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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 and curators involved in Art Dubai Projects 2013 included Dina Danish, Hind Bin Demaithan, Mary Evans, Ehsan Ul Haq, Shi Jinsong, Mohammed Kazem, Farideh Lashai, Basim Magdy, Joe Namy, Yudi Noor, Ahmet Öğüt and Fatima Al Qadiri.

Art Dubai Projects 2013 was dedicated to the memory of Farideh Lashai.


Dina Danish, An Audience in Hiding

Dina Danish’s video installation, An Audience in Hiding, was concerned with crowd dynamics and the perpetually changing architecture of Madinat Jumeirah’s Arena Hall. The work, conceived of during Danish’s three-month residency in Dubai, explores the dynamic relationship between the fair’s venue and its waves of visitors, who pour in for a variety of events throughout the year. Each time, Madinat Jumeirah morphs in terms of its layout, design and atmosphere. Inspired by sports and commentary, her work took a playful approach to analysing crowd behaviour and its relationship with architecture. Watch the video here.