urban landscape of the past and the today dazzling metropolis situated between promise and vision. ARTISTS: Tor Seidel, Jalal Jamal and Al-Moutasim Al-Maskery

EVENT INFORMATION 5 March - 13 April 2017 Location: Podium Level, Building 10, Gate Village, DIFC Open: Sundays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 20:00 Saturdays, 12:00 - 18:00 +971 4 425 0400 cuadroart.com @cuadroart

EVENT INFORMATION 13 March - 30 April 2017 Location: Podium Level, Building 2, Gate Village, DIFC Open: Sundays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 19:00, 13 March until 22:00 +971 4 323 1210 theemptyquarter.com

ABOUT: Co-founded in 2009 by Saudi Arabian Princess HRH Reem Al-Faisal and Emirati Safa Al-Hamed, The Empty Quarter is a gallery devoted exclusively to fine art photography, serving a rapidly growing circle of artists and photo enthusiasts.

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THE FARJAM FOUNDATION

OPERA GALLERY

THE EVERLASTING ROOTS

YASMINA ALAOUI AND YASSINE MEKHNACHE

The Farjam Foundation’s March edition of exhibitions will celebrate the life and visual legacy of the renowned film director, photographer, painter and poet, Abbas Kiarostami. The comprehensive exhibition will survey a range of his photographic works, including: Snow White, Roads, Trees & Crows, as well as Wind & Rain series from The Farjam Collection. His riveting images reveal an artist who speaks to the singular passion and sentiment for nature’s beauty and the theme of enlightenment; each are emphasised both literally and figuratively in a mystical manner. The exhibition will honour Kiarostami’s eternal flame, as his spirit exceeds its vessel, flowing

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Dubai: DIFC | Opera Gallery

Yasmina Alaoui, Rainbow Rectangle #2

Abbas Kiarostami, Untitled, Road Series, 1978-2003

Dubai: DIFC | The Farjam Foundation

outwardly though his works, continuing to inspire the world. ABOUT The Farjam Foundation is a private, non-profit, nongovernmental organisation. Engaging and fostering crosscultural dialogue, inspired through art and culture, is an integral part of the Foundation’s purpose and mission.

EVENT INFORMATION 13 March - 13 July 2017 Location: Podium level, Building 4, Gate Village, DIFC Open: Sundays - Thursdays 10:00 - 20:00, 13 March until 22:00 +971 4 323 0303 farjamfoundation.org

Opera Gallery Dubai presents an exhibition of new works by Yasmina Alaoui and Yassine Mekhnache, two artists ready to take viewers on a journey through exotic cultures, ancestral techniques and abstract visions of nature. Both artists draw strong reference to their Moroccan heritage, Alaoui combines sand, gravel and minerals on her canvas’ whilst Meknache’s large –scale, multi-media paintings incorporate elements of Moroccan embroidery and traditional craft materials. ABOUT Founded by Gilles Dyan in Paris in 1994 and now internationally established with outlets in Dubai,

Paris, London, Geneva, Monaco, New York, Miami, Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul, Opera Gallery is one of the leading dealers in modern and contemporary American, European and Asian art. EVENT INFORMATION 8 - 22 March 2017 Location: Podium level, Building 3, Gate Village, DIFC Open: Sundays - Wednesdays 10:00 - 22:00, Thursdays 10:00 - 00:00, Friday 14:00 - 21:00, Saturdays, 11:00 - 21:00 +971 4 323 0909 operagallery.com 139


Dubai: DIFC | Sotheby’s

Fahrelnissa Zeid, Towards a Sky, 1953

SOTHEBY’S

The official launch of Sotheby’s Dubai featuring highlights from Orientalist and Middle Eastern Week, Magnificent Jewels and Important Watches. SPECIAL EVENTS 14 and 16 March 2017, 12:00 Gallery Highlights tour with Sotheby’s specialists 18 March 2017, 11:00 Rose Issa and Juliet Cesar in conversation about their book Signs of our Times

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EVENT INFORMATION 14 - 19 March 2017 Location: Sotheby’s Gallery, Level 1, Building 1, Gate Village, DIFC Open: 14 - 16 March 2017, 10:00 - 20:00, 17 March, 14:00 - 17:00, 18 March, 10:00 - 17:00


Voices

VOICES CRISTIANA DE MARCHI

PUBLIC ART

Curator, Is Old Gold? and Homage Without a Homage

Dubai: Deira | Rove City Centre

ROVE CITY CENTRE #ROVEAROUNDDEIRA

Hassan Sharif was a man of extraordinary talent, intelligence and irony. Honesty is one of the most important teachings that I hope the younger generation of artists could learn from him, the importance of staying true to one’s vision and position, without compromising.

LEGACY

This Art Week several exhibitions explore and reflect on the origins of conceptual art in the UAE and the gap between generations. I hope they engage the audience in a conversation that will lead to further investigation and research. p91, 157

SHAIKHA AL MAZROU Artist

Public Art constructs a space for public dialogue. Bringing art into public spaces beyond the gallery walls and making art interventions accessible to the public encourages community outreach, education and interaction: visitors are not merely passive viewers. It can promote a cultural identity and is important in the formation of a new city as it encourages a transfer of knowledge, public engagement and participation. However, it is important to note the complexity and the multifaceted dimensions of public art in a city that constantly changes its landscape, making the importance and impact of public art ephemeral and temporary. p157, 180, 191

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The contemporary photography exhibition curated by Shaima Al Tamimi will bring together a collection of photographs captured as part of the #RoveAroundDeira cultural photo-walk. The event took place in February and was attended by Dubai residents keen on photography and cultural exploration. Hidden gems of old Dubai and the Port Saeed / Deira areas were explored including the fish market, Al Ras, food stalls, the creek and the traditional spice and gold souks. The first and oldest Dubai port was also captured from a secret rooftop location offering a bird’s eye view of the bustling trading activity below.

ABOUT Rove Hotels have fast become known for their focus on celebrating the talent of locally-based artists.

EVENT INFORMATION 11 - 25 March 2017 Location: 24th/19th B Street, Port Saeed District Open: daily, 24 hours +971 4 5619100 rovehotels.com #RoveAroundDeira

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Dubai: Downtown | HIPA at Dubai Opera

Dubai: Downtown | Cities at Manzil

HIPA AT DUBAI OPERA

CITIES AT MANZIL

THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM: CONTEMPORARY POP ART

HIPA will also present two special awards at the ceremony, the Photography Appreciation Award and the Photographic Research/ Report Award. Onsite registration is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dress code is formal.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, HIPA will host an exclusively orchestrated evening celebrating the finest works of photography at the Sixth Season Awards Ceremony, themed The Challenge. The Awards will feature an original and unique interpretation of music and imagery; a one of a kind symphony dreamt up by the internationally-renowned composer, Hughes de Courson. Along with the main theme The Challenge, other categories awarded include: Digital Manipulation, Portfolio and General - Colour and Black & White.

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ABOUT The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is an internationally renowned photography competition. It was launched in 2011 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. The award enjoys a social and legal stature as a tool for promoting Dubai’s vision of artistic and cultural excellence. On a local level, the award hopes to develop and increase awareness of the art of photography amongst the local Emirati population. EVENT INFORMATION 15 March 2017, 17:30 - 21:00 Location: Dubai Opera, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai 800 HIPA (4472) hipa.ae @HIPAae

E$COBAR, Spray Cans Trilogy. Courtesy of Walton Fine Arts

THE CHALLENGE

Cities Design, Art and Lifestyle Boutique presents the UAE debut of emerging pop artists E$COBAR and Van Donna. E$COBAR’s creations offer a mix of political and pop imagery while taking a thought-provoking stance toward money-oriented Western culture. Many of his artworks provide ironic takes on current topics or striking visual juxtapositions of contrasting, yet interlaced, elements. Mixing pointillism and pop art in a unique colourful blend, Van Donna is known for experimenting with different techniques, her inspiring and welcoming, offering an immediate emotional connection for the viewer.

ABOUT With a vision to introduce exceptionally crafted contemporary design and art to the Gulf, Cities first opened in 2008 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A second showroom soon opened in Dubai. EVENT INFORMATION 12 - 22 March 2017 Location: Cities at the Manzil, Al Manzil Hotel, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai Open: daily, 10:00 - 18:00 +971 4 320 0266 citiesstore.com @citiesdubai 145


IWAN MAKTABI

EMPIRES OF MEMORY

ERASED HERITAGE

Owais Husain’s interactive exhibition explores themes of identity, displacement and memory through mixed media using both video and stacked steel trunks. ABOUT: Vida Downtown Dubai is proud to continue to cement its strong support of the art and design community with the continuation of its Art in Vida programme, as the boutique hotel celebrates creativity and individuality.

EVENT INFORMATION 10 March - 15 April 2017 Location: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai Open: Daily 08:00 - 00:00 Opening night: 13 March 2017, 18:00 - 20:00. Artist will be present to discuss their work. +971 4 423 8899 VIDA-hotels.com @vidadowntown

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Jan Kath’s Erased Heritage collection pays homage to the traditional oriental carpet, taking inspiration from historic patterns, techniques and standards of quality. ABOUT: Iwan Maktabi, a thirdgeneration carpet gallery founded in Beirut in 1995, represents the new energetic movement in the Maktabi family, deep-rooted in the carpet industry, becoming synonymous with this fine art form throughout the region. EVENT INFORMATION 12-18 March 2017 Location: Shop # FF093, First Floor, Dubai Mall Open: Sundays to Wednesdays: 10:00 - 23:00, Thursdays to Saturdays, 10:00 - 00:00 +971 4 4340199 iwanmaktabi.com

Dubai: Emirates Towers | Christies

CHRISTIE’S

VIEWINGS OF MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART, IMPORTANT WATCHES AND MAHMOUD SAÏD’S SALON

Mahmoud Saïd, Assouan, île et dunes (Lot 27), 1949

VIDA DOWNTOWN

Jan Kath, Bidjar Pleasure in Red & Grey silk

Owais Husain, Mythology of Choice I & II, 2016

Dubai: Downtown and Dubai Mall | Vida Downtown and Iwan Maktabi

Christie’s is delighted to present a wide selection of more than 160 works of art, that showcase the very best of Modern and Contemporary Art from the region. Highlights include a six metre long seminal masterpiece by Ismail Shammout capturing the plight of the Palestinians and an unprecedented group of works by Egyptian master Mahmoud Saïd. Christie’s is one of the sponsors of the publication of much anticipated Mahmoud Saïd catalogue raisonné, published by SKIRA and edited by Dr. Hussam Rashwan and Valérie Didier Hess. To celebrate its launch, Christie’s has borrowed 12 paintings by the Alexandria master from private and institutional collections

in the UAE showcasing them in a unique ‘salon’. ABOUT: Founded in 1766, Christie’s is the leading international auction house, selling multi-category artworks, furniture, photographs, watches and jewellery across twelve sale sites globally. EVENT INFORMATION 16 - 19 March 2017 Viewing: 10:00 – 22:00 (10:00 20:00 on 17 March 2017) 18 March 2017, 19:00 Auction of Modern & Contemporary Art Location: Godolphin Ballroom, Emirates Towers Hotel +971 4 425 5647 christies.com

