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A.i.R DUBAI 2015

Art Dubai partnered with Delfina Foundation, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Tashkeel to run Artists-in-Residence (A.i.R) Dubai, an annual residency programme for international and UAE-based artists and curators. A.i.R Dubai supported artists by providing a platform to develop their practice and create new work, while facilitating exchange between the artists, the local communities, and the broader cultural landscape. Through the course of the programme, artists were commissioned to produce site-specific works for Art Dubai Projects, and take part in a series of artists’ talks, workshops, Open Studios, and other outreach and community programmes at Tashkeel, in Al Fahidi and in the city at large.

A.i.R Dubai 2015, returned to the historical neighbourhood of Al Fahidi for the fourth year. UAE-based and international artists who took part in A.i.R. Dubai 2015 included:

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim

Hind Mezaina

Sharmeen Syed

Jessica Mein

Rheim Alkadhi

The residency programme was curated by Lara Khaldi. 


Mehraneh Atashi, This is a surface where violence, passivity and dream convert to landscape and What if the only witnesses are the birds

Two installations by Iranian artist Mehraneh Atashi. The former was a sculptural work that relied on different materials found in the UAE, such as crude oil, food containers, LED light and polyester casts of the artist’s own hands, all placed in an uncanny constellation together. The second installation was an intervention on the fountain in front of Mina A’Salam hotel, in which an acrylic sculpture was placed atop the water feature in communication with the birds that frequented the area.