On the eve of the opening of the second edition of Art Dubai Digital, we looked at the forces shaping Dubai’s rapid emergence as a global digital and crypto hub. Focusing on the institutions, galleries, and platforms who are driving innovation in this fast-moving sector, Art Dubai Digital featured over 20 new media presentations, including AR/VR experiences, immersive installations as well as interactive digital objects, demonstrating how digital and new media art as a field is constantly evolving as our relationships to technology change. To know more, please click here.
A young, brave generation of painters from the Global South are producing works of art which demand our attention, reflecting the here and now and with the capacity to transfix. Pablo del Val, Art Dubai’s Artistic Director, spoke to writer Laura Egerton about a new generation of painters showing at the fair this year. Read more here.
The independent curators selected for this year are Dr. Christianna Bonin for Art Dubai Modern; Auronda Scalera and Alfredo Cramerotti for Art Dubai Digital; Emiliano Valdés for Bawwaba. To know more, please click here.
We welcome submissions from commercial galleries operating on the primary market across four sections of the fair: Art Dubai Contemporary, Art Dubai Modern, Bawwaba, and Art Dubai Digital. The Young Gallery Support Plan, now in its third year, supports the participation of emerging galleries and artistic practices from the Global South. The final deadline for applications is 15 September 2023. To know more and apply, click here.
The third edition of Art Dubai’s Bawwaba section spotlighted solo presentations of new work by 11 artists hailing from across the Global South. The theme of Bawwaba 2023 proposed by its curator Vipash Purichanont was Against Disappearance and celebrated artists who use traditional materials and disappearing techniques of their native countries to create highly detailed artwork, from works on paper, tapestries, paintings to performances. Read more here.
Curated by Lorenzo Giusti and Mouna Mekouar, Art Dubai 2023’s Modern section featured in-depth displays by 10 artists who have played a fundamental role in the art historical canon. From formal and narrative connections to cultural specificities, the section displayed a diverse set of artistic vocabularies. For more information, click here.
As we prepare for our 2024 edition, here’s a look back at some of the press responses to the 2023 fair which was our most critically and commercially successful to date, and delivered a total of 142.9M AED in direct economic impact to the city of Dubai, according to a newly released Economic Impact Study by leading independent market research consultancy IPSOS.
The third edition of the A.R.M. Holding Children’s programme, the UAE’s largest cultural education programme for children, is underway in more than 90 schools across the 7 Emirates. This year’s edition is titled The Flag Project and has been developed by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren. For more information, click here.
TALK: Luxury Retail and Art
Thierry Wasser, Caroline Bourgeois, Lucia Boscaini
Moderated by Amit Gupta
As the world of art broadens its borders, luxury retail and art collaborations have been a natural outcome. This panel brings together leading representatives across the luxury retail and art worlds to discuss their involvement with the arts, how their affiliations and practices incorporate art, and the role that plays in the DNA of the organisations they represent.
9:00pm – 2:00am
AFTER PARTY: Art Bar
Parvané and Patch
Art Bar opens as part of the Art Dubai After Dark programme. Line-up includes, Dubai based franco-iranian DJ Parvané and groovy DJ Patch.
PREDICTING THE PRESENT
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
By Global Art Forum Commissioner Shumon Basar
FASHION AS EARLY WARNING SYSTEM
Head of Editorial Content, VOGUE JAPAN Tiffany Godoy and Global Art Forum Commissioner Shumon Basar
Because of its reach, fashion is said to not only express the present moment but actually embody it. Tiffany Godoy shares her uniquely informed insights into fashion’s next seismic evolutions, through the prisms of media, technology and markets.
PRESENT DIGITAL (PART 2)
CEO and Co-Founder of TRLab Audrey Ou and Curator and Founder of NFT Asia Clara Peh
Hosted by Founder of Tropical Futures Institutes Chris Fussner
What are the latest forces shaping digital art and NFT innovation? Audrey Ou and Clara Peh share stories with Chris Fussner from the frontline of Web3 cultural production and communities, and delve into Art Dubai Digital’s participants, projects and initiatives.
UNDERSTANDING PREDICTING MEDIA
Critic and Co-Founder of New Models Caroline Busta and Co-Founder of New Models, Director and Music Producer Lil Internet
What could possibly come after social media: Recommendation media? Community-as-media? Web3 decentralised anti-social media? New Models chart the contours of the media-maximalist 2010s — a decade of endless podcasts, streams and sensational takes — in order to point us to where the rest of the 2020s could venture next.
Artist Ahaad Alamoudi and artist Shuang Li
Hosted by Art Critic and Researcher Nadine Khalil
What is the relationship between identity and heritage? Does technology elicit new narratives of the self and of the nation state? What is the resolution of truth? Ahaad Alamoudi and Shuang Li are two of today’s most exciting young artists. They weave novel, witty narratives based around their cultures — Saudi Arabian and Chinese, respectively — articulated in the native languages of online characters.
PRESENT AND POTENTIAL PLACES
Writer and Editor, The White Review, Skye Arundhati Thomas, Principal of Counterspace, Professor of Practice, UCL and Artistic Director of Islamic Arts Biennale Sumayya Vally
Hosted by Global Art Forum Commissioner Shumon Basar
As the tectonic plates of globalisation shift again, what can we predict about the present from Asia and Africa’s perspectives? In this discussion with Goa-based Skye Arundathi Thomas and Johannasburg/London-based Sumayya Vally, place is presented as a source of political and creative potential that constantly renews itself.
Art Dubai’s flagship professional development programme, providing support and opportunities for emerging artists and creative communities.
The first institutional art collection for the city of Dubai – an initiative of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, run in partnership with Art Dubai Group.
A multi-year government-led strategy to develop and deliver major public art commissions across the city, delivered in partnership with Dubai’s leading institutions.
Across the Emirates, cultural organisations and art foundations are preparing a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions and activities during the week of Art Dubai.
The most extensive cultural education and workshops programme in the UAE, each year developed in partnership with a leading international artist.
Art Dubai’s flagship thought-leadership programme, launched in 2007. An annual transdisciplinary summit that combines original thinking and contemporary themes.
A series of intimate, critical conversations exploring trends in collecting and scholarship across the Global South, presented in partnership with Dubai Collection.
A new physical fair section launched in March 2022 to provide an annual 360-degree snapshot of the current digital and new media art landscape.
A one-of-a-kind platform for Modern masters from the Global South, focusing on artists active between the 1950s and 1990s that reveal a great variety of distinctive artistic languages.
Lebanese artist Samir Sayegh is a pioneer of modernism in the Arab world. His practice is driven by his interest in the formal power of letters; Sayegh was a pioneer in seperating Arabic calligraphy from its contextual language in an effort to create a universal visual language.Read more
Lebanese artist Ali Cherri doesn’t believe in creative inspiration; he thinks art takes work, time, and patience. His work is largely impacted by the framework of growing up in civil war, highlighting questions of death, heritage, war and critical thought about the world and context within which we live.Read more
Sherin Guirguis’s contemporary practice aims to evolve traditional sacred geometry into a new visual language that seeks to tell stories and personal narratives. She works almost exclusively on paper, and is particularly interested in the history and embodied politics of working exclusively with this medium.Read more
Moroccan artist Meriem Bennani’s work applies humour and surreal approaches to subjects that are often considered taboo. Most recently, her digital characters serve as a vehicle through which to comment on social, political and cultural experiences through conversations that are relevant and reflective of the times we live in.Read more
Discover art from the Global South at the Middle East’s leading international art fair.
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