Emirates News Agency – 14th Abu Dhabi Art Fair opens to public
ABU DHABI, 14th November, 2022 (WAM) — Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the 14th edition of Abu Dhabi Dhabi Art Fair will open to the public at Manarat Al Saadiyat at 5pm on Wednesday November 16 and will run until Sunday November 20. Entry to this year’s fair is free and tickets can be reserved when pre-registering through the Abu Dhabi Art website.
Organized by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi), the show returns with its largest and most diverse lineup to date. There are 80 galleries from 28 countries representing over 300 artists from around the world and showcasing over 900 works of art. This year’s edition will feature 33 new galleries from Colombia, France, Tunisia, Italy, Nigeria, South Korea, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere, as well as a rich and organized program experience.
Abu Dhabi Art welcomes eminent art historian Rachida Triki, gallerist Jade Yeşim Turanlı and art journalist Riccarda Mandrini as guest curators and gallery collaborators at the fair this year. Dr. Omar Kholeif will curate My Life in the Metaverse, as part of the Abu Dhabi Art’s Gateway program, and the Artist Commissions in Cultural Sites program includes new works by Abdullah Al Saadi, Marinella Senatore, Shilpa Gupta and Conrad Shawcross. As part of the annual Beyond: Emerging Artists program, three UAE-based emerging artists, Majd Alloush, Sarah Al Mehairi and Mohamed Khalid, have created new commissioned works to be exhibited at the fair.
Abu Dhabi Art will also host CookBook Abu Dhabi, an exceptional culinary art experience featuring renowned chefs Kasper Kurdahl, Maksut Askar, Ivan Brehm and Sahar Parham Al Awadhi and artists Caique Tizzi, Greta Alfaro, Hicham Berrada and Emeka Ogbah.
Highlights of Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2022 include:
Focus: New Tomorrows: Art historian, professor of philosophy and curator Triki is the guest curator of this year’s Focus section, under the theme New Tomorrows. The section will highlight galleries and artists from North Africa and explore the artistic evolution of the region. Abu Dhabi Art has also appointed gallery owner Turanlı, of Pi Artworks, and journalist Mandrini as guest curators for the fair, each bringing a number of new galleries. Turanlı will focus on galleries and artists from Türkiye, including new exhibitors Dirimart and Galeri Nev İstanbul, while Mandrini will bring together galleries from around the world with various programs including Mazzoleni, P420 and Dep Art Gallery.
Gateway: Dr. Omar Kholeif, author, curator, broadcaster and cultural historian, curated My Life in the Metaverse, the fair’s Gateway 2022 exhibition, which will be on view at Manarat Al Saadiyat from November 16, 2022 to January 22, 2023. My Life in the Metaverse is a multidisciplinary exhibition that spans a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, photography, installation, video, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), with a journey through guided simulation by Dr. Kholeif’s alter ego. , Dr. O. My Life in the Metaverse features works by internationally acclaimed artists, many of whom will feature new commissions, as well as those who have never been exhibited in the UAE before. Artists include Sophia Al Maria, Cory Arcangel, Cream Projects, Simon Denny, Celia Hempton, Paul Heyer, Haroon Mirza, Farhad Moshiri, Trevor Paglen, Nam June Paik, Heather Phillipson and Andy Warhol.
Beyond: Emerging Artists: Three UAE-based emerging artists, Majd Alloush, Sarah Al Mehairi and Mohamed Khalid, have created new commissioned works that will be exhibited at the art fair in November. Each artist brought their unique perspective to explorations of notions of borders, home, man-made territories, and geographic mapping.
Artist Commissions in Cultural Sites: Abu Dhabi Art has commissioned four artists to create new public installations, which will be placed in sites of historical significance across the emirate, as part of the Artist Commissions in Cultural Sites program. cultural sites this year. Commissions for 2022 include new works by Abdullah Al Saadi, Marinella Senatore, Shilpa Gupta and Conrad Shawcross. These works will appear in Al Ain and Al Hosn as well as Abu Dhabi’s home of art, Manarat Al Saadiyat. The installations will be unveiled to the public on November 16, the first day of the fair, and will remain on view until January 22, 2023. The works are site-specific and thoughtfully placed in locations to create a dialogue with their surroundings, bridge the gap between the historical and the contemporary.
In & Around: This year, seven established artists will exhibit their work as part of the In and Around programme: Shaikha Al Mazrou, Lawrie Shabibi; Ngozi-Omeje Ezema, Kó; Abdullah Al Saadi; Marinella Senatore, Mazzoleni; Conrad Shawcross, Isa Gallery; Farah Al Qasimi, The Third Line; Slimen El Kamel, La La Lande; Farid Belkahia, The Blue Violin. They will be joined by three art students who participated in the Christo and Jeanne-Claude prize.
Farideh Lashai: Afloat Over Ripples: Abu Dhabi Art presents an exhibition showcasing the final works of the late prominent Iranian artist Farideh Lashai (1944-2014) via six video installations. The works reflect her artistic life: as an abstract painter, a playful experimenter in new technologies and an intellectual who excelled in bringing her aesthetic genius closer to her role as a writer, thinker and translator.
Farideh Lashai: Afloat Over Ripples strikes a perfect balance between its conceptual and historical thought and the pervasive beauty of color and brushstrokes to tell of the political conditions during and beyond Farideh’s time. The videos follow the journey of the protagonist, a playful animated rabbit, through different eras and landscapes, bringing lightness and innocence to these complicated times. Farideh also pays homage to Charlie Chaplin and Umm-Kulthum in the video installation, El Amal (The Desire), at the entrance to the exhibition hall and his works are accompanied by the artist’s Persian bestseller, The Jackal Came, whose English translation will soon be published.
The exhibition is organized by Saam Samiee, in collaboration with the photography studio, Manarat Al Saadiyat, the Farideh Lashai Foundation, Basel Switzerland and the Leila Heller Gallery. The exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous loan of works of art from His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa alongside the Mohammed Afkhami Collection, Maryam Massoudi, Farhad Bakhtiar Bakhtiari, Mana Jalalian and the estate of Farideh Lashai.
Abu Dhabi Art Pavilion: See the winning student design for a pavilion created for Abu Dhabi Art at the entrance to the fair.
Are we a microcosm? : an exhibition of art and technology directed by the MORROW collective and supported by the FBMI.
The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Prize: In its 10th edition, the winning work will be unveiled at Abu Dhabi Art this year.
Educational program: Abu Dhabi Art offers stimulating art workshops, artist-led masterclasses, tours in English and Arabic, and competitions for all ages. With a strong emphasis on accessible public engagement, this year’s varied programming and events include lectures, performances, workshops and tours, held at Manarat Al Saadiyat as well as at the sites where the orders of this year, some led by artists and curators. . Prior reservation is required for tours.
Lecture Program: There will be daily in-depth discussions led by art and culture experts around topics such as building museum collections in the region, art in North Africa, women in art, digital art and NFTs, the art empowerment society and notable personalities. in art.