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Abu Dhabi Art Launches Online

The 12th edition of Abu Dhabi Art launched today as a virtual fair with a diverse showcase of works by over 200 artists from 68 international galleries

Afra Al Dhaheri's Tasreeha from the BEYOND: Emerging Artists section

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the 12th edition of Abu Dhabi Art launched on 19th November as an interactive virtual fair, featuring 68 galleries and more than 200 artists from around the globe.

“We are committed to supporting galleries that have been exhibiting with Abu Dhabi Art for years, while developing new markets for the Emirates," says Dyala Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art. "The 12th edition presents our most global fair to date in digital format – alongside select on-site projects in Abu Dhabi. We also continue to prioritise dynamic curatorial content, whether through the performance programme by Rose Lejeune, our Emerging Artists commissions or through curated gallery sectors that focus on Africa, South Korea and India.”

Dyala Nusseibeh, Fair Director of Abu Dhabi Art

Collaborating with the largest number of curators to date, the online fair will run from 19th to 26th November 2020, featuring a series of commercial exhibitions dedicated to contemporary art from South Korea, Africa, India, and the UAE alongside regular Modern and Contemporary booths, a dedicated performance art sector and the Beyond: Emerging Artists platform.

For the very first time, Abu Dhabi Art has integrated live-stream video interviews with artists, curators and gallerists, and will feature a live talks programme. Internationally renowned guest curators are invited to work with galleries and artists to highlight works with a different geographical focus, another first for the fair.

Chioma Ebinama, penumbras 25, 2018, sumi ink and watercolor on cotton rag paper 12.5 x 18 in _ 30 x 44 cm, $2,500, Image courtesy of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery

Below, some highlights you can expect from the show in the coming days.

Modern and Contemporary: 37 galleries from over 15 countries around the world will exhibit works in virtual booths offering curatorial frameworks for each presentation.

The Day After: Abu Dhabi Art’s first ever sector dedicated to contemporary African art. Curated by Simon Njami, the sector brings together works from seven new galleries, exploring concepts of time during the pandemic.

Material – Real: A brand-new sector exploring contemporary art from South Korea. Curated by Sung woo Kim, this section highlights 13 new galleries.

Maitha Abdalla Boudoir 3

India Today: Curator Ashwin Thadani returns to Abu Dhabi Art to present works from across the Indian subcontinent.

A Picture Held Us Captive: Nada Raza brings together five galleries to showcase works by contemporary artists based in the UAE.

Beyond: Emerging Artists: This year, the annual programme, which commissions new work by emerging Emirati artists, is curated by Maya El-Khalil and dedicated to the theme of memory. The programme will showcase works by artists Hind Mezaina, Afra Al Dhaheri and Afra Al Suwaidi. All works can be viewed online and at Manarat Al Saadiyat, where they will be exhibited from 19th November until the end of December this year.

Mohammed Kazem -IVDE

Performing Arts Programme: Curated by Rose Lejeune, this programme showcases four new works by Alice Theobald, Raed Yassin, Maitha Abdalla and Nastio Mosquito, created during the pandemic and filmed in Berlin, London, Abu Dhabi and Lisbon.

Online visitors anywhere in the world can view the works through downloadable VR goggles using their mobile phones, while guests based in the UAE can visit on-site at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

Farah Al-Qasimi_Everybody was Invited to a Party, 2018, still

Talks Programme: Featuring established speakers from the art community in the UAE such as Antonia Carver, Laila Binbrek, Reem Fadda, Nawal al Qassimi, Smita Prabakhar and Zain Massud, together with international participants including Chris Dercon, Fawz Kabra and Aimee Dawson, alongside the curators and artists, the talks programme engages audiences in discussions related to the development of the art scene in the UAE over the past decade, contemporary art practices in the region and art perspectives and insights from around the world.

To view the fair and read more, click here

All images courtesy of Abu Dhabi Art

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