Curated by Munira Al Sayegh, UAE NOW is a new segment of Art Dubai exploring the country’s independent local artist-run platforms. These collectives and community groups offer a crucial counterpoint to the public and commercial sectors and add an essential layer to the local contemporary art ecosystem. UAE NOW highlights the depth in these organisations and their place in the evolving landscape, bringing to the fore the important contribution of grassroots platforms and the underground in creating new ways of thinking, theory and artistic movements.
The participating platforms include, Bait 15, Banat Collective, Jaffat el Aqlam, PAC (Public Art Collective) and Daftar Asfar. These platforms have been invited to showcase their respective institutions in their way of choice and it is hoped that their introduction to the fair will act as a counter narrative, creating a symbiotic push and pull between institutional and non-institutional thinking and action.