Artistic Trip 2/2: Three Words Combined into One Craze… Dubai Art Week!

The trip was not over in Dubai Art Week, I tried to see as much as I can and be involved in many activities happening around the city and one of the most exciting adventure was to visit Tashkeel, which is located in an area between Dubai and Al Ain, to see “Turning Points” exhibition. At Alserkal Avenue, Isabelle Van Den Eynde hosted a tremendous extravaganza exhibition by three pioneer Iranian artists: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian that many friends in Dubai recommended I see it. There was also ZHIVAGO DUNCAN: AS THE JUNGLE WEEPS opening at JAMM in Al Qouz where I got the chance to meet Ramin Salsali and see once again the Beirut Art Fair masterminds: Odille Pascal and Laure Laure d’Hauteville who gave Al Mahha Art exclusive quick and spontaneous interview about their Singapore Art next November!

Back to Art Dubai where I couldn’t miss attending Global Form, meeting the two geniuses behind The Energy Charger and the most priceless things was the chance to sit, talk, discuss & listen to artists, curators & writers from around the world who share the same concerns and ambitions for Middle East art scene… If you missed my review on Art Dubai, click here.

Day 3: Finding Tashkeel Adventure!

Date: March 20, 2014

Time: 12 – 3 PM

Take the risk of driving and getting lost seeking for a hidden treasure! Read my review on Turning Points Exhibition here.

 

Arriving at Tashkeel and my love at first sight is the Telephone booth which actually works! Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Arriving at Tashkeel and my love at first sight is the Telephone booth which actually works! Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

Part of "Turning Points" Exhibition at Tashkeel. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Part of “Turning Points” Exhibition at Tashkeel. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

Day 3: A Night at Al Qouz Art Scene

Date: March 20, 2014

Time: 5 – 9 PM

Alserkal Avenue provides a platform for dialogue among different cultures, bringing the community together and fostering creativity through a platform of collaboration. 

 

Graffiti in Alserkal Avenue. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
Graffiti in Alserkal Avenue. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art

 

“The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine” at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde was a bold, provocative and mesmerizingly disturbing art show… I will write a full review about it soon so stayed tuned! 

 

From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
From The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine Exhibition at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art

 

Omi Kam Ahwaha, Singing Pony, Wadi Rum, Gunshots & Beautiful People at JAMM

ZHIVAGO DUNCAN: AS THE JUNGLE WEEPS. Courtesy to JAMM
ZHIVAGO DUNCAN: AS THE JUNGLE WEEPS. Courtesy to JAMM
ZHIVAGO DUNCAN: AS THE JUNGLE WEEPS. Courtesy to JAMM
ZHIVAGO DUNCAN: AS THE JUNGLE WEEPS. Courtesy to JAMM
More than love! Everyone gathered for a group photo to Al Mahha Art after the opening of ZHIVAGO DUNCAN
More than love! Everyone gathered for a group photo to Al Mahha Art after the opening of ZHIVAGO DUNCAN

 Day 4: Global Art Forum | Art Dubai Projects

Date: March 21, 2014

Time: from 2 – 7 PM

“The Global Art Forum is a unique event with an amazing constellation of topics and projects devised by artists, intellectuals and regional experts.” Global Art Forum Co-Director Ala Younis 

 

Global Art Forum 8. Courtesy to: Art Dubai 2014
Global Art Forum 8. Courtesy to: Art Dubai 2014
Farah Al-Nakib, Kristine Khouri and Ala Younis at Global Art Forum 8. Courtesy to: Art Dubai 2014
Farah Al-Nakib, Kristine Khouri and Ala Younis at Global Art Forum 8. Courtesy to: Art Dubai 2014

 

“Art Dubai Projects produces a dynamic mix of works, installations, performances, and draws on content as diverse as that of the fair,” says Antonia Carver, Fair Director.

 

My favorite Art Dubai Project 2014 was an installation by Emirati artist Sarah Al Haddad… A huge orange net spread from the top to ground of stairs linking between Madinat Jumeirah and Mina Al Salam Hotel. 

 

Sara Al Haddad "Therefore, Thereafter" Part of Art Dubai Projects 2014. Courtesy : Getty Images Art Dubai 2014
Sara Al Haddad “Therefore, Thereafter” Part of Art Dubai Projects 2014. Courtesy : Getty Images Art Dubai 2014

 

Day 5: Street Charger Middle East

Date: March 22, 2014

Time: 4 – 6

“We are truly fortunate to have ample sun in this part of the world and tapping into this solar energy potential on an everyday accessible level is fast becoming a need and a requirement.” Mujahid Salman, Founder and CEO of 174 Solar.

So here is a story, my friend artist Shereen Audi was sitting next to me when her mobile battery started dying! Usual right?! We were sitting at the terrace area in Madinat Jumeirah – where Art Dubai was held – I told her “I have a charger but you need to find a place to charge”

“We don’t have to” She said  “There is energy polar chargers!” and I was stunned!

Two geniuses as I said, Mujahid & Ahmed Salman brought the first solar public charging station in the Middle East at Art Dubai. Spearheaded by 174 Solar, a Dubai-based company focusing on sustainable-centric initiatives, and in collaboration with Goumbook, a leading green-information online platform, Street Charge Middle East aims to bring accessible solar power to urban communities. Merging the latest in solar technology and modern product design, the drop-in solution stations provided all attendees an easy way to harness the sunʼs energy and charge their mobile devices. Coinciding and resonating with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoumʼs latest Smart City initiatives aiming to improve overall quality of life in Dubai, Street Charge naturally supports the governmentʼs strategic projects, ahead of Expo 2020 and beyond. (source: Art Dubai)

For more information on this outstanding project, click here.

STREET CHARGE in Middle East. Courtesy to StreetChargerME
STREET CHARGE in Middle East. Courtesy to StreetChargerME

 

Final Destination: #AlMahhaArtFriends !

Location: Art Dubai

Smile Wider for Al Mahha Art!

 

The amazing masterminds behind Arabian Wings: Mohammed Bahrawi & Najlaa Felemban posing with Hamad Al Saab, Aziz Daoud & Khalid Bin Afif for Al Mahha Art
The amazing masterminds behind Arabian Wings: Mohammed Bahrawi & Najlaa Felemban posing with Hamad Al Saab, Aziz Daoud & Khalid Bin Afif for Al Mahha Art
One of most influencing and supporting patrons in Middle East Omar Hunidi and one of Lebanon's pioneer architects and favorite artist Nadim Karam posing for Al Mahha Art
One of most influencing and supporting patrons in Middle East Amer Huneidi and one of Lebanon’s pioneer architects and favorite artist Nadim Karam posing for Al Mahha Art

 

Odille Pascal and Director at Sabrina Amrani Art Gallery herself Sabrina Amrani. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Odille Pascal and Director at Sabrina Amrani Art Gallery herself Sabrina Amrani. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Promising artist Aziz Daoud, Jordanian artist Shereen Audi and No.1 Pop Artist in Kuwait Hamad Alsaab sharing a big smile to Al Mahha Art
Promising artist Aziz Daoud, Jordanian artist Shereen Audi and No.1 Pop Artist in Kuwait Hamad Alsaab sharing a big smile to Al Mahha Art
The lady who runs the world with her smile! Gallery & Project Manager at Art Basel ‎Angelle Siyang-Le. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
The lady who runs the world with her smile! Gallery & Project Manager at Art Basel ‎Angelle Siyang-Le. Courtesy: Al Mahha Art
Artist Louma Rabbah and Albareh Art Gallery Founder Hayfa Aljishi at Art Modern. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Artist Louma Rabbah and Albareh Art Gallery Founder Hayfa Aljishi at Art Modern. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Great energy spreader Afra Bin Dhaher and promising Emirati artist Sara Al Haddad. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Great energy spreader Afra Bin Dhaher and promising Emirati artist Sara Al Haddad. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
One of my favorite saudi promising artists Ibrahim Abumsmar and Nasser Al Salem. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
One of my favorite saudi promising artists Ibrahim Abumsmar and Nasser Al Salem. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Ramin Salsali, Lulu Al Sabah and ZHIVAGO DUNCