Art Dubai Residents

For its 12th edition, Art Dubai introduced a new gallery programme dedicated to solo presentations from invited galleries whose artists took part in a 4-8 week residency. The programme took place in the UAE and encouraged artists to immerse themselves in the local art scene to create a body of work which merged their distinct artistic practice with their surroundings. The final works were displayed in the new section of the fair, presented by the artists’ respective galleries.

Residents 2018 presented an intimate selection of 11 solo gallery presentations by artists from around the world working across all media. The galleries in this section were presented in a special exhibition between the two Contemporary gallery halls. The programme aimed to support artists by providing a platform to develop their practice and create new work inspired and influenced by their stay in the UAE. Framed within a unique geographical and cultural context, Residents further aimed to facilitate exchange and dialogue between artists, local communities and the broader cultural landscape.

The inaugural edition of Residents was accompanied by a range of public events and open studios, hosted by the residency spaces, giving the public an opportunity to interact with the artists and follow the production of their works up until their presentation at Art Dubai 2018. The programme was concluded with a round-table discussion, including representatives from each of the residency spaces as well as the artists.

Art Dubai was supported by in5, Tashkeel and Warehouse421.

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1×1 Gallery | Dubai

Poonam Jain
Bangalore, 1989
Lives and works in Bombay


Erti Gallery | Tbilisi

Tato Akhalkatsishvili
Tbilisi, 1979
Lives and works in Tbilisi

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Mariane Ibrahim Gallery | Seattle

Zohra Opoku
Altdöbern, 1976
Lives and works in Accra

Farshad Farzankia I Blackboard I 2017 I Acrylic and oil stick on canvas I 210 x 210 cm I 82 x 82 in

Galerie Kornfeld |Berlin

Farshad Farzankia
Tehran, 1980
Lives and work in Copenhagen


Lakum Artspace | Riyadh

Faris Alosaimi
Riyadh, 1991
Lives and works in Riyadh

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The Mine | Dubai

Yasuaki Onishi
Osaka, 1979
Lives and works in Osaka


Öktem & Aykut |Istanbul

Jennifer İpekel
Istanbul, 1988
Lives and works in Istanbul

Iabadiou Piko, Jiwa Jiwa Dibawah Awan Hitam, 2016, Acrylic, bitumen, spray paint, colour pencil on canvas, Courtesy Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin-Orbital Dago, Bandung

Orbital Dago | Bandung

Iabadiou Piko
Prabumulih, 1984
Lives and works in Yogyakarta

José Lerma, Untitled (Eyes) 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Roberto Paradise


José Lerma
Seville, 1971
Lives and works in Chicago, IL, USA


The Rooster Gallery | Vilnius

Kristina Alisauskaite
Vilnius, 1984
Lives and works in Vilnius


Tyburn Gallery | London

Victor Ehikhamenor  
Udomi-Uwessan, Edo State, 1970
Lives and works between Lagos and Maryland