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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. Art Dubai Commissions 2016 was curated by Yasmina Reggad, and featured artists Doa Aly, the collective trio Nile Sunset Annex; as well as Sreshta Rit Premnath and Massinissa Selmani.  Running alongside the residency and projects programme A.I.R Dubai.


Doa Aly, Free Radicals, Performance

For her first foray into staging a live performance, Doa Aly continued her investigation into the vulnerability at the heart of rhetoric and choreography. The performance Free Radicals takes its title from Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s description of affects in her compilation of essays Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (2003).

Free Radicals was a montage of texts and choreographies exploring the affective atmospheres created by acts of guilt and hope, forging an analogy between those atmospheres and schizophrenia: a mental illness whose disruptive symptoms often suspends appropriate affect. This approach served to juxtapose the decelerative reflection involved in the acts of writing and performing to the compulsive acceleration created by the immediacy of events. Throughout Free Radicals, ideas of control and agency were explored and refurbished to mediate a discussion about the present as a constant negotiation between bodily capacity, desire, and sensory overload.