FILM 2012

Art Dubai Film is a programme of video and film by and about artists. Besides artists’ video shown in the gallery booths, our not-for-profit programme includes a cinema space at the fair each March, featuring programmes created by guest curators and collaborators.

In 2012, Art Dubai launched The Hatch, an ordinary stairwell transformed into an intimate space for film, video and artists’ talks. A rolling programme featured archival film curated by Bidoun Projects, artists’ films presented in collaboration with Art Dubai galleries, plus a series of artists’ talks.

The artists’ talks included presentations by artists commissioned by Art Dubai Projects and those who participated in A.i.R Dubai, the residency programme run by Art Dubai, Delfina Foundation, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Tashkeel.

The Hatch was supported by AVID Learning, an Essar Group Initiative. AVID fosters creative learning across the fields of culture and heritage, literature and the arts through workshops, lectures and other programs. Currently based in India, AVID launched in the UAE in 2012.

One feature of The Hatch 2012 was the screening of rare films from the modern moment in Iran, re-mastered and presented by the not-for-profit publishing, curatorial, and educational initiative Bidoun Projects.

Artists’ films included

The Poet and The Philospher

Bettina Corke, 1970, 30 minutes

Courtesy of Bidoun Projects: Presented with thanks to the Abby Weed Grey Collection at NYU

Ardeshir Mohasses & His Caricatures
Bahman Maghsoudlou, 1972, 20 min

Courtesy of Bidoun Projects

Butterflies of Aisha Bibi
Almagul Menlibayeva, 2010, 9 minutes
Courtesy of Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

At Death’s Door
Moataz Nasr, 2009, 03:17 minutes
Courtesy Galleria Continua

Shadow Life
Cao Fei, 2011, 10 minutes 

Courtesy the artist and Lombard Fried Projects

Ecstatic Picture, Spilled Milk
Ranu Mukherjee, 2011, 05:05 minutes
Courtesy Frey Norris Contemporary & Modern

Sun’s Incubator
Ammar Al Beik, 11:30 minutes
Courtesy Ayyam Gallery

On the Work of MF Husain
‘Husain at work and play’, 2004, 14 minutes; ‘Six days of making’, 2005, 16 minutes; ‘Jugalbandi’, 1988, 28 minutes; ‘Energy, enigma, exile; 95 by Vinod Bhardwaj’, 2010, 15 minutes
Programmed with Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery