Highlights from Art Dubai’s “Projects” sector – in pictures

Sound art takes the stage at Art Dubai Projects 2015, which returns this year with a brand new “Commissions” section.

Art Dubai Projects 2015 features five new specially commissioned works, six residencies as well as a film and radio section.

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai UAE.

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai UAE.

Art Dubai Projects 2015

As part of Art Dubai‘s extensive not-for-profit programme, Art Dubai Projects invites artists to create new, site-specific works to be exhibited alongside the commercial fair. This year, the fair runs from 18 to 21 March 2015. Art Dubai Projects 2015 features four components:

Lara Khaldi: Art Dubai Projects Curator 2015.

Lara Khaldi: Art Dubai Projects Curator 2015.

Together, Art Dubai Commissions and A.i.R Dubai features 11 artists and collectives. Both programmes are curated by Lara Khaldi, an independent curator who previously curated the Jerusalem Show and Riwaq Biennial (Palestine, 2012). She was also Assistant Director for programmes at the Sharjah Art Foundation from 2009 to 2011.

Five commissions

The inaugural Art Dubai Commissions programme features five new commissions, all of which were developed in collaboration with local and international partner organisations, including Alserkal Avenue, Maraya Art Centre, the British Council and Tashkeel. The five commissioned artists are:

  • Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves
  • Lahore-based artist Mehreen Murtaza
  • Jerusalem-based multi-media artist Jumana Emil Abboud
  • Sound art duo comprising Iranian-born Fari Bradley and London-based Chris Weaver
  • The collective Umashankar and the Earchaeologists comprising Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Nida Ghouse and Umashankar Manthravadi
Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley, 'Systems for a Score', sound art exhibition at Tashkeel. Photo by Jerry Balloch. Image courtesy the artists and Tashkeel.

Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley, ‘Systems for a Score’, sound art exhibition at Tashkeel. Photo by Jerry Balloch. Image courtesy the artists and Tashkeel.

Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley, 'Systems for a Score', sound art exhibition at Tashkeel. Photo by Jerry Balloch. Image courtesy the artists and Tashkeel.

Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley, ‘Systems for a Score’, sound art exhibition at Tashkeel. Photo by Jerry Balloch. Image courtesy the artists and Tashkeel.

According to the Art Dubai website, Umashankar Manthravadi is a sound recordist and archivist who has been building experimental ambisonic microphone systems to map and measure the acoustic properties of ancient archaeological sites across India. The commission undertaken by the collective is a two-year ‘acoustic archaeology’ involving audio essays and sound installations which

[look] at how sound can influence our understanding of ancient – and contemporary – sites. The project, supported by the British Council, will manifest through an audio essay in 2015, building up to a multifaceted project at Art Dubai 2016.

Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley in collaboration, 'A Model Studio'. Photo by Jerry Balloch. Image courtesy the artists and Tashkeel.

Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley in collaboration, ‘A Model Studio’. Photo by Jerry Balloch. Image courtesy the artists and Tashkeel.

Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley in collaboration, 'A Model Studio'. Photo by Jerry Balloch. Image courtesy the artists and Tashkeel.

Chris Weaver and Fari Bradley in collaboration, ‘A Model Studio’. Photo by Jerry Balloch. Image courtesy the artists and Tashkeel.

Meanwhile, Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver, who have been artists-in-residence at Tashkeel for the past year, are also working with sound art. Weaver is a sound artist, performer and composer while Bradley is a sound artist, broadcaster and electronic musician. The duo present a new sound installation and performance at Art Dubai 2015 based on their research in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Six residencies

Now in its fourth year, the A.i.R Dubai residency programme features six artists who were invited to develop projects through a three-month residency. Selected via an Open Call, the artists work together in studios and take part in an expanded outreach programme, which includes talks, reading groups, screenings, publications and open studios. The artists are:

  • Khorfakkan-based artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim
  • Dubai-based photographer and writer Hind Mezaina
  • Pakistani artist, architect and researcher Sharmeen Syed
  • Brazilian-born multi-media artist Jessica Mein
  • Iranian-born, Amsterdam-based Mehraneh Atashi
  • Beirut-based artist Rheim Alkadhi
Mohammed Ibrahim, 'Mountain Rocks Wrapped with Copper Wire'. Image courtesy the artist and Cuadro Gallery, Dubai.

Mohammed Ibrahim, ‘Mountain Rocks Wrapped with Copper Wire’. Image courtesy the artist and Cuadro Gallery, Dubai.

Film and radio

Film programming includes “Moving Images”, a partnership between the Dubai International Film Festival, the Sharjah Art Foundation and Art Dubai. Also, as part of Marker: Latin America, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, Videobrasil has been invited to present curated programmes in the Art Dubai Cinema.

Cildo Meireles, 'Sal sem carne', 1975, vynil record 78 rpm, 30 x 30 cm. Image courtesy Pat Kilgore and Marker.

Cildo Meireles, ‘Sal sem carne’, 1975, vynil record 78 rpm, 30 x 30 cm. Image courtesy Pat Kilgore and Marker.

Meanwhile, sound art and sound projects once again take the stage in Art Dubai’s traditional week-long dedicated radio station. The programme this year is hosted by Campus Art Dubai Core’s class of 2014-2015 UAE-based artists, writers, researchers, curators and architects. According to the website, the radio programme

offers a glimpse of some of the many conversations that take place around its conception, through a variety of sound projects created by Art Dubai participants.

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