Bawwaba


Bawwaba (meaning gateway in Arabic) is a new section of the fair that features 10 solo presentations, showcasing works created within the last year or conceived specifically for the fair. Bawwaba features works by artists from, based in, and/or focused on projects about Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Central and South Asia.


French-Cameroonian curator Élise Atangana, will curate the inaugural edition of Bawwaba (meaning gateway in Arabic), which will exhibit works by individual artists from, based in, or focused on the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Central and South Asia.



Should you have any questions please email Genna Daya, genna@artdubai.ae


Yasuaki Onishi, The Mine, Courtesy of Photo Solutions

Section Curator



ÉLISE ATANGANA’S work lies at the intersection between curatorship and exhibition production. Based in Paris, she is interested in the way mobilities, including the movements of people, ideas, objects, and services, affect our everyday lives. Her research focuses on the relationships between physical mobilities and virtual mobilities (movement, representation, practice) and their link to contemporary art: how do the physical and virtual movements of individuals activate space today? How are artistic practices influenced by these new mobilities? How does our relationship to the body interact with the way virtuality modifies our perception of space, and what social and political implications do these modifications imply? Her recent and forward curatorial projects include: Le Pouvoir du dedans, La Galerie Noisy-le-Sec, 22 September-15 December 2018; This is Utopia To Some, Kadist Art Foundation Paris, 11 March-13 May 2018. Seven Hills, 2nd Kampala Art Biennale 2016, Kampala (Uganda), 3 September-2 October 2016; Entry Prohibited to Foreigners, Havremagasinet Art Centre, Boden (Sweden), 6 June-27 September 2015; co-curatorship of the international exhibition Produire le commun, 11th Dakar Biennale (Senegal), 9 May-8 June 2014; Rencontres Picha – Lubumbashi Biennale (Republic of the Congo), in collaboration with Elvira Dyangani Ose, 1-6 October 2013. She co-created the curatorial collective On The Roof with Caroline Hancock and Yves Chatap. From 2004 to 2009, she collaborated with the curator Simon Njami on several projects. She was jury for international prize (Artes Mundi, Pinchuck International Prize) and a committee member of Frac Grand Large Haut-de-France collection and an advisor of Kadist Art Foundation. She participated in several conferences (Liverpool Biennal, Arnofini…) and has published some articles and essays (AWARE platform, Something We African’s got, Iris of Lucy for CAAM publication…).