Art Dubai, Tashkeel and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority are commissioning a series of public artworks. The 2017 programme will support Emirati and UAE-based artists by providing a platform 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.



For her first foray into staging a live performance, Doa Aly continued her investigation into the vulnerability at the heart of rhetoric and choreography. The performance Free Radicals takes its title from Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s description of affects in her compilation of essays Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (2003).

Free Radicals was a montage of texts and choreographies exploring the affective atmospheres created by acts of guilt and hope, forging an analogy between those atmospheres and schizophrenia: a mental illness whose disruptive symptoms often suspends appropriate affect. This approach served to juxtapose the decelerative reflection involved in the acts of writing and performing to the compulsive acceleration created by the immediacy of events. Throughout Free Radicals, ideas of control and agency were explored and refurbished to mediate a discussion about the present as a constant negotiation between bodily capacity, desire, and sensory overload.


Ala Younis, SC&Y

SC&Y (Sadik, Cezar & Younis) is a consulting partnership founded by Rana Sadik, Aaron Cezar and Ala Younis that provides specialist services in strategic planning, organisational management and artistic programming. SC&Y supports the development and delivery of visionary projects and cultural infrastructure with a public remit through a network of expertise.

Ala Younis is an artist with research, curating, and film and publishing projects. Her projects include Plan for Greater Baghdad (2015), presented at 56th Venice Biennale’s main exhibition All the World’s Futures, An Index of Tensional and Unintentional Love of Land within Here and Elsewhere at New Museum (2014), among other participations. Younis has curated several exhibitions, including Kuwait’s first national pavilion at 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Prior to this, she was acting director then artistic director of Darat al Funun between 2008 and 2010. Younis is on the Advisory Board of Berlinale’s Forum Expanded, contributing editor at Ibraaz, and co-founder the non-profit publishing initiative Kayfa ta.