Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Art Dubai

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Orkhan Huseynov, Tagiev, 2010, Oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm. Courtesy of Yarat Contemporary Art Space

Marker is Art Dubai's curated programme of galleries and spaces focusing each year on a particular geography or theme. In 2014, Marker turns its focus to Central Asia and the Caucasus in 2014 and is curated by artists Slavs and Tatars.
The art spaces invited to participate in Marker 2014 range from state institutions to galleries and artist-run initiatives, including: ArtEast (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan); Asia Art (Almaty, Kazakhstan); North Caucasus Branch of National Centre for Contemporary Arts, NCAA (Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russia); Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project(Tbilisi, Georgia); and Yarat Contemporay Art Space (Baku, Azerbaijian).
Slavs and Tatars are working with each space and their artists to present existing and new works that together form a collective exhibition through a ‘regime of portraiture’, including mid-twentieth-century paintings, contemporary drawings and sculptures. At the fair, Marker 2014 will take the form of a chaikhaneh or Eurasian (tea) salon, to activate each work as a point of departure, telling larger stories touching upon questions of faith, language, landscape and politics of identity.
Marker also includes a new collaboration with onestar press, the renowned Paris-based artist book publisher, plus an extended education programme in partnership with Caspian Arts Foundation.
Further information about the Marker 2014 programme here.
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Mohammed Kazem, Window 2012 - 2013, Transfer on paper, 25 x 25cm (each). Courtesy of Art Dubai Projects 2013, Art Dubai

Art Dubai Projects is a dynamic, curated programme of new commissions by upcoming and established artists from the Middle East and Asia. Artists and artists’ collectives selected for the 2014 programme include Nadia Ayari,Youmna ChlalaClark House InitiativeSunoj DMaitha DemithanSara Al HaddadShuruq HarbAmina MeniaMaryam Al QassimiMounira Al Solh and Hajra Waheed.
The artists have been invited to create works that engage audiences and interact with the fair and its environment; the new commissions are likely to include site-specific installations, performances, video and research projects. Art Dubai Projects 2014 is developed and organised with this year’s Projects Curator, Fawz Kabra.
Further information about Art Dubai Projects and the artists' biographieshere.
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