(A.i.R) Announces Artists & Curator for 2013 Programme

Artists-inResidence (A.i.R) Dubai has annonced selected artists and curator for its residency programme 2013 by Art Dubai, Delfina Foundation, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and Tashkeel. A.i.R Dubai 2013 will feature six artists from across the Middle East and Asia: Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Ammar Al Attar, Dina Danish, Reem Falaknaz, Joe Namy and Yudi Noor, who will work alongside acclaimed curator Bérénice Saliou.

The artists and curator will be in residence and working from studios in Dubai from January 7 to March 31; their stay culminates in an Open Studios exhibition, held parallel to SIKKA Art Fair (March 14-24, 2013). Additionally the international artists are commissioned to create site-specific works for Art Dubai Projects, which form part of the fair’s extensive noncommercial programming. The projects will be exhibited at Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah, March 20-23, 2013.


‘Useless Machines’ Nasir Nasrallah (A.i.R Dubai resident artist 2012), Installation View, Dubai 2012


Now Let’s Talk About the Artists!

Multidisciplinary Emirati artist, curator and writer Ebtisam Abdulaziz incorporates her unique perspective on mathematics and the structures of systems to explore issues of identity and culture through installations, performance pieces and works on paper. Selected exhibitions include ‘Belief’, Singapore Biennial (2006); and Sharjah Biennial 7 (2005) and 10 (2011). She is represented by The Third Line Gallery.

Born in Dubai, Ammar Al Attar has attended numerous photography courses and is a member of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), Photographic Society of America (PSA), and the Abu Dhabi International Photographic Society (ADIPS). Ammar’s group exhibitions include ‘Emirati Expressions’, Manarat Al Saadiyat (2011) and the Thessaloniki Museum, Greece (2011).

Egyptian artist Dina Danish’s work combines conceptual art’s preoccupation with language and structure with an interest in humour, misunderstanding, mistranslation and superstition. Winner of the Illy Present Future award at Artissima 18, Danish’s recent exhibitions include solo shows ‘Re-Play: Back in 10 Minutes’, SpazioA, Pistoia (2012); ‘A Matter of Time’, Galerie Barbara Seiler, Zurich (2011); and group exhibitions at Kunsthall Oslo and CIC in Cairo.

Visual Communications graduate Reem Falaknaz currently works for the Dubai Media Incorporated group, allowing her to travel around the Emirates, where she collects and documents narratives from the city’s inhabitants. Through her work, Falaknaz aims to translate the story of the city through sounds and visuals.

Joe Namy works with sampled sounds, documentary/music videos and photography, to investigate aspects of identity, memory, power and currents encoded in music. He participated in Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace (2011-12), and has studied jazz, Arabic and heavy-metal drumming. His work has been exhibited at the Detroit Science Center; Queens Museum and Brooklyn Museum, New York; and Beirut Art Center, among other venues.

Yudi Noor was born in West Java, Indonesia, and lives and works in Berlin.  In a practice based on accumulation and observation, Noor explores the relational state of material as an abstract visualization, working in sculpture, installation, photo and collage. Selected exhibitions include ‘Preloaded Key; Color’, Galerie Stadtpark, Krems (2010) and ‘We Have Time’, Kunstverein Arnsberg (2009). Noor is represented by Nettie Horn, London.

Selected curator Bérénice Saliou’s to explores the ideas of borders, territory, public space, dialogue and negotiation. She holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College (2010); her exhibitions include ‘No Signal Found’ (Younes Baba Ali), Gallery Arte Contemporanea, Brussels (2011) and ‘Duty Free’ (Katia Kameli), Vidéochroniques, Marseille (2012). As Artistic Director of the Moroccan organisation Feddan, she develops its large-scale permanent residency and exhibition project Trankat Street, Tétouan (2013).


Prayer on a Wheel, Zeinab Al Hashimi (A.i.R Dubai resident artist 2012), Installation View, Dubai 2012


A.i.R Dubai was launched in 2012 opening the door for six upcoming artists and a curator interested in developing their practice and creating new work in Dubai. A.i.R Dubai supports artists by providing a platform to develop their practice and create new work, while facilitating exchange between the artists, the local communities, and the broader cultural landscape. Furthermore, the curator-in-residence position gives an international practitioner interested in the Gulf the opportunity to write, research, and cultivate ideas for future projects that engage with the regional artistic sphere. The programme also aims to nurture and encourage intercultural dialogue through contemporary art.


Good luck for the artists and curator and we will keep an anticipating eye on what will achieve!


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