Campus Art Dubai (CAD) is a 6-month seminar and residency programme for Emirati and UAE-based artists and curators taking place from October 2019 to March 2020. The upcoming edition of Campus Art Dubai will provide practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of the local art scene through a rigorous curriculum comprised of seminars, group critiques, field trips and a production residency allowing participants opportunities for their career development as practicing artists and curators.  At the culmination of the programme, participants will show their work in a curated group exhibition during Art Dubai 2020.

Campus Art Dubai 8.0 participants will be announced shortly.

CAD 8.0: Animal/Vegetable/Mineral: Symbiotic Life in a Parasitic World

As the growing urgency of the climate crisis and related calls for sustainability take center stage in global politics, the need to better understand the relationships between and among the many ways of being and forms of life on this planet has become critical. Do emerging models for living-in-relation provide us with pathways through which to forestall our inevitable extinction? What solutions do these new ontologies and epistemologies offer for the predicaments that anthropocentric biases have produced? Can we attune ourselves to hear what artists Allora and Calzadilla have called “the great silence” that alienates us from our environment? How has and is nature understood, produced and reproduced within the hyperstatic urban formations of the twenty-first century Gulf?

Artists, curators, and other creative professionals have had a key role in investigating these interconnections and entanglements, often laying the groundwork for future policy action. CAD 8.0 draws on this history, opening up the fields of feminist and decolonial critical theory for participants to think through where and how kin-making and art-making may overlap.

Applicants for CAD 8.0 must have an artistic project linked to their application which they will be working on throughout the programme.


Murtaza Vali is a Brooklyn and Sharjah-based critic and curator. He regularly publishes in various international art periodicals and has presented exhibitions at and contributed to publications for non-profit institutions, art fairs and commercial galleries around the globe. He is a Visiting Instructor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and a member of Art Jameel’s Curatorial Council.

Uzma Z. Rizvi is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, where she teaches anthropology, ancient urbanism, critical heritage studies, art and social change and the postcolonial critique. Rizvi is also a Visiting Researcher in the Department of International Studies at the American University of Sharjah. Rizvi (w/ Amal Khalaf) directed Art Dubai’s 2016 Global Art Forum, The Future Was.

Munira Al Sayegh holds an undergraduate degree from University of London’s School of African and Oriental Studies in History of Art and Archaeology, with a focus on the Middle East. Al Sayegh worked on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project from 2015 – 2017 and curated several sections at Art Dubai 2019.