Kader Attia, History of Reappropriation, 2010, Lightbox, 146 x 181 x 17 cm - Galerie Krinzinger

From the 16 to 19 March 2011 – Dubai

Art Dubai is the largest and most established contemporary art fair in the Middle East, taking place every year in March at the Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai. The fair is held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and is owned and run in partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Art Dubai features over 80 galleries from 34 countries and an extensive programme of collateral events including:

Global Art Forum – a series of discussions and debate featuring world-renowned artists, curators, critics and art professionals

  • Art Park – an underground car park converted to house film screenings, projects and Art Park Talks
  • Projects – a dynamic programme of exhibitions, installations, artist commissions, radio dispatches and performative tours of the fair
  • Abraaj Capital Art Prize – the world’s most generous art prize awarding $1 million in disbursements to five artists from the Middle East, North Africa & South Asia region plus one international curator
  • START – a non-profit organisation established by Art Dubai and the Al Madad Foundation operating art workshops for refugee and orphaned children throughout the region
  • Art Week – Art Week is a cultural programme aimed at both residents and visitors, launched during Art Dubai in recognition of the UAE’s role as a regional centre of artistic production and creativity

Zakaria Ramhani Faces Of Your Other 19, 2008 Acrylic on Canvas 240x200cm - Art Space Gallery - Dubai

ontemporary and conceptual are the buzz words surrounding this exhibition, with a wide range of artworks from installations to graphic art, videos and live performances spread over the diverse 10-day programme. “I hate to put artists in one box,” says Abdul Aziz. “The people at Ductac are committed to doing something unique and not just showing traditional paintings. They want to present the audience with some challenges, educate them and stimulate a dialogue.”
And dialogue is the name of the game, with visitors expected not to idly observe but engage with the artists and take part in the many workshops. One not to miss will be a discussion about the rise of contemporary art in the emirates, given by Abdul Aziz herself – an artist whose career has been as unconventional as the exhibition she now curates.

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