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Dubai: Emirates Towers | La Cantine Du Faubourg & Le Medien Garhoud

Camille Walala

Camille Walala has fully redesigned La Cantine du Faubourg Dubai, her first commissioned work in the Middle-East. A purveyor of powerfully positive digital print. Influences include the Memphis Movement, the Ndebele tribe and Optical Art master Vasarely and the simple desire to put a smile on people’s faces. ABOUT: La Cantine du Faubourg is more than a restaurant: it’s a rendezvous, an artistic, lifestyle statement. EVENT INFORMATION 9 March - 9 April 2017 Location: First Floor, Emirates Towers Open: Daily, 12:00 - 02:00 +971 4 353 7105 lacantine.ae

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LE MERIDIEN GARHOUD

DUBAI WALLS

CHARMING ELEGANCE Maria Noga, Writer

LA CANTINE DU FAUBOURG

Dubai: Jumeirah | Dubai Walls

Charming Elegance is an exhibition of a series of paintings by the Polish artist Maria Noga of an elegant lady with red curly hair. Inspired by Japanese paintings and her travel to European countries, the artist creates an air of mystism by covering the lady’s face. ABOUT: Swiss Art Gate UAE promotes mutual understanding between Switzerland and the UAE through cultural exchange. EVENT INFORMATION 5 March - 5 April 2017 08:00 - 22:00 swissartgateuae.com

There is art in urban life. Not just in physical spaces, but in the patterns created as people move, connect, and go about their lives. This is the active urban life that inspired Dubai Walls, a ground-breaking street art initiative by Meraas. Street art evolved in the late 20th century and beginning of the 21st century to become one of the most followed artistic expressions in the world. Through Dubai Walls, artists have brought a new dimension of the world’s most exciting art movements to the Middle East. The initiative provides an attractive platform for global admirers of street art, and

is designed to encourage visitors to the region throughout the year. Dubai Walls is also designed to transform public spaces into permanent street art exhibitions that align with Dubai’s modern landscape and is an opportunity for visitors and residents to enjoy the beautiful artistic creations. EVENT INFORMATION Location: City Walk, Jumeirah Open: Daily, 24 hours +971 4 317 3999 (City Walk) dubaiwalls.com @dubaiwalls

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Dubai: Jumeirah | Al Khazzan Park

Dubai: Jumeirah | Comptoir 102

AL KHAZZAN PARK

COMPTOIR 102

NOMADIC BOOKSTORE

TERRITORY, TRAVEL AND TRANSITIONS bring original pieces from the global world of design to Dubai

Lars Müller Publishers’ Nomadic Bookstore is a temporary event at Al Khazzan Park with up to 50 recent titles and long sellers available. Aiming to create a narrative with the local community, the selection of books will cover topics on Swiss graphic design, urban development and signature architecture.

ABOUT: Khazzan x Cadillac works as a platform to encourage a diverse and active cultural community through intellectual exploration and entertainment. With a library, park, gallery, and café, the dynamic space looks to empower the community through social, cultural, economic, and environmental engagement.

EVENT INFORMATION 14 - 31 March 2017 Location: Khazzan x Cadillac, Al Khazzan Park, Jumeirah Open: Daily, 08:00 - 19:00 +971 4 457 4283 khazzan.ae @khazzandubai 150

ABOUT: Comptoir 102 is an award winning lifestyle concept store and creative hub in a villa located in the heart of the city. The space has been conceived as a home, with its kitchen, lounge, garden and terrace, combining fashion, homeware and organic café and restaurant. Select brands, one-of-a-kind pieces, limited edition artist collaborations and trunk shows hosted by designers themselves create the soulful spirit Comptoir 102 most notably embodies. Christophe Dugied is a renowned urban photographer whose work is inspired by cityscapes at night and explore the shapes and forms which emerge through the bright lights of a big city during its silent hours. Sandrine Bretton, a ceramist and sculptor with a predilection for plaster and earth, draws her inspiration from nature, utilising the earth as her canvas to create her multi-media, 3D works of art.

EVENT INFORMATION 13 March - 13 April 2017 Exhibition opening event 16 March 11:00 Location: 102 Beach Road, Jumeirah Open: Daily, 8:30 - 21:00 +971 4 385 4555 comptoir102.com @comptoir102

The exhibition aims to showcase Comptoir 102’s highly versatile and extensive selection, continuing to

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Dubai: Jumeirah | COYA and Pro Art Gallery

COYA

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ART CENTRE: GALLERY 76

PRO ART GALLERY

CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART

THE SEA AND THE DESERT

ABOUT: Dubai International Art Centre is the oldest public art centre in the UAE and occupies a special place in the history of Dubai’s thriving art scene. Gallery 76 plays a key role in facilitating ‘Art for all’, hosting modern and contemporary art exhibitions from established and emerging artists, its central mandate is starting and nourishing artists’ careers.

Jeff Scofield, Jump out of the window

Yim Tae Kuy, Fly away Home

SPLASHES

Dubai: Jumeirah | Dubai International Art Centre: Gallery 76

A dynamic and exciting exhibition of artworks in various media. Osama Nassar’s artworks tell of the world’s humanity and focus on the solid truth of being optimistic in times of trouble, artificiality and vulgarity. From his personal experiences growing up in Syria, his pieces are full of sarcastic expressions, counter balanced by broad graduations of strong colours. ABOUT: COYA is an award-winning venue that prides itself as a home to art, showcasing different artists throughout the year giving them a chance to gain exposure. EVENT INFORMATION Location: Restaurant Village, Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Jumeirah 2 Open: Daily, 12.30 - 01:00 @COYADubai

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ARTISTS:Zeng Fanzi, Toshimitsu Imai, Yayoi Kusama, Shen Liang, Takashi Murakami, Fan Shen, Lee Kwan Woo, Qin Xiao and Liu Ye. ABOUT: PROART Gallery is located in the centre of Dubai and offers art enthusiasts, interior designers, curators and artists the opportunity to acquire works from leading figures in the contemporary global art market. EVENT INFORMATION 8 - 25 March 2017 Location: Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, opposite Jumeirah Grand Mosque Open: Daily from 10:00 - 21:00, Friday 13:00 - 20:00 +971 4 345 0900 proartuae.com

The Art Centre presents an exciting group exhibition celebrating the cultural diversity of the UAE: a country that exists between the sea and the desert. Artwork on display comprises painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, digital and installation art. By exploring traditional and innovative art forms, the Art Centre’s instructors and members, who come from every continent in the world, express unique and often provocative artistic visions of the sea and the desert. The exhibition evokes a myriad of different cultural perceptions by artists who are all living and practicing in Dubai.

EVENT INFORMATION 11 - 18 March 2017 Location: Street 75B, Villa 27, Jumeirah 1 Open: Saturdays - Wednesdays 09:00 - 21:00, Thursdays 09:00 - 16:00, Fridays closed, except for 17 March open for the Art Bus Tour +971 4 344 4398 artdubai.com @DIACArtCentre

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Dubai: Jumeirah | Etihad Museum

ETIHAD MUSEUM history - including the rapid pace of development that has taken place and its grand achievements along the way.

BACK FROM THE ERA OF THE NATION’S UNIFICATION

SPECIAL EVENT

This iconic and unique 25,000-square metre landmark in the Jumeirah district of Dubai has opened beside Union House – where the agreement establishing the United Arab Emirates federation in 1971 was signed. The entrance to the Etihad Museum’s new permanent pavilion is designed in the shape of a manuscript, with seven columns that emulate the seven pens used to sign the 1971 agreement. The identity of the museum is also inspired by the colours of the UAE national flag, the federal identity and the seven emirates. The Etihad Museum exhibits the story of the nation’s development from pre-union to more recent times. Its aim is to become a cultural beacon to educate the UAE’s citizens, residents and visitors about the country’s modern

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18 March 2017, 15:00 - 17:00 Philatelists’ Workshop Join experts from the Emirates Philatelic Association and explore the world of stamp collection, in a specially designed Stamp Salon. The focal point of the workshop will help participants learn how to identify stamps and cancellation marks as well as how to assess the rarity of a stamp and its value. Collectors are encouraged to bring stamps from their own collection for assessment. This workshop is for adults aged 14 and above, no registration required. EVENT INFORMATION Open: Daily, 10:00 - 20:00 Location: 2nd December Street, Jumeirah +971 4 515 5771 etihadmuseum.dubaiculture.ae @etihadmuseumae Entrance fee for adults 25 years and older: 25 AED, students 5 - 24 years: 10 AED

DISCOVER THE JOURNEY OF UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AT ETIHAD MUSEUM On 2nd December 1971, a journey began. With heritage and traditions guiding the vision of a nation. With success and ambitions inspiring the spirit of the union. A journey from our past that defines our present and leads us into the future. It is the journey of the United Arab Emirates. Rediscover this monumental journey today, at the Etihad Museum.

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Dubai: Jumeirah | The Workshop

Dubai: Jumeirah | Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC)

DUBAI COMMUNITY THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE (DUCTAC)

THE WORKSHOP

Reflections is a solo exhibition from the Syrian artist Besher Koshaji. In his most recent collection of works, Besher’s subject matter has shifted from landscape to faces of his lost past, faces of his influencers and lovers. He contrasts his carefully constructed layering with serene solid planes to bring focus as to why he distorts his figures. The artist explains that it is an attempt to rebuild what has fallen of Syria and to bring back to his sad memories some light and happiness, by placing vivid colours of hope amidst his confusion and despair.

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ABOUT: The Workshop is a new, two-floor, multi-concept space. The ground floor contemporary art gallery exhibits regional and international artists.

EVENT INFORMATION 7 March - 7 April 2017 Location: Villa 45, St. 23B, opposite Box Park, Al Wasl Rd, Jumeirah 2 Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 20:00 +971 4 341 2595 fann-a-porter.com theworkshopdubai.com @fann_a_porter

Hassan Sharif. Cardboard, Cloth and Glue, 2000. Courtesy Estate of Hassan Sharif and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde.

IS OLD GOLD?

