Art Dubai Commissions, as part of the fair’s extensive not-for-profit programme, gives artists from across the world the opportunity to develop dynamic site-specific works for the grounds of the fair.

For its 2019 edition, Art Dubai has commissioned renowned Brazilian artist collective OPAVIVARÁ! to create an interactive, site-specific work at the heart of the fair on Fort Island. OPAVIVARÁ!’s installation, entitled ‘SOLAROCA’, will consist of a beach-like environment under the shade of an oca (a Brazilian indigenous house) and combine a typical Brazilian beach-setting with traditional Middle Eastern elements. The work will serve as a backdrop for visitors to mingle and invite an intercultural dialogue.

 OPAVIVARÁ!, SOLAROCA, 2019, Courtesy of Photo Solutions (Art Dubai 2019)


OPAVIVARÁ! is an art collective from Rio de Janeiro, who develops actions in public spaces of different cities, galleries and cultural institutions, proposing inversions in the use of urban space, through the creation of relational devices that provide collective experiences. Since its creation in 2005, the group has been an active participant in the Brazilian contemporary art scene. They participated in the 32ª São Paulo Biennial 2016 and in 2017 had a performance at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and exhibitions in Vienna, Lisbon, Leverkusen and Nice.