Abu Dhabi Art Fair returned with a rich programme including art installations and exhibitions as well as artist commissions that take place in different locations. Here are some of our selected highlights:
BEYOND: EMERGING ARTISTS
The curators of Beyond: Emerging Artists for this year are Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, co-founders of multidisciplinary curatorial platform Art Reoriented. This edition showcases new commissions by three very diverse artists each bringing a unique perspective to this year’s programme.
Christopher Benton’s has work was a definite highlight. It is centered around a palm tree as a metaphor for global trade, histories of slavery, issue of migration and global economy.
BEYOND: ARTIST COMMISSION
Each year, Abu Dhabi Art invites established and well-known artists to create site-specific works in historic sites in Al Ain and the wider Abu Dhabi emirate, to activate these sites and draw new audiences to them. The works created by the commissioned artists are revealed during Abu Dhabi Art and remain on show to the public for several months afterward.
Dwelling On The Past is a large-scale artwork that serves to demystify the active and intrinsic role that Bedouin women had in the preservation and survival of their tribe, specifically through traditions of Sadu weaving.
Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain
Ya Marhaba Al Saa’ portrays seven women, representing the seven Emirates, focusing on traditional craftsmanship inspired by traditional embroidery and attire. The title of the work is an Emirati greeting that represents customs, values and traditions.
Al Ain Oasis, Al Ain
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