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For its 2023 edition, Art Dubai’s commission invited visitors to explore the culinary and artistic delights of “Chaupal” – a space to embrace the spirit of community, gathering, and performance that was at the heart of this year’s commission.

The programme called “Chaupal: A Journey Through South Asia. Food and Performance as Community Building” was divided into two spaces – the delightful delicatessen shop and the captivating performance arena, where a diverse lineup of South Asian artists took guests on a journey through the senses, ancient recipes, games, and rituals.

Each participating artist has been invited to create a dish that is inspired by their personal artistic practice, a feast for both the eyes and the palate. These dishes were sold at the Chaupal delicatessen shop, where visitors could indulge in the flavours and textures of the region. Meanwhile, the preparation of these dishes wase showcased in the performance arena, and transformed into a living, breathing work of art.

Art Dubai Commissions programme brought artists to the heart of the fair through daily performance and food-based experiences. Further supporting the fair’s mandate to bring art from the Global South to the forefront, the programme focused is on cultural production from South Asia. Artists were using a mix of food and performances, taking visitors on a journey from Dubai, to South Asia, and back again through activating the six senses.

The commissions used performance, food practices, and design to explore themes of community, celebration, hope, and connection. These encounters took place in a purpose-built space at the fair, and programmed to allow for plurality in both the artists that partook and the format in which each commission took place.

Watch a feature film about the project, produced by STIR

STIR is the Strategic Media Partner of the fair.

Foundation Partners



Dastaangoi is a global organization that aims to promote the diversity and richness of contemporary South Asian art, design, and culture to the world through curating stories, podcasts and products.

Dastaangoi, Inc. was founded in 2020 by Waleeya Ahmad and Amad Mian on the belief that pride in Pakistani culture and collaborative tradition of storytelling need to be revived.



Ishara Art Foundation

The Ishara Art Foundation was founded in 2019 as a non-profit organisation dedicated to presenting contemporary art of South Asia. Located in Dubai, the foundation supports emerging and established artists that champion critical dialogue and explore global interconnections.

Ishara realises its mission through exhibitions, onsite and online programmes, education initiatives and collaborations in the UAE and internationally. The foundation facilitates exchange between South Asian and international artistic networks that include museums, foundations, institutions, galleries and individuals.

The Ishara logo, a synthesis of a square and circle, is based on an ideogram by the celebrated Indian-American artist Zarina to convey the word آسمان (‘Aasman’), sky. It forms one of 36 images from ‘Home is a Foreign Place’ (1999), a work in the collection of Ishara’s Founder and Chairperson, Smita Prabhakar. Ishara signifies a gesture, a signal or a hint, and is a word common to several languages including Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Swahili and Urdu.

Ishara Art Foundation is presented in partnership with Alserkal.


Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Established at the initiative of the avid art collector Kiran Nadar, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) opened its doors to the public in January 2010, as the first private museum of art exhibiting Modern and contemporary works from India and the sub-continent. Located in the heart of New Delhi, India’s capital city, KNMA as a non-commercial, not-for-profit organisation intends to exemplify the dynamic relationship between art and culture through its exhibitions, publications, educational, and public programs.



Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Founded in 2011, Kochi-Muziris Biennale is India’s first ever biennial of international contemporary art and its story is unique to India’s current reality—its political, social and artistic landscape. It began as a government initiative, when the Department of Cultural Affairs of Government of Kerala approached two artists—Riyas Komu and Bose Krishnamachari—to help organise an international platform for art in India. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale seeks to invoke the latent cosmopolitan spirit of the modern metropolis of Kochi and its mythical past, Muziris, and create a platform that will introduce contemporary international visual art theory and practice to India, showcase and debate new Indian and international aesthetics and art experiences and enable a dialogue among artists, curators, and the public.


Samdani Art Foundation 

The Samdani Art Foundation (SAF) is a private arts trust based in Dhaka, Bangladesh founded in 2011 by collector couple Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani to support the work of the country’s contemporary artists and architects. Led by Artistic Director and Curator Diana Campbell, SAF seeks to expand the audience engaging with contemporary art across Bangladesh and increase international exposure for the country’s artists and architects. Its programmes support Bangladeshi artists and architects in broadening their creative horizons through production grants, residencies, education programs, and exhibitions. SAF produces the renowned bi-annual Dhaka Art Summit (DAS), which it founded in 2012.


Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation in collaboration with Britto Arts Trust

Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation (DBF) is a non-profit organisation established in 2018, with a mission to support and promote art from South Asia and beyond in a critical, international art context. Its Projects and Programming cultivate and present rigorous artistic and socially responsible practices through exhibitions, commissions, residencies, community engagement programmes and publications, with the aim of developing new dialogues, narratives and interconnections between home-based and diaspora South Asian artists and the international cultural community. These goals are strengthened by fruitful synergies with cross-platform cultural Partners globally, including educational and governmental institutions, museums, foundations and non-profits, art fairs and art festivals, community platforms and charities.


Britto Arts Trust is the first artists’ run non- profit collective in Bangladesh with a global reach founded in 2002 by 6 artists and permanently located at Green Road, Dhaka but works extensively in different locations across the country. Britto Arts Trust is an expansive and sustainable non- commercial contemporary art environment and culture that seeds and promotes multiple interdisciplinary practitioners, groups and networks. As a catalyst it provides a platform for the development of professional artists, a place where they can meet, discuss and upgrade their skills on their own terms.