Besher Koshaji

REFLECTIONS

Mohammed Kazem, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Taqwa Al Naqbi, Jumairy, Hassan Sharif, Hussain Sharif Curated by Cristiana de Marchi and Muhanad Ali

Aiming to identify the spirit of experimentation that was present in the genesis of UAE avant-garde contemporary art practice, Is Old Gold? indirectly questions if, how and why this narrative has been aborted, lost or evolved and if it can or should be recovered in the current context. Two artists from a younger generation of Emirati artists were assigned to work separately on a character from the 5 UAE. The experimental structure of the exhibition reflects on the atelier atmosphere of innovative exchange initiated by Hassan Sharif and transmuted and sustained by four of his students: Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Mohammed Kazem, Abdullah Al Saadi and Hussain Sharif.

ABOUT: Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) aims to contribute to the creative and cultural development of Dubai by presenting a huge variety of events and participatory activities spanning almost every creative genre for Dubai’s many multi-national communities and visitors alike.

EVENT INFORMATION 21 February - 7 April 2017 Location: Second Level, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 09:00 – 22:00; Fridays, 14:00 - 22:00 +971 4 341 4777 ductac.org | easteasteast.org @ductac

ARTISTS: Fatima Albudoor, Moza Almatrooshi, Alaa Edris, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Alia Lootah, Hind Mezaina, 157


Dubai: Jumeira Lake Towers | Swiss Art Gate UAE and American University in Dubai

SWISS ART GATE UAE ELEGANCE IN NATURE

Michael Rice

Roshana Khalilian

DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION

Carlo Ferrari, a photorealistic painter and Vittorio Gui, a photographer are artists from Italy who share an interest in depicting flowers in their artworks. The Iranian-born Swiss artist Roshana Khalilian is more inspired by human nature and emotions, creating paintings in oil and real gold. ABOUT Swiss Art Gate UAE promotes mutual understanding between Switzerland and the UAE through cultural exchange.

EVENT INFORMATION 29 November 2016 - 10 April 2017 Location: Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT Open: Daily, 08:00 - 22:00 +971 50 225 1783 swissartgateuae.com

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AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN DUBAI

The Visual Communication Programme at AUD trains aspiring artists and designers in the UAE so that they can join the advertising, art, and design industries. SPECIAL EVENT March 14 2017, 18:00 Capturing the Unexpected: Photographs by Magda Jentgen March 17 2017, 12:00 Demonstrations and presentations by artists from the Crafts Council of England EVENT INFORMATION Location: Rotunda Gallery, School of Architecture and Design, AUD, Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 09:00 - 18:00 +971 4 399 9000 aud.edu


Voices

Dubai: Mirdif | Ras Al Khor and Medaf Studio

VOICES ALIA H. LOOTAH

STUDIO

Artist and co-founder of Medaf Studio

OPEN CALL

What’s unique about the art community here is that we all feel connected by our passion, dreams and hope for art in the UAE. Each one of us has a different goal; yet we all feel united by our love for the freedom of expression that art provides. Medaf in Arabic means the rower of the boat. We chose this name for our new community space because it can be the tool to assist children and young adults to push forward and learn new skills. Usually Art Week is concentrated on one side of Dubai but through Medaf Studio we will enable people who live in Mirdiff, Khawaneej and Nad Al Hamar to experience its energy. p161

JACK THOMAS TAYLOR

Curator, Mind the Gap, Tashkeel Working on an open call exhibition enables you to have first-hand insight into the arts and design scene in the UAE. Mind the Gap is a culmination of different drivers all coming together. For me there are many gaps. They are all around us and we often talk about them but do little to try and bridge them. How can you visualise the intervals between technology and craft, old and young, past and future and mind and matter and what would these look like? By taking a pause and observing spaces we asked makers to attempt to enhance the historical, social and cultural fabric of the UAE. p164

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MIND THE GAP

RISE DCH

MEDAF STUDIO

THE FUTURE OF LIVING

LAUNCH OF MEDAF STUDIO

At Rise we celebrate the worlds rising stars from the world of sustainability, gastronomy, art, fashion, music and culture. Running every Thursday to Saturday, Rise features retailers, designers, musicians, and culturists that are helping redefine the future and setting the trends of tomorrow. During Art Week, RiseDCH will focus on the latest innovations in interactive & sustainable art and product designs.

ABOUT Medaf Creative Studio + Art Spaces aims to ignite the curiosity and creativity of the innovators of tomorrow through multi-disciplinary art practices targeted to build and develop the skill sets of children and young adults. Medaf offers a one-of-a-kind expression room to create unique masterpieces without the worry of ruining the walls and/or the floor.

EVENT INFORMATION

EVENT INFORMATION

Location: Dubai Creek Harbour, Ras Al Khor 16 - 18 March 2017, 14:00 - 00:00 risedch.com @rise.dch

12 - 18 March 2017 Location: UpTown Mirdif Open: Daily, 10:00 - 20:00 @medafstudio

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Dubai: Oud Meitha | Antidote Art and Design at Alliance Francaise

ANTIDOTE ART & DESIGN AT ALLIANCE FRANCAISE Farah Salem, Cornered, 2015-2016

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARD

The International Women Photographers Association presents 11 photographers who have been selected from the total of 785 applications received from 84 different countries. Laureate Farah Salem’s series Cornered is a powerful and deeply introspective study into the human psyche and its self imposed limitations. FINALISTS: Anna Alexandrescu, Anne, Ackermann, Cécile Smetana Baudier, Marcela BarriosHernandez, Haruri Fuji, Ranita Roy Sumy Sadurni, Soheila Sanamno Neus Solà, Florencia Trincheri The International Women Photographers Award is a photography award for women organised by Antidote Art and Design in collaboration with the 162

EMBARK ON AN ADVENTURE WITH CAPTIVATING EXPERIENCES AT MADINAT JUMEIRAH

International Women Photographers Association and Alliance Française in Dubai. ABOUT: Founded in 2015, Antidote is an art & design platform serving the careers of talented emerging and mid-career artists and designers from around the world, with a special focus on the Middle East.

EVENT INFORMATION 8 March - 8 April 2017 Location: La Galerie, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha Open: Sundays - Wednesdays, 09:00 - 20:00, Thursdays & Saturdays 09:00 - 17:00 +971 4 335 8712 antidotedxb.com

Combine dining experiences with a memorable stay in luxurious rooms and suites of Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf and Jumeirah Al Naseem Sail to complimentary breakfast every morning on a traditional abra boat across the resort’s waterways Indulge in a unique dine around experience with choice of lunch or dinner in over 60 participating restaurants Enjoy unlimited aquatic fun for all at Wild Wadi WaterparkTM Soak up the sun on a 2km long private beach Fun and friendly environment for children in supervised surroundings of Kids Club For reservations call +971 4 366 8888 or visit jumeirah.com/madinatjumeirah

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Dubai: Nad Al Sheba | Tashkeel

TASHKEEL

Digital Lab

SUPPORTING PROGRAMMING Caroline Charles, Judy Shinnick, Mirzam Chocolate Makers

Mind the Gap is a group exhibition through open call, which focuses on a culmination of different makers coming together in one place, based on the values of story-telling. The gallery at Tashkeel changes from a static space to a research lab of thoughts, feelings and expressions from a group of people diverse in age, nationality, and background. EXHIBITING ARTISTS Afra Al Dhaheri, Aisha Al Blooshi, Amal Al Gurg, Amer Aldour, Ayman Zedani, Canay Itez and Canbek Itez, Carles Llonch Molina, Jalal Jamal Bin Thaneya, Jonny Farrow, Katie Venner-Woodbridge, Mays Albeik, Mobius Design Studio, Nasir Nasrallah, Noush Anand, Nujoom Alghanem, Omran Alowais, Owais Husain, Rachael Kewley, Rami Alotaibi, Romy Ravindran, Salem AlMansoori, Shamma Buhazza, Taqwa Alnaqbi, Tom Baggaley, Upcycling Art Collaborative

ABOUT Established in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel is a contemporary art organisation based in Dubai that facilitates art and design practice through studio facilities, artists’ residencies, exhibitions, events and professional as well as recreational workshops.

Hot Desking

Textile Printing

Workspaces

Risograph

Photography Studio

Printmaking

Fine Art Studio

Ayman Zadani, 2016‫سين‬

Tom Baggaley, Squash Vine Bore, 2016

MIND THE GAP

Dark Room

EVENT INFORMATION 1 March - 6 April 2017 Location: Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 22:00 +971 4 336 3313 tashkeel.org @tashkeel

3D and Sculpture

Bringing together the creative community For more information about Tashkeel’s studios and facilities, please visit our website.

T 00 971 4 3363313 E tashkeel@tashkeel.org A PO Box 122255, Dubai, UAE

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As Dubai Culture’s unique new initiative to fuel the region’s imaginative potential, Creatopia is home for every individual’s creativity to flow and flourish together as a community. Join Creatopia today and be a part of this virtual world of creativity through our platform.

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ABU DHABI

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Voices of Abu Dhabi

Voices of Abu Dhabi

VOICES OF ABU DHABI

MAYA ALLISON Founding Director of The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and Chief Curator of NYU Abu Dhabi

IDENTITY MAISA AL QASEMI Head of Programmes Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and Co-Curator of The Creative Act exhibition

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Community plays a crucial role in the development of every artist. They learn from their peers and rely on an exchange of ideas. The circumstances of being an artist in the UAE have changed dramatically in the last 30 years. I believe that art communicates on its own terms, separate from what the artist intends. The curator must be able to distinguish between the two perspectives. However, the artist interview can initiate a curator’s most profound engagement with an artist and their work. It enables the curator to trace the many influences on an artist and to better position their work in a larger art historical context. p172

One of the most defining aspects of the curatorial vision for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s collection is the aim to offer multiple perspectives, telling distinctive stories introducing the public to artists and histories that may be unfamiliar, while identifying points of interconnection and transcultural exchange and transgenerational influence. The Creative Act exhibition will focus on the related themes of performance, process, and presence, underlining an overarching concept seen in the measures taken by artists to fulfil their artistic pursuit. It will not only display works, but will allow people to experience the artists’ creative trail of thought, and present the extents they reached to achieve and procreate their ideas into physical form. p170

PERFORMANCE

MUNIRA AL SAYEGH Curator, Bayn, Warehouse421

COMMUNITY

For things to flourish, they need to be in the correct surroundings. In the case of artists a sense of community creates an ecosystem of give and take. Having a community can allow for a sense of mentorship and guidance from one generation to the next. Art is usually created as a response to something - art being produced in the UAE is a narration of the present time, a collection of visual reactions and responses. Contemporary art production is defined by the present moment but shaped by a reflection of recent history and a promise for the future. A sense of fluidity, fluctuation, change and transformation are anchoring themes in the exhibition Bayn: The In-Between. p175

DR. MICHELE BAMBLING Creative Director Lest We Forget

In 2011 when I asked Zayed University students to explore their family photography albums together, I anticipated they would make important, farreaching discoveries about Emirati identity and vernacular history. Through the intimacy of their forbearers’ photographs, they witnessed and identified with momentous changes in daily life spurred by modernity and the establishment of the UAE. Recognition of this pivotal position between traditional and contemporary life is one of the defining aspects of Emirati identity today. In Lest We Forget publications and exhibitions these observations and responses are articulated through the universal language of art. p174

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Abu Dhabi | Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi | Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

GUGGENHEIM ABU DHABI 17 March 2017, 14:00 - 18:00

Atsuko Tanaka, Painting, 1960, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi © Ryoji Ito Photo: Courtesy Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, London, and New York.

