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Marker is Art Dubai’s curated programme of galleries and artspaces, which focuses each year on a particular theme or geography. This section aims to exemplify the fair’s role as a site of discovery and cross-cultural exchange, and is a feature of Art Dubai’s extensive not-for-profit programming.

In 2014, Marker turned its focus to Central Asia and the Caucasus. Curated by the artists Slavs and Tatars, this themed series of exhibitions and educational initiatives included gallery booth exhibitions, talks, research projects and commissioned artists’ projects

Download the Marker 2014 booklet HERE.

The five artspaces and organisations selected for Marker 2014 were:

ArtEast (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)

Asia Art+ (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

North Caucasus Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art, NCCA (Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russia)

Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project (Tbilisi, Georgia)

YARAT Contemporary Art Organisation (Baku, Azerbaijian)

Marker featured additional contributions by:

IADA International Art Development Association (Almaty, Kazakhstan / Paris, France)

Mardjani Foundation (Moscow, Russia)


Marker also featured an extended education programme, which included a research booth, daily talks and tours, and opportunities for upcoming curators to research and gain experience in this field. Marker’s education partner was Caspian Arts Foundation.


2014 also marked a new collaboration between Marker and onestar press, the renowned Paris-based artist book publisher. onestar published books by emerging and established artists from Central Asia and the Caucasus invited by Slavs and Tatars including Reza HazareTaus Makhacheva, Sophia TabatadzeArmen Eloyan and Astral Nomads.