Art Basel Hong Kong returns for its 7th edition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Asia’s biggest contemporary art fair features leading galleries and artists from Asia and beyond, partaking in this year’s major event, including 7 prominent Arab artists, and they are:-
1. Youssef Nabil
Born in Cairo and currently residing in New York, Nabil started his photographic career in 1992. The artist has since then developed his signature technique of hand coloring silver gelatin prints. His distinctive style allows him to blur the line between the present and previous eras.
Gallery: The Third Line
2. Simone Fattal
Simone Fattal was born in Damascus and raised in Lebanon, where she pursued studies in philosophy. She then continued her studies in Paris. Fattal returned to Beirut in the late 60’s, which is when she began painting and exhibiting her work. After fleeing the country in 1980 due to war, she settled in California where she founded the publishing house Post-Apollo Press that focuses on experimental literary work. It wasn’t till 1988 that Simone Fattal returned to her artistic practice, mostly focusing on sculpture and ceramics.
Gallery: Balice Hertling
3. Farah Al Qasimi
Farah Al Qasimi is an artist and musician. The Emirati artist mainly works with photography as well as video and performance. She majored in photography and music at Yale University and received an MFA from the Yale School of Arts in 2017. Al Quasimi later participated in multiple residencies such as the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is a critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives between Dubai and New York.
Gallery: The Third Line
4. Akram Zaatari
Akram Zaatari is a Lebanese photographer and filmmaker. He co-founded the Arab Image Foundation in 1997. As an archival artist, his work focuses on collecting and studying the photographic history of the Arab world. He investigates the conflicts of the Middle East as well as the issues surrounding post-war Lebanon.
Gallery: Thomas Dane Gallery
5. Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist and audio investigator. Born in Amman and currently based in Beirut, the artist focuses on the investigation of sound and forsensic linguistics in the context of politics. He is currently a lecturer and researcher at Forensic Architecture, an agency that focuses on researching projects about architecture and media for human rights, political and environmental justice groups.
Gallery: Mor Charpentier
6. Wael Shawky
Living and working in Alexandria, Wael Shawky’s work tackles issues surrounding national, religious and artistic identity. He presents these harsh topics through a childlike wonder and spiritual doctrine, using the mediums of film and performance. In 2010 Shawky founded MASS, a non-profit school for contemporary art in Alexandria.
Gallery: Lia Rumma
7. Walid Raad
Raad is a multimedia artist known for his work in film, photography, installations as well as literary essays. Growing up in Lebanon during the civil war has in some way shaped the contemporary artist he is today since his work explores issues of conflict and the history of art in the Arab world through the exploration of authenticity in photography and video.
The artist currently resides in New York and is an Associate Professor at the Cooper Union School of Arts
Gallery: Paula Cooper Gallery
Art Basel Hong Kong runs from the 29th to the 31st of March, 2019.