Presented by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), The Creative Act: Performance. Process. Presence is the second major exhibition of works from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection held at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island. The exhibition offers a transcultural perspective on specific themes in contemporary art from the 1960s to today, by bringing together artists of different nationalities and generations. ARTISTS: Rasheed Araeen, Ebtisam AbdulAziz, Tarek AlGhoussein, Ramin Haerizadeh,

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EDUCATION PROGRAMME DURING ART WEEK

Drop-In Sessions: The Creative Act includes a space conceived by artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian that takes you on a journey and introduces various mediums and ideas. These complimentary drop-in sessions focus on building a community art space inspired by their work as well as other artworks featured in the exhibition. Participants of all ages can take part in the creative process of designing a room in which you can express your ideas and creativity. Rokni Haerizadeh, Susan Hefuna, Anish Kapoor, Mohammed Kazem, Julio Le Parc, Niki de Saint Phalle, Hesam Rahmanian, Motonaga Sadamasa, Anri Sala, Hassan Sharif, Kazuo Shiraga, Atsuko Tanaka, Jean Tinguely, Günther Uecker, Jacques Villeglé ABOUT: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will promote the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art, architecture, and other manifestations of modern and contemporary visual culture.

18 March 2017, 10:00 - 12:00 Moving | Drawing | Sculpture: In this workshop you will design a kinetic sculpture that moves. 14:00 - 17:00 It’s Alive, Activating Sculpture: Based on the kinetic artworks of Jean Tinguely and Günter Uecker, participants will create mini moving sculptures using a range of forms and materials that produce movement and sound.

Günther Uecker, New York Dancer I, 1965, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi © Günther Uecker Photo: Eric and Petra Hesmerg; © Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

THE CREATIVE ACT: PERFORMANCE • PROCESS • PRESENCE

EVENT INFORMATION 7 March - 29 July 2017 Location: Manarat al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Open: 09:00 - 20:00 +971 (0)2 657 5800 guggenheim.org

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Abu Dhabi | The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery

Abu Dhabi | The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery

THE NYU ABU DHABI ART GALLERY Hassan Sharif, Cardboard and Coir, 1999. Courtesy Estate of Hassan Sharif and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

Ebtisam Abdul Aziz, Untitled, 2008

BUT WE CANNOT SEE THEM: TRACING A UAE ART COMMUNITY, 1988-2008

The spring exhibition at the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery surveys one of the most important artistic communities in this country’s history. Community has played a key role in every modern art historical breakthrough, with artists banding together around manifestos or turning to one another for support when art institutions rejected their innovations. Art communities grow out of critical and creative exchange among peers and mentors. But We Cannot See Them focuses on one community of artists, 172

sometimes called ‘the five’, at an intersection of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers based in the UAE. Its members identified with a new culture of encouraging radical, formal and conceptual experimentation. Eventually, some of these artists founded the celebrated Flying House. But We Cannot See Them is curated by Maya Allison, with Exhibitions Curator Bana Kattan, with research and program development by Programs Curator Alaa Edris. ARTISTS: Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim,

Abdullah Al Saadi, Mohammed Kazem, Hussain Sharif, Vivek Vilasini, Jos Clevers, and Ebtisam Abdulaziz with contributions from Cristiana De Marchi, Adel Khozam, Nujoom Al Ghanem and Khalid Albudoor. The title of the exhibition is drawn from a poem written by a key member of the community, poet and filmmaker Nujoom Al Ghanem. ABOUT: The NYUAD Art Gallery presents museum-quality exhibitions of art and culture across historical and contemporary topics,

with a special emphasis on subjects of both regional concern and international significance.

EVENT INFORMATION 2 March - 25 May 2017 Location: The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi Open: Mondays - Saturdays, 12:00 - 20:00 +971 2 628 8000 nyuad-artgallery.org @nyuadartgallery

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Abu Dhabi | Warehouse421

Abu Dhabi | Warehouse421

WAREHOUSE421

This exhibition presents a rich exploration of Emirati identity as conveyed through modes of adornment. The exhibition explores ‘tangible,’ lasting forms of adornment, including garments, burga, jewelry, weapons and attributes. It also embraces invisible aspects of adornment: the innate knowledge and skills needed to create evanescent adornment through the application of henna,

kohl and fragrance, as well as through grooming and hairstyles. Emirati adornment, in all its complexity and beauty, is revealed through personal examples with insights offered by Emirati people. The highly interactive art exhibition welcomes visitor contribution of objects, memories and reflections pertaining to Emirati adornment. 4 February - 27 August 2017 EVENT INFORMATION Location: Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi Open: Tuesdays - Sundays, 10:00 - 20:00 warehouse421.ae @warehouse421

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BAYN: THE-IN-BETWEEN Talin Hazbar, courtesy of UAE Unlimited.

Lest We Forget - Emirati Adornment: Tangible and Intangible

LEST WE FORGET – EMIRATI ADORNMENT: TANGIBLE & INTANGIBLE

This exhibition examines the divide between the recent past and the assumed present. It aims to understand the dynamics between the set future, and the captivating narratives of our histories that are often romanticised. Hence, the exhibition title Bayn: The In-Between which looks at that space in between those two prevailing narratives that is often rarely examined. The artists in the exhibition were invited to deconstruct and reconstruct labels, boundaries and assigned identities in order to understand this constant state of transformation. ARTISTS Asma Al Ahmed, Talal Al Ansari, Nasser Alzayani, Sara Al Haddad, Hatem Hatem, Talin Hazbar, Saif Mhaisen, Maytha Al Shamsi, with Special Guest Artist: Manal Al Dowayan.

Curator: Munira Al Sayegh 25 February 2017 - 18 June 2017 ABOUT: Warehouse421 launched in 2015: a cultural space that encourages artistic expressions and supports the perceptive processes, in order to reinforce the UAE’s creative community. It was transformed from industrial warehouses located in the historic Mina Zayed of Abu Dhabi to a platform for art and culture, design and creativity, performance and music from regional, international and UAE-based artists, designers and cultural practitioners. The conversion of Warehouse421 has been overseen by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.

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Abu Dhabi | Abu Dhabi Art Hub and Swiss Art Gate

The French Institute of the UAE and Etihad Modern Art Gallery present Travelling Light, an art exhibition that opened on International Women’s Day exploring expat life.

ARTISTS: Kristina Bartkute from Lithuania, Laila Iraki from Morocco, Liza Bobkova from Russia and Maria Collini from Italy.

ABOUT Swiss Art Gate UAE promotes mutual understanding between Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates through cultural exchange.

ARTISTS:Karine Roche, Annabelle Smith Bigno, Bénédicte Gimonnet, Nathalie Guéna, Clara Baudot, Mioara Cherki and Isabelle RiouTeisseire.

EVENT INFORMATION 20 March - 15 April 2017 Location: MW5 Plot 38 Musaffah Abu Dhabi, UAE Open: Saturdays to Thursdays, 09:00 - 19:00 +971 2 551 5005 adah.ae

20 September 2016 - 4 April 2017 Location: Mezzaluna, Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi Open: Daily, 12.30 - 19:00 +971 50 225 1783 swissartgateuae.com

VERMILLION

Ran Hwang, Soaring Again, 2016

Laila Iraki

Andreas Denstorf is a master of photography who not only takes pictures, but also transforms each image into a pop-art style with flashy colours and inventive compositions.

EVENT INFORMATION

NOVUS ART GALLERY

TRAVELLING LIGHT

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Art Hub shines the spotlight on women artists this March, with an exhibition of work from artists who have participated in their residency programme.

ABOUT: The Art Hub is a gathering place for visual artists and lovers of art, the first artist community in the United Arab Emirates focused on emerging and established visual artists from across the world.

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ETIHAD MODERN ART GALLERY

FLAMBOYANT IMPRESSIONS Andreas Denstorf, Desert Fox, 2016

WOMEN ART MONTH

SWISS ART GATE UAE Karine Roche, Vertical Blue

ABU DHABI ART HUB

Abu Dhabi | Etihad Modern Art Gallery and Novus Art Gallery

ABOUT: Etihad Modern Art Gallery (EMAG) is a multi-purpose art space and café in the heart of Abu Dhabi. EVENT INFORMATION 9 - 30 March 2017 Location: Al Bateen Area, Villa 15, Al Huwelat St. Abu Dhabi Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 22:00 +971 2 621 0145 etihadmodernart.com @etihadmodernart

Novus Art Gallery’s first show features some of the most iconic artworks by artists represented by the gallery. All pieces are carefully selected to narrate a comprehensive story, while providing unique visual and aesthetic impact. ARTISTS: Marco Angelini, Saschia Bovini, Hanaa Mallalah, Ran Hwang, Ahmad Moualla, Richard Orlinski, Hunt Slonem, Robert Webber, Wang Xiaosong, Jason Young. ABOUT: Novus Art Gallery is located in The Galleria in Al Mariyah Island. EVENT INFORMATION 9 March - 5 May 2017 +971 2 222 2844 novusartgallery.com

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Abu Dhabi | Salwa Zeidan Gallery

Abu Dhabi | Al Ain

SALWA ZEIDAN GALLERY

AL AIN

Hussein Sharif

BEFORE AND AFTER

Before and After is a solo exhibition by the Emirati artist Hussein Sharif. It marks the artists return to the art scene after a long absence and acts as a small retrospective with around 25 artworks including drawings and collages from the 1980s and 1990s, recent work from 2015 and 2016 and new installations. Hussein Sherif is a very important figure in the history of the UAE arts scene, the brother of the artist Hassan Sharif, he was instrumental in the new way of working with found objects and recycled art. ABOUT Salwa Zeidan Gallery has been operating since 1994 in Abu Dhabi. Reopening in 2009 in a new location on Saadiyat Island, the gallery continues to represent both well-established and emerging

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contemporary artists from all around the globe and in 2013 launched an online gallery enabling the artists and artworks represented to receive even more attention and international appeal.

