In 2010, Bidoun Projects was the curatorial partner of Art Dubai, responsible for programming a series of non-commercial exhibitions, commissions, screenings and educational events that engage with the fabric of the fair.
The projects ranged from A New Formalism, a group exhibition, including Hazem El Mestikawy, Iman Issa, Mahmoud Khaled and U5, that looks at new and expanded formalist practices, to a series of commissions that dwell of the spectacular, temporal nature of an art fair. These included new installations by Ebtisam Abdul-Aziz and Vartan Avakian, and a set of ice sculptures designed by Farhad Moshiri. Nikolas Gambaroff and Matt Sheridan intervened at Madinat Jumeirah with Nowhere for Nothing, a stoop designed to encourage fair-goers to stop for a chat and to exchange some gossip. Bidoun Projects commissioned Sophia Al Maria, Khalil Rabah and Daniel Bozhkov to act as guides, conducting narrative and performative tours of the fair.
Ebtisam Abdul-Aziz’s practice frequently engages with the principles and methods of mathematics and science; in this major new installation, displayed outside, she re-imagines a map of the Arab world according to a set of numerical codes and art market statistics. Ebtisam Abdul-Aziz’s practice frequently engages with the principles and methods of mathematics and science; in this installation, displayed outside, she re-imagined a map of the Arab world according to a set of numerical codes and art market statistics.
Vartan Avakian is an interdisciplinary writer whose work combines architectural and urban research, video, installation and pop media. Typical of his interactive, endlessly inventive practice, Avakian’s new work played within the framework of the fair.