As part of the creatively divergent Art Week of the UAE, Art Dubai is making an impressive yearly comeback what with the announced shows, exhibitions, as well as new concepts that will be happening across its span of different spaces.
UAE NOW is a new segment, debuting at Art Dubai, curated by Abu Dhabi-based, independent curator Munira Al Sayegh, exploring the country’s emerging independent artist-run platforms in the UAE. It sheds light on youth and self-organised collective communities, shifting the focus from the commercial, to the evolving contemporary through discussions, and educational segments. The segment will bring countering narratives of institutional and non-institutional thinking and action, in hopes that the local understanding of the art scene will be furthered. Through the following platforms: Bait 15, Banat Collective, Daftar Asfar, Jaffat el Aqlam, and PAC (Public Art Collective), the initiative will be housed in the mentioned, diverse studios and communities, with each one being fit for a certain aspect of the concept.
Art Dubai Contemporary and Art Dubai Modern gallery sections are back, with the first encompassing 59 galleries from 34 countries including Germany, the United States, India, Belgium, Italy, China, Japan, and more. The latter section, however, focuses more on the Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African region’s museum-quality works from the 20th century. 11 galleries will be exhibiting under Art Dubai Modern, situated alongside Contemporary.
10 solo presentations of different regions of the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa will be exhibited in the new gallery section Bawwaba, which is curated by the French-Cameroonian Élise Atangana; this newly introduced gallery section in here to shed light on artist interrogations of the notion of the Global South.
This year, Residents, Art Dubai’s annual residency programme is unveiling a focus on Latin America, as 12 artists from the continent’s leading galleries have arrived to the UAE to immerse themselves in Emirati culture, and life, creating new artwork inspired by their temporary surroundings, and their thoughts from home.
Activities will be swarming around the vibrant Art event, and they all range different age groups. The Sheikh Manal Little Artists Program will be one that provides a platform for little creators, helping them with knowledge-building, and creativity nurturing.
As for this year’s Art Dubai installation commission, a Brazilian artist collective by the name OPAVIVARÁ has designed an interactive and intercultural space under the name: SOLAROCA.
Art Dubai will be held from 20 – 23 March