Curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Art Dubai’s 2020 edition of Commissions showcases multi-disciplinary site-specific projects with an ecological focus. With installations throughout the venue, this year’s iteration is produced in collaboration with the Jameel Arts Centre through a months-long season continuum in Dubai. With current renditions of their work presented at the Centre, the participating artists will further develop and research projects to then be showcased at Art Dubai in March 2020. Participating artists include Asunción Molinos Gordo, Charwei Tsai, Khalil Rabah and Prabhakar Pachpute.
The 2020 theme focuses on environmental and ecological considerations, topical concerns of the current times we are living in. Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez’s in-depth background with ecologically-engaged approaches to art that explore, at the very core, how humans engage with and impact the spaces around them, was critical in her selection as the Commissions 2020 curator. The multi-disciplinary projects she has selected, woven throughout the venue, will be activated through the use of locally-sourced materials, reduced amount of transport used for production, no usage of plastic, and through prioritising materials that are both free of toxic chemicals and are recyclable.
This edition was “inspired by the artists who have been at the forefront of critically reflecting the actual moment of an increasing societal racialisation and the profound ecological crisis,” says Petrešin-Bachelez. The Commissions will invite visitors to imagine how to care for one another and for the environment that we inhabit.