EVENT INFORMATION 7 - 27 March 2017 Location: Space 22, The Collection, St Regis, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi Open: Sunday - Thursday, 10:00 - 19:00 +971 2 666 9656 salwazeidangallery.com

A one and a half hour drive from Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain is one of the world’s oldest permanently inhabited settlements, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

works of art in a community exhibition highlighting the use of mixed media as an art form. 15 - 18 March 2017 Location: Al Qattara Arts Centre

CELEBRATING THE SEASONS

TRAVEL THROUGH OUR TRADITIONS

Activities within the Oasis are designed so that the visitor can experience the different seasons of the Oasis. 1 February- 15 March 2017 Location: Al Ain Oasis

FALCONRY HUNTING TRIP

Re-enactment of the setting, events and mood surrounding a falconry trip, a favourite sport of the ruling family. 16 - 18 March 2017 Location: Qasr Al Muwaiji

COLLAGE EXHIBITION

Artists from across the UAE invited through an open call exhibit their

Serving as a bridge between cultures, visitors are invited to spend time with Emirati women within their homes and farms to discuss different ways of life and experience Emirati culture first hand. 15 March 2017 Location: Multiple Venues

LITERARY EVENING AT MUWAIJI

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ABU DHABI FESTIVAL Sheikha Al Mazrou, Sand-Land, 2016, land art created on site at ‘Al Shawka’. An Abu Dhabi Festival 2017 commission, courtesy of the artist, part of The ADMAF Art Collection © ADMAF

THE ART OF NATURE

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Hosted in the verdant setting of Umm Al Emarat Park, this exhibition marks the 20th anniversary of the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi and celebrates the Emirate’s natural abundance. The exhibition is accompanied by an education programme, children’s area, guided tours, cinema space and a limitededition publication. ARTISTS: Amer Aldour / inter. act design studio, Janet Bellotto, Ahmed Al Faresi, Yousef Al Habshi, Hazem Harb, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Talin Hazbar, Layla Juma, Fatma Lootah, Roberto Lopardo, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Mohammed Abdulla Al Mussallami, Ranim Orouk, Gill Parker, Zuleika Penniman, Azza Al Qubaisi, Michael Rice, Reem Saeed, Khalid Shafar, Anjali Srinivasan, Hendrik Wahl

COMING NEXT

ABOUT: This landmark exhibition is part of the 14th edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival which runs throughout the month of March. From music to theatre, literature to visual arts, this year’s Festival continues to spread its arms across the UAE and the world supporting and presenting new productions, concerts and exhibitions.

EVENT INFORMATION 23 March - 23 April 2017 Open: Sundays - Thursdays, 12: 20:00, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 - 22:00 Guided tours every Tuesday at 18:00 and every Saturday at 15:00 Children’s Guided Tours Wednesdays at 16:00 Location: Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi +971 2 333 6400 abudhabifestival.ae

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Sharjah: Arts Area | Sharjah Biennial 13

SHARJAH BIENNIAL 13 Sharjah Art Spaces, 2012, Courtesyof SAF

TAMAWUJ

Taking place from January 2016 to January 2018, Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj, encompasses exhibitions, projects and educational programmes in five locations, expanding the biennial’s structure across space and time. Sharjah Biennial 13 (SB13) includes exhibitions and public programmes in two acts, one in Sharjah (10 March - 12 June 2017) and one in Beirut (October 2017 - January 2018), as well as the SB13 School, a year-long education programme that spans the west, central and eastern regions of Sharjah. Tamawuj also seeks to mobilise ongoing 182

conversations. Four interlocutors in as many cities organise projects around keywords that are integral to SB13’s conceptual framework: Kader Attia investigates water in Dakar (8 January 2017), Zeynep Oz considers crops in Istanbul (13 May 2017) Lara Khaldi studies earth in Ramallah (10 August 2017) and Ashkal Alwan reflects on the culinary in Beirut (15 October 2017). SB13 also features two notable components in the form of digital platforms: chip-ship, a data-rich source of research as well as the Biennial’s year-long publishing platform tamawuj.org.

Basim Magdy, No Shooting Stars, 2016. Courtesy of the artist

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SHARJAH BIENNIAL 13: TAMAWUJ INCLUDES WORKS BY A.S.T (Diann Bauer, Felice Grodin, Patricia M. Hernandez, Elite Kedan with Keller Easterling), Lawrence Abu Hamdan*, Abbas Akhavan*, Abdullah Al Saadi, Tamara Al Samerraei*, Allora & Calzadilla, Maria Thereza Alves*, Kader Attia, Tonico Lemos Auad, Ismaïl Bahri, Sarnath Banerjee, Yto Barrada, Abdelkader Benchamma*, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Jonathas de Andrade, Mariana Castillo Deball, Roy Dib*, Vikram Divecha*, Barıs Dogrusöz, Koo Donghee*, Mandy El Sayegh*, Inci Eviner*, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Harun Farocki, Fehras Publishing Practices*, Futurefarmers, Daniele Genadry*, Deniz Gül, Shadi Habib Allah*, Taloi Havini, Takashi Ishida, Iz Öztat & Fatma Belkıs, Ali Jabri, Lamia Joreige, Christoph Keller*, Samir Khaddaje, Mahmoud Khaled*, Nesrine Khodr*, Basim Magdy, Metahaven*, Hind Mezaina*, Hana

Miletic, Mochu*, Oscar Murillo*, Joe Namy*, Natascha Sadr Haghighian with Ashkan Sepahvand, Uriel Orlow, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Deborah Poynton, Khalil Rabah*, Jon Rafman, Rain Wu and Eric Chen, Raqs Media Collective*, Marwan Rechmaoui*, Stéphanie Saadé, Ghassan Salhab, Roy Samaha*, Massinissa Selmani*, Setareh Shahbazi*, Ross Simonini, Nida Sinnokrot, Walid Siti, Monika Sosnowska, Zhou Tao*, The Otolith Group*, Mario García Torres*, Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Jorinde Voigt, James Webb, Paola Yacoub*, Fathallah Zamroud* SB13 features over 25 commissions (noted with an * above). Artists Noor Abuarafeh, Iman Issa and Karine Wehbé will contribute with publications that will be released throughout the year. Artists Christoph Keller, Metahaven and Zhou Tao have been commissioned to produce works which will be completed over the course of the year. 183


Sharjah: Arts Area | March Meeting

Sharjah: Arts Area | March Meeting

22:30 Close to here Theatre performance written and directed by Roy Dib, Sharjah Institution of Theatrical Arts

10:00 – 10:30 Welcome Remarks Hoor Al Qasimi, Director Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE Introduction Christine Tohme, Curator Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj 10:30 – 12:00 Desiring Institutions Panel discussion with Binna Choi, Ala Younis and Maha Maamoun, moderated by Charles Esche 13:30 Five Feet High and Rising Lecture performance by Mario García Torres 15:00 Step by Step Film by Ossama Mohammed, followed by Q&A. Al Hamra Cinema, Al Arouba Street 16:30 – 18:00 Artist-led tours, Arts Square

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9:15 – 10:30 Registration 10:30 SB3: Interlocutors Conversation Lara Khaldi, Zeynep Öz, Kader Attia and Christine Tohme 12:00 The Necessity of Infinity Performance by Raqs Media Collective (English) 13:00 Climavore Lunch performance by Cooking Sections, Gallery 1 & 2, Courtyard 15:00 Close to here Theatre performance written and directed by Roy Dib, Sharjah Institution of Theatrical Arts 15:00 The Necessity of Infinity Performance by Raqs Media

15:00 SB13 Boat Trip to Al Hamriyah Studios* 21:30 A Present from the Past: 20 September Film by Kawthar Younis, Al Hamriyah Studios courtyard

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9:15 – 10:00 Registration

Collective (Arabic)

10:30 Rogue Planet Lecture performance by Arjuna Neuman and Shahira Issa

15:00 SB13 Boat Trip to Al Hamriyah Studios* 20:00 Clean City Performance directed by Anestis Azas and Prodromos Tsinikoris, Sharjah Institution of Theatrical Arts

14:30 The Necessity of Infinity Performance by Raqs Media Collective (Urdu)

22:30 DJ Sets Bedouin Records: Salem Rashid, SASA and uplow, Mirage City Cinema

15:00 SB13 Boat Trip to Al Hamriyah Studios*

22:30 Music Concert Kharkhana

10:30 Desiring Institutions Panel discussion with Lawrence Rassel, Francis McKee and Lina Attalah, moderated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez

15:00 Bird Watching Lecture performance by Lawrence Abu Hamdan

12:00 Of Oil and Ice Lecture performance by Design Earth (Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy)

20:00 Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You Film by Ahmed Ghoneimy

9:15 – 10:30 Registration

12:00 Book launch Noor Abuarafeh

9:15 – 10:30 Registration

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18:45 – 19:45 Official Opening of SB13 Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Al Mureijah Square

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The annual March Meeting presentations collectively consider the main curatorial framework of SB13 in greater depth.

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MARCH MEETING

11:00 Presentations March Meeting correspondents 12:00 SB13 Boat Trip to Al Hamriyah Studios*

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Voices of Sharjah

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VOICES OF SHARJAH

BIENNIAL

CHRISTINE TOHME Curator, Sharjah Biennial 13 Nesrine Khodr, Extended, 2017. Courtesy of the artist

you would like to join the trip. You must bring your passport on board, UAE Nationals and residents only need their Emirates ID. The return will be by bus to SAF Art Spaces with a stopover at the Flying Saucer. Buses between the different venues including the Flying Saucer, Al Hamriyah Studios, the old Sharjah Planetarium and Al Hamra cinema are available, please check schedule for timings and locations.

* RSVP is essential for some activities during the opening week due to limited capacity, particularly the following: Close to here by Roy Dib on 10 and 11 March and Clean City by Anestis Azas and Prodromos Tsinikoris on 13 March. Please rsvp specifying which performance and date you would like to attend to performance@sharjahart.org *Boat trips are one way and take approximately 40 minutes. Boats will leave every half hour from the dock opposite Al Zahra Mosque on the corniche street. You must register by March 7, 2017 to rsvpboattrip@sharjahart.org with a passport copy as capacity is very limited. Please refer to the schedule and specify which date 186

ABOUT: Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region. Since 2009 SAF has built on the history of cultural collaboration and exchange that began with the first Sharjah Biennial in 1993.

COLLABORATION

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Tamawuj – an Arabic word translated as ‘the rising and falling of waves’, ‘a flowing, swelling, surging or fluctuation’ and ‘a wavy, undulating appearance, outline or form’. Sharjah Biennial 13 is a proposition for how we could rethink this infrastructure called the biennial, and whether we can rearrange parts of it to come up with a slightly adjusted whole. Collaborations and friendships are at the heart of what I do. These localities – (Sharjah, Dakar, Istanbul, Ramullah and Beirut) were not selected for some geopolitical qualities, but rather because of certain people working in these cities, with whom I share a common history and a common vision. p182

SADIK KWAISH ALFRAJI Artist, Maraya Art Centre My work is a mixture of deep nostalgia and rich fine details that a spectator might relate to experiences in their own lives and all the questions we face and deal with every day. Sometimes we really need to look at our world and within our memories more than once to see and capture their lost details. Everything in this world is a source of inspiration. The mere existence of it is the greatest inspiration, as well as our own existence within it and the stories it tells, the questions it raises and the beauty with which it wraps its own constant contradictions. p194

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Sharjah | Sharjah Archaelogy Museum and Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

SHARJAH ART MUSEUM Ahmad Morsi, Self Portrait – Baghdad, 1957. Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

AHMED MORSI: A DIALOGIC IMAGINATION

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SHARJAH ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM PETRA, DESERT WONDER

A collaboration between Sharjah Museums Department and the Department of Antiquities in Jordan, the exhibition reflects on the groundbreaking artistic and architectural heritage integral to the civilisation of the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. Ahmed Morsi: A Dialogic Imagination traces the artist’s diverse output from the 1940s up to the present day. Both figurative and fantastical, his paintings evoke his practice as a poet. Writing in the highly acclaimed cultural magazine Al-Khayyal, Samir Gharib, the prominent Egyptian art critic, stated that ‘Ahmed Morsi paints his poetry and writes his paintings.’ He works symbolically to create poetic representations of real events and places that are equally influenced by mythology, imagination and the subconscious. Memory, the passage of time, contemplation, isolation and lyricism are all key elements in his work.

The exhibition is co-curated by Sharjah Art Foundation President and Director Hoor Al Qasimi and Dr. Salah M. Hassan, Goldwin Smith Professor and Director, Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University.

EVENT INFORMATION 1 March - 3 June 2017 Sharjah Art Museum Location: Arts Area, Al Shuweiheen

ABOUT: Sharjah Archaeology Museum offers you the opportunity to explore the rich heritage and deep-rooted history of Sharjah from the stone and modern ages until the rise of Islam.

SHARJAH MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION MOMENTS IN THE LIVES OF MUSLIMS IN CHINA THROUGH THE LENS OF PETER SANDERS

A comprehensive photography essay on muslims in China. Since Islam was introduced into China nearly 1,400 years ago, it has became interwoven with the social and spiritual fabric of the country. ABOUT: The museums collection includes more than five thousand exquisite Islamic artefacts from all over the Islamic World.

EVENT INFORMATION

EVENT INFORMATION

23 November 2016 - 29 April 2017 Location: Al Abar area, Sharjah Open: Saturdays - Thursdays 8:00 - 20:00, Fridays, 16:00 - 20:00 +971 6 566 5466 sharjahmuseums.ae @sharjahmuseums

16 March - 11 June 2017 Location: Al-Majjarah, Sharjah Open Saturdays - Thursdays, 08:00 - 20:00, Fridays, 16:00 - 20:00 +971 6 565 5455 sharjahmuseums.ae @sharjahmuseums

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Sharjah: Arts Area | Emirates Fine Arts Society

Sharjah | The College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah

THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH

EMIRATES FINE ARTS SOCIETY

VERSATILE Shaikha Al Mazrou, Comfortable I, 2016

OBSERVATION

Observation is an exhibition showing the changes and developments of two of the first generation artists of the UAE, Dr Najat Mekky and Mohammed AlQassab. Works will include pieces from different periods of their careers from the 1980s until the present day. ABOUT: The society was established in 1980 at a time when a number of Emirati artists had graduated abroad and returned to the UAE to practice. They had the idea of forming a group or assembly of amateur and professional artists, which would take care of the fine arts and nurture young talents.

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Arranging regular exhibitions and providing studio space in central Sharjah, the society continues to be an important space for art production in the UAE.

EVENT INFORMATION 10 March - 15 April 2017 Location: in front of Sharjah Art Museum, Arts Area, Sharjah Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 09:00 - 13;00 and 17:00 - 20:00 + 971 6 568 4488 artsuae@eim.ae @emiratesfinearts

When attempting to define an artist, one often forgets that artists are people too, compelled to making things; they trigger emotions, and project realities through different mediums. The Annual Faculty exhibition documents the constant struggle academics face: whether they are makers themselves or contributing to creators. It is a celebration of the versatility of academic artists within an institution that encourages expression in spite of the self-restrictions that come from teaching art as a discipline. ARTISTS: Zena Adhami, Asil Adil, Sarah Ayoub Agha, Dr. Sarah Khalil

Al Masry, Dr. Izmir Bin Ahmad, Dr. Shaima El Bardawil, Toma Gabor, Dr. Mohamed Yousef Al Hammadi, Dr. Iman Ibrahim, Dr. Zoltan Somhegyi, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Ahmad Manar Al Laham, Mandeep Kaur Mann, Abdul Kader Shihabuddeen, Tor Seidel EVENT INFORMATION 15 March - 1 April 2017 Location: Rewaq Gallery, College of Fine Arts & Design, University of Sharjah Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 17:00 +971 6 505 7855 sharjah.ac.ae 191


Sharjah | Barjeel Art Foundation

Sharjah | Barjeel Art Foundation

BARJEEL ART FOUNDATION Walead Beshty, FEDEX Tube, 2005. Photo courtesy of Philips

Ghada Amer, Snow White without the Dwarves, 2008. Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation

BELOVED BODIES II

Beloved Bodies II is the second part of an exhibition that draws on artworks from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection that depict the body in many contexts, traversing themes of language, landscape, trauma and remembrance.

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ARTISTS: Etel Adnan, Suad Al Attar, Ghada Amer, Chant Avedissian, Nadia Ayari,Thuraya AlBaqsami, Farid Belkahia, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Ali Cherri, Chaouki Choukini, Tagreed Darghouth, Ismail Fattah, Mustafa Halaj, Hayv Kahraman, Huda Lutfi, Sophia Al Maria Youssef Nabil, Moataz Nasr Jorge Tacla, Khaled Zaki. Joana

Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Jafar Islah, Lamia Joreige ABOUT: Barjeel Art Foundation is an independent, UAE-based initiative established to manage, preserve and exhibit an extensive collection of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art. This March, Barjeel Art Foundation are also showcasing their extensive collection of contemporary and modern Arab art at three international institutions: The Yale University Art Gallery (24 February - 1 June 2017), Institut du Monde

Arabe in Paris (27 February - 25 June 2017) and The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts (9 March - 31 May 2017).

EVENT INFORMATION 1 March - 1 October 2017 Location: Level Two, Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Sharjah Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 22:00, Fridays 16:00 - 22:00 +971 6 556 6555 barjeelartfoundation.org @BarjeelArt

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Sharjah | 1971 - Design Space

MARAYA ART CENTRE

1971 - DESIGN SPACE

ONCE UPON A TIME: HADIQAT AL UMMA

DESIGN HOUSE: CHANGE, COORDINATES + SOMEONE ELSE

black and white animations across 9 projectors. This installation will stir memories and emotions, conjuring a park that was a landmark in Baghdad and in the memory of generations of Iraqis. Alfraji’s recreation of the collective experience of this park in the 1970s belongs to his larger exploration of the loss, fragmentation and lapses in time that underline exile.

Iraqi artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji presents a panoramic multi-media installation reviving his childhood experience of Baghdad’s Hadiqat Al Umma. This park, full of plants, fountains and playgrounds, was a sanctuary from the city’s exhaust fumes and the blazing sun. It was surrounded by music and photography shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, cafés and markets. Although it has lost much of its beauty over the years, the park remains a vivid memory in the artist’s mind and he uses his own visual and emotional recollections to recreate its rhythm. His beautiful drawings, which reimagine people seen there, are brought to life in

ABOUT Established in 2006, Maraya Art Centre is a three-storey nonprofit creative space located in Sharjah, UAE. Since its inception, Maraya has offered the public an innovative exhibitions programme, showcasing the work of leading Middle Eastern and international artists. The centre also boasts multi-media facilities, a video archive, an art library and a regular public programme of workshops and events designed by its in-house team and guest curators.

EVENT INFORMATION 4 March - 6 May 2017 Location: Level Three, Block E, Al Qasba, Sharjah Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 22:00, Fridays 16:00 - 22:00 +971 6 55 66 555 maraya.ae @marayaartcentre

perhaps positively, perhaps forever? Curated by Mobius Studio.

Caravan: Ivan Parati + Emanuela Corti, Emptyless, 2016-17

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, Once Upon A Time At Hadiqat Al Umma, 2016

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ABOUT 1971 is a multi-functional design space dedicated to exhibition, display and discussion on all forms of contemporary design ranging from graphic, furniture to interior as well as interactive design and new technologies. Through a mixture of curated exhibitions and public programmes 1971 aims to become a regional and international design hub in the UAE working in close proximity with local designers, architects, schools and universities.

What is considered change? In its simplest forms, change is a shift, a development or a deterioration, a revision, or a redefinition, a transformation, an adjustment, or an evolution. Change is often instigated by curiosity and imagination; starts with an observation, a question; a critical, uncompromising eye. How can we, individuals on different paths, ignite social change? How can we define, or redefine, the coordinates of someone else’s life,

EVENT INFORMATION 8 March - 27 May 2017 Location: Sharjah, The Flag Island Open: Saturdays - Thursdays, 10:00 - 22:00, Fridays, 16:00 - 22:00 +971 6 528 4644 1971design.ae @1971designspace

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QATAR MUSEUMS SPRING PROGRAMME 2017 JR A RÉPERTOIRE 9 MARCH – 31 MAY 2017 Building 10, Katara, Cultural Village A RETROSPECTIVE (FROM 1963 UNTIL TOMORROW) DIA AL-AZZAWI UNTIL 16 APRIL 2017 Mathaf: Arab Museum Of Modern Art, Education City A RETROSPECTIVE (FROM 1963 UNTIL TOMORROW) DIA AL-AZZAWI UNTIL 16 APRIL 2017 QATAR MUSEUMS GALLERY ALRIWAQ Doha PICASSO-GIACOMETTI 22 FEBRUARY – 21 MAY 2017 Fire Station, Wadi Al Sail IMPERIAL THREADS: MOTIFS AND ARTISANS FROM TURKEY, IRAN AND INDIA 15 MARCH – 4 NOVEMBER 2017 Museum Of Islamic Art, Doha Corniche

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Majnoun Layla no.2 (Temptation) 1995, Acrylic on canvas, 160.5 x 200.5 cm, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

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Qatar | Fire Station Artist in Residence

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: PICASSO – GIACOMETTI

JR RÉPERTOIRE

Alberto Giacometti, Self-portrait, Circa 1923 © Giacometti Estate

UNFRAMED, a group posing in a bark moored on the beach, circa 1930, Marseille, France, 2013, Courtesy Galerie Perrotin

QM GALLERY, KATARA

Pablo Picasso, Self-portrait, Paris, late 1901© Picasso Estate

FIRE STATION ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Qatar Museums, in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti presents the first exhibition dedicated to the work of two of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). This major exhibition, curated by Catherine Grenier, Director of the Fondation Giacometti with Associate Curators, Serena BucaloMussely and Virginie Perdrisot, brings together more than 120 works by these two artists drawn from the collections of the Musée national Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti in Paris, as well as 198

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exceptional loans from French and other international collections, including paintings, sculptures, sketches, photographs and interviews with the artists. EVENT INFORMATION 22 February - 21 May 2017 Location: Civil Defence Roundabout, Doha Open: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 - 20:00, Fridays 14:00 - 21:00 qm.org.qa @dohafirestation

JR, the celebrated French artist is the subject of a major retrospective in Qatar held by Qatar Museums at QM Gallery in Katara. JR is a worldrenowned artist that combines art and engaged actions through large-scale outdoor installations, films, photographs and videos. The streetscape is his canvas and his inspiration, which he claims is the largest art gallery in the world.

JR RÉPERTOIRE features some of the key series that have made the artist famous around the world as well as a video lounge.

EVENT INFORMATION 9 March - 31 May 2017 Mondays - Thursdays, Saturdays, 10:00 - 20:00, Fridays 15:00 - 21:00 Location: Building 10, Katara Cultural Village, Qatar qm.org.qa @Qatar_Museums

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Qatar | Mathaf: Ara Museum of Modern Art & QM Gallery, Al Riwaq

Qatar | Museum of Islamic Art

MATHAF: ARAB MUSEUM OF MODERN ART & QM GALLERY, AL RIWAQ

MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART IMPERIAL THREADS: MOTIFS AND ARTISANS FROM TURKEY, IRAN AND INDIA PO.572.2007.1&2, Iznik tile, Turkey, circa 1575

I AM THE CRY, WHO WILL GIVE VOICE TO ME?* DIA AL-AZZAWI: A RETROSPECTIVE (FROM 1963 UNTIL TOMORROW)

QM Gallery, Al Riwaq presents a major retrospective of one of the most renowned modern artists of the Arab world: Dia Al-Azzawi. The exhibition, showcasing over 500 works across fifty years and a range of media, aims to map an itinerary of modernism and profiles the practice of the Iraqi artist. The exhibition is curated by Catherine David, Deputy Director of Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. * Title of a poem by Fadhil Azzawi

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EVENT INFORMATION 16 October 2016 - 16 April 2017 Locations: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City, Al Huqoul St, Doha Open: Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 11:00 - 18:00, Fridays 15:00 - 20:00 Qatar Museum Gallery Al Riwaq, next to Museum of Islamic Art, Doha Open: Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10:30 – 19:00, Fridays, 14:00 – 21:00, Saturdays, 12:00 – 21:00, qm.org.qa @MathafModern

Imperial Threads: Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India brings a new perspective to the MIA’s collection by showcasing the connection between three major dynasties who marked the start of the early modern period in Islamic art, the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires. This exhibition will highlight the cultural interaction, artistic influence and materials exchanged between the empires, primarily from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Focusing on carpets, manuscripts, metalwork, ceramics, and other objects are also featured in this exhibition to comprehensively illustrate the historical and artistic background of this time.

EVENT INFORMATION 15 March - 4 November 2017 Open: Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, 10:30 - 17:00, Thursdays and Saturdays, 12:00 - 20:00, Fridays 14:00 - 20: 00 Location: Museum of Islamic Art, Cornish Street, Doha qm.org.qa @miaqatar

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Qatar | Art for Tomorrow

Qatar | Art for Tomorrow

ART FOR TOMORROW 11:30 In Conversation: The Collector and the Critic on the Milestones of Modern Arab Art Panelists: His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali al-Thani with Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi Introduced by: Achilles Tsaltas

The third annual edition of The New York Times Art for Tomorrow conference returns to Doha this March under the theme of Boundaries, Identity and the Public Realm. With discussions led by a number of award-winning New York Times journalists, the conference will investigate the issues that occupy the territory between art and public life.

10:00 The Museum and National Identity Panelists: Sir David Chipperfield and Pedro Gadanho Moderator: Robin Pogrebin

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12:05 Christo: Christo and Jeanne-Claude – Reimagining the Public Realm. Speaker: Christo Introduced by: Roger Cohen

09:00 Keynote: Museums The Diplomats of the 21st Century Speaker:Dr. Andreas Görgen Moderator: Roger Cohen 9:30 Art in the Cityscape Panelists: Daniel Tobin, Idris Khan and Cyril Kongo Moderator: Robin Pogrebin 10:00 New Models, new museums, new markets Speaker: Allan Scwhartzman Moderator: Roger Cohen

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12:30 Art Without Boundaries Speaker: Robert Wilson Moderator: Farah Nayeri

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08:45 Welcome Address Arthur O. Sulzberger with Achilles Tsaltas

09:30 The Future Museum Speaker: Chris Michaels Moderator: Robin Pogrebin

11:35 The Museum and the Dispossessed Panelists: Jorge Mañes Rubio and Amanda Pinatih Moderator: Farah Nayeri

12:00 Boundaries and Identity #1: The Refugee Speaker: Yannis Behrakis Moderator: Yorgos Archimandritis

AGENDA

9:00 Keynote Panel: Cultural Futures in the Gulf: Projects and Proposals Panelists: Tariq al-Jaidah and Vilma Jurkute Moderator: Farah Nayeri

10:30 The Instant Image for the Global Audience Panelists: Amalia Ulman Moderator: Farah Nayeri

9:00 KEYNOTE PANEL: Women in Islam: The Contemporary Artist Panelists: Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Lalla Essaydi, Touria Glaoui Moderator: Farah Nayeri 9:30 The Past for the Future: Protection of Cultural Legacy – Palmyra Panelists: Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger, Prof. Peter Stone and Dr. Zaki Aslan Moderator: Roger Cohen 10:00 The Writing is in the Air: Digital Futures Speaker: Julien Breton Moderator: Robin Pogrebin

10:30 Boundaries and Identity #2: The Great Censorship Debate Panelists: Abdulnasser Gharem, Shaweesh and Dia Azzawi Moderator: Roger Cohen 11:30 An Artist’s Roots Panelists: Faig Ahmed, Subodh Gupta and Barthélémy Toguo Moderator: Farah Nayeri 12:00 The Collector of Tomorrow Panelists: Isabelle de la Bruyère, Robbie Antonio Moderator: Robin Pogrebin 12:30 Culture, Citizenship and Belonging Panelists: The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, Georgios Kaminis, Irina Bokova Moderator: Roger Cohen

EVENT INFORMATION 10 - 13 March 2017 Location: W Doha Hotel & Residence, West Bay, Doha To register and to view programme timings visit: artfortomorrow.com @qatarmuseums 203


204

INDEX

NOTES

Notes

205


Index | Organisations

Index | Organisations

INDEX: ORGANISATIONS 50 55FIFTY7 THE DIAMOND STUDIO d3, Dubai

121 1971 DESIGN SPACE Sharjah

195

A

AL AIN

Abu Dhabi

179 ABRAAJ GROUP ART PRIZE

Art Dubai, Dubai

86 ABU DHABI ART HUB Abu Dhabi

176 ABU DHABI FESTIVAL Abu Dhabi

180 AGA KHAN FOUNDATION

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

44

206

ALJOUD LOOTAH DESIGN

ANTIDOTE ART & DESIGN AT ALLIANCE FRANCAISE

ART OF CRAFTS, VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS

Design Days Dubai, d3, Dubai

115

162

107

ARTBUS

ART SAWA

CAMPUS ART DUBAI

162

20

133

ALSERKAL PROGRAMMING

ART DUBAI

ARTSPACE

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

77

134

38

ART DUBAI MODERN SYMPOSIUM

THE ART GALLERY AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

d3, Dubai

121 LA GALERIE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE Dubai

ALSERKAL PROGRAMMING POP-UPS 42 ALSHAYA ENTERPRISES d3, Dubai

119 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN DUBAI

Media City, Dubai

158 ANDALULOVA GALLERY DIFC, Dubai

132

Oud Metha, Dubai

Getting Around

DIFC, Dubai

DIFC, Dubai

Dubai

BLUE MARLIN IBIZA UAE

d3, Dubai

C

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Art Dubai, Dubai

92 LA CANTINE DU FOUBOURG

Emirates Towers, Dubai

148 CARBON 12

Art Dubai and Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Abu Dhabi

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

172

52

81

AUDI INNOVATION AWARD

CHI-KA

Design Days Dubai, d3, Dubai

ART FOR TOMORROW

105

Doha, Qatar

202

AYYAM GALLERY Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

ART HUB

d3, Dubai

116

51

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

COMPTOIR 102

Jumeriah, Dubai

151 CONCERTE

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

46 COURTYARD PLAYHOUSE

Al Quoz, Dubai

32 COYA

Jumeirah, Dubai

08152 CRAFT COUNCIL

Design Days Dubai, d3, Dubai

108

53

THE CREATIVE ACT

CHRISTIE'S

170

147

CUADRO FINE ART GALLERY

Emirates Towers, Dubai

Abu Dhabi, UAE

DIFC, Dubai

136

ART NIGHTS

AYYAM GALLERY

CITIES AT THE AL MANZIL

130

135

145

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

BARJEEL ART FOUNDATION

CITIZEN E ART GALLERY

192

116

DIFC, Dubai

DIFC, Dubai

B

#

1X1 GALLERY

Sharjah

Downtown, Dubai

CUSTOT GALLERY 54

d3, Dubai

207


Index | Organisations

114

d3, Dubai

EAST WING d3, Dubai

115

117

DIFC ART NIGHTS

THE EMPTY QUARTER

DIFC, Dubai

130 DISCOVER D3 d3, Dubai

110 DUBAI ART SEASON Dubai

08 DUBAI COMMUNITY THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE (DUCTAC) Jumeirah, Dubai

157 DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTRE: GALLERY 76 Jumeirah, Dubai

153 208

E

DIDI

DIFC, Dubai

137 EMIRATES FINE ARTS SOCIETY Sharjah

190 ELMARSA GALLERY Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

55 EL SEED STUDIO

d3, Dubai

123 FIRE STATION ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Doha, Qatar

198 FN DESIGNS

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

57 THE FRIDGE

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

74 GALLERIES NIGHT Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

38

56

GALLERY ISABELLE VAN DEN EYNDE

ETIHAD MODERN ART GALLERY

58

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Abu Dhabi

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

177

GALLERY WARD

ETIHAD MUSEUM

117

Jumeirah, Dubai

d3, Dubai

112 GLOBAL ART FORUM

Art Dubai, Dubai

98 GREEN ART GALLERY

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

59 GREY NOISE

Alserkal Avenue Dubai

60 GUGGENHEIM ABU DHABI Abu Dhabi

170 GULF PHOTO PLUS Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

61 HIPA AT DUBAI OPERA

Downtown, Dubai

144

91

K

119

d3, Dubai

d3, Dubai

FINASI

d3, Dubai

Julius Baer Lounge, Art Dubai, Dubai

AL KAZZAN PARK Jumeirah, Dubai

150 LA GALERIE NATIONALE

L

DUTCH DESIGN CENTER

138

HOMAGE WITHOUT A HOMAGE

IKONHOUSE

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

65

62

LASVIT

INKED

124

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

62

d3, Dubai

LAWRIE SHABIBI Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARD

66

162

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Oud Metha, Dubai

THEJAMJAR

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

63 JEAN-PAUL NAJAR FOUNDATION Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

LEILA HELLER GALLERY 67

THE LIGHTHOUSE d3, Dubai

127 ALJOUD LOOTAH DESIGN d3, Dubai

64

122

THE JUNCTION

MAJLIS GALLERY

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

74

M

DESIGNLAB EXPERIENCE

DIFC, Dubai

AL GHURAIR UNIVERSITY WORKSHOP

I

149

d3, Dubai

FARJAM FOUNDATION

J

104

City Walk, Jumeirah, Dubai

H

DUBAI WALLS

F

DESIGN DAYS DUBAI

G

D

Index | Organisations

Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, Dubai

30

154 209


Index | Organisations

Index | Organisations

MEDAF STUDIO 161

125

152

93

MEEM GALLERY

QM GALLERY

MARAYA ARTS CENTRE

33

NATIONAL PAVILION UAE LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

194

Dubai

Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah

184 AHMED MATER

12, 149 LE MERIDIEN

Garhoud, Dubai

148 THE MINE

Al Quoz, Dubai

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

34

43

MIRZAM CHOCOLATE MAKERS

MATHAF: ARAB MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Doha, Qatar

200 MB&F M.A.D. GALLERY

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

68 MCML STUDIO d3, Dubai

124

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

69 MOLECULE d3, Dubai

128 MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART Doha, Qatar

201

18 NK LUXURY CONSULTING d3, Dubai

118 NOVUS ART GALLERY Abu Dhabi

177 THE ART GALLERY AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY Abu Dhabi

172 THE ODD PIECE

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

70

P

Jumeirah, Dubai

Q

N

Alserkal Avenue,Dubai

PRO ART GALLERY

Katara, Doha, Qatar

199 QM GALLERY

Al Riwaq, Doha, Qatar

200

R

MARCH MEETING

MERAAS

d3, Dubai

RISE DCH

Ras Al Khor, Dubai

161 THE ROOM

Art Dubai, Dubai

89 ROVE CITY CENTRE

Diera, Dubai

143 SALSALI PRIVATE MUSEUM

S

Sharjah

Al Quoz, Dubai

NAKKASH GALLERY

O

Art Dubai, Dubai

Mirdif, Dubai

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

71

OPERA GALLERY

SALWA ZEIDAN GALLERY

139

178

DIFC, Dubai

Abu Dhabi

SCONCI ART GALLERY d3, DubaiÂ

118 SHARJAH ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM

SINYAR GALLERY d3, Dubai

119 SOTHEBY'S DIFC, Dubai

140

189

SUDARSHAN SHETTY

SHARJAH ART MUSEUM

43

Sharjah

Sharjah

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

188

SVENM

SHARJAH BIENNIAL 13

73

Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah

182 SHARJAH MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION Sharjah

189 SHOWCASE GALLERY

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

72 SIKKA ART FAIR Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, Dubai

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

SWISS ART GATE UAE Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai

158 SWISS ART GATE Abu Dhabi, UAE

176 TASHKEEL

T

SHEIKHA MANAL LITTLE ARTISTS PROGRAM

Nad Al Sheba, Dubai

164 THE THARAWAT SPACE, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

40

24 210

211


Index | Organisations

Index | Voices

INDEX: VOICES THE THIRD LINE

WOVEN HERTIAGE

75

45

TOTAL ARTS

XVA GALLERY

34

U

URBAN COMMISSIONS

Design Days Dubai, d3, Dubai

106

V

VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS MIDDLE EAST EMERGENT DESIGNER PRIZE

Design Days Dubai, d3, Dubai

107 VIDA DOWNTOWN Dubai

146

W

WAREHOUSE421 Abu Dhabi

174 THE WORKSHOP

Jumeirah, Dubai

156

212

X

Al Quoz, Dubai

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, Dubai

31

Z

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS d3, Dubai

126 ZAYED UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF ARTS AND CREATIVE ENTERPRISES Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, Dubai

29 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

44 ZULEYA BY FBMI d3, Dubai

125

ATFAL AHDATH

84

Commissioned artists for The Room, Art Dubai Projects

SADIK KWAISH ALFRAJI

187

Artist, Maraya Art Centre

SARA ALHADDAD

37

Artist

MAYA ALLISON

168

Founding Director of The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and Chief Curator of NYU Abu Dhabi

IZU ANI

The Lighthouse

109

AMMAR AL ATTAR

Alserkal Programming commissioned artist

MYRNA AYAD

Fair Director, Art Dubai

DR. MICHELE BAMBLING

36

85

FARAH AL QASIMI

36

OMAR BERRADA

85

YASMINA REGGAD

84

PAUL GRIFFITHS

96

MUNIRA AL SEYEGH 169

ALIA H. LOOTAH

160

MOHAMMAD SAEED AL SHEHHI 109

Winning Artist, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017

Curator, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017

CEO, Dubai Airports, speaker at the Global Art Forum 11

Artist and co-founder of Medaf Studio

CHRISTINA DE MARCHI

SHAIKHA AL MAZROU

76

169

96

Commissioner, Global Art Forum 11

MAISA AL QASEMI

Alserkal Programming commissioned artist

Curator, Art Dubai Commissions

Curator, Bayn, Warehouse421

COO, d3

EL SEED 142

Curator, Is Old Gold? and Homage Without a Homage

Artist

Creative Director, Lest We Forget

SHUMON BASAR

RANA BEGUM

142 168

Head of Programmes, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Co-Curator, The Creative Act

SALEM AL QASSEMI 102 Designer and entrepreneur, Founder and Principal, Fikra

Calligraffiti Artist

37

JACK THOMAS TAYLOR

160

CHRISTINE TOHME

187

SUZANNE TROCME

102

PABLO DEL VAL

76

Curator, Mind the Gap, Tashkeel

Curator, Sharjah Biennial 13

Award-winning furniture designer, author, curator and educator

International Director, Art Dubai

213


214

Notes | Inspiring Words

INSPIRING WORDS

MEMORABLE ARTWORKS

Notes | Memorable Artworks

215


216

Notes | Daily Planner

DAILY PLANNER

TO DO LIST

Notes | To Do List

217


218

Notes | Doodle & Dream

DOODLE & DREAM

SKETCH

Notes | Sketch

219


Notes | Final Thoughts

FINAL THOUGHTS

Notes | Final Thoughts

220

221


Farah Al Qasimi, from the GAF 11 commissioned DRAGON! series, 2017

NOTES

Notes

CONTEMPORARY: 1x1 Gallery, Dubai · Ab/Anbar, Tehran · Ag Galerie, Tehran · Agial Art Gallery, Beirut · Aicon Gallery, New York · Albareh Art Gallery, Manama · Sabrina Amrani, Madrid · Artside Gallery, Seoul · Artwin Gallery, Moscow / Baku · Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Pueblo Garzón · Athr, Jeddah · Ayyam Gallery, Dubai / Beirut · Bäckerstrasse 4, Vienna · Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York · Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo · Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney · Carbon 12, Dubai · Carlier | Gebauer, Berlin · Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai · Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana · D21 Proyectos de Arte, Santiago · Dastan's Basement, Tehran · East Wing, Dubai · Experimenter, Kolkata · Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai · Galerie Imane Farès, Paris · Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis / London · MLF | Marie-Laure Fleisch, Rome / Brussels · GAGProjects, Adelaide · Galerist, Istanbul · Green Art Gallery, Dubai · Grosvenor Gallery, London · GVCC, Casablanca · Gypsum Gallery, Cairo · Leila Heller Gallery, New York / Dubai · Ikkan Art Gallery, Singapore · Inda Gallery, Budapest · Galerie Iragui, Moscow · Kalfayan Galleries, Athens / Thessaloniki · Khak Gallery, Tehran / Dubai · Galerie Dorothea van der Koelen, Mainz · Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna · Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai · In Situ - Fabienne Leclerc, Paris · Galerie Lelong, Paris / New York · Marlborough Gallery, New York / London / Barcelona / Madrid · Meem Gallery, Dubai · Kasia Michalski Gallery, Warsaw · Mind Set Art Center, Taipei · Victoria Miro, London · Mohsen Gallery, Tehran · NK Gallery, Antwerp · Galleria Franco Noero, Turin · O Gallery, Tehran · Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore · Pace Art + Technology, Menlo Park · Pechersky Gallery, Moscow · Giorgo Persano, Turin · Plutschow Gallery, Zurich · Project ArtBeat, Tbilisi · Revolver Galeria, Lima · The Rooster Gallery, Vilnius · Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut · Sanatorium, Istanbul · Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg / Beirut · Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart · Sundaram Tagore, New York / Singapore / Hong Kong · Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris / Brussels · The Third Line, Dubai · Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam · Vermelho, Sao Paulo · Vigo Gallery, London · Waddington Custot, London · Zawyeh Gallery, Ramallah · Zidoun-Bossuyt, Luxembourg · Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul / Berlin · Kristin Hjellegjerde, London MODERN: Agial Art Gallery (Beirut, Mustafa Al Hallaj) · ArtTalks | Egypt (Cairo, Mamdouh Ammar) · DAG Modern (New Delhi / Mumbai / New York, Biren De / GR Santosh) · Elmarsa (Tunis / Dubai, Abdelkader Guermaz / Aly Ben Salem) · Grosvenor Gallery (London, Sayed Haider Raza) · Hafez Gallery (Jeddah, Abdulhadi ElWeshahi / Mohammed Ghaleb Khater) · Jhaveri Contemporary (Mumbai, Zahoor ul Akhlaq / Anwar Jalal Shemza) · Françoise Livinec (Paris, Georges Hanna Sabbagh) · Gallery One (Ramallah, Sliman Mansour) · Perve Galeria (Lisbon, Manuel Figueira / Ernesto Shikhani) · Shahrivar Gallery (Tehran, Masoud Arabshahi / Abolghasem Saidi) · Shirin Gallery (Tehran / New York, Hadi Hazavei / Hooshang Pezeshknia) · Tafeta (London, Ben Osawe / Muraina Oyelami) · Le Violon Bleu (Tunis, Ammar Farhat / Zoubeir Turki) · Wadi Finan Art Gallery (Amman, Ahmad Nawash / Wijdan)

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