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Art Dubai Commissions, as part of the extensive not-for-profit programme, gives regional and international artists the opportunity to develop dynamic site-specific works for the grounds of the fair. The projects are developed with local and international partner organisations creating a collaborative model that is designed to extend the life and influence of the project beyond the fair in March.

Artists involved in Art Dubai Projects 2011 included Abbas Akhavan, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Oraib Toukan and Hrair Sarkissian.

Abbas Akhavan and Shaikha Al Mazrou’s works were created as part of their A.i.R Dubai Residencies.

Art Dubai Projects also presented a series of commissioned interactive performative tours around the gallery halls, which reflected on its format and economy. In 2011, selected artists were Abhishek Hazra and Malek Helmy.


Abbas Akhavan, for now: for the birds

for now: for the birds was an allegorical body of work referring to absence and ephemerality, consisting of audio sculptures, ephemera and site- specific installations that deal with the invasion of foreign species, the disappearance of shorelines and the shifting lines of economy.