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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. For the first time, Art Dubai Commissions focused solely on performance art.

Yasmina Reggad returned to curate a series of new performances by artists Manuel Pelmuş, Lana Fahmi, Eglé Budvytytė, Iván Argote and Pauline Bastard. The performances explored the idea of interrupting, diverting and disturbing the audience.

Through these type of performances you can witness very genuine and memorable reactions, and it’s always rewarding to see people surprised, curious and intrigued by the art form.

– Yasmina Reggad

Lana Fahmi, What Modernity?, 2017, Photo by Dani Baptista


Manuel Pelmuş

Private Collection, 2017, On-Going Action, Photo by Dani Baptista

Private Collection was a collection consisting of live enactments of several art works that have disappeared in private collections or their whereabouts  are mostly unknown. Using only the human body as a medium, Private Collection aimed at bringing these art works back into the public sphere. In line with previous works by Manuel Pelmus, Private Collection explored questions relating to “immaterial” labour, value production, ownership, economy of attention, and aims at reflecting on the relationship between the public and the private spheres during an age where  privatisation has had a massive impact on public museums/institutions and the society at large.

Manuel Pelmuş is a Romanian artist. He has a background in choreography, but has worked mostly in the visual arts context over the last couple of years. Manuel Pelmuş represented Romania (together with Alexandra Pirici) at the -55th- Venice Biennale with the acclaimed project “An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale.” His recent  work has been presented, among others, at the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; Tate Modern, London; The Kiev Biennale; Museum of Modern Art Warsaw; Para/Site, Hong Kong; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Museum M, Leuven; FIAC, Paris;  Modern Museum Salzburg; The National Museum of Art Romania among others. Manuel Pelmus was awarded Berlin Art Prize for Performing Arts in 2012 and  the Excellence Award of the National Dance Center in Bucharest in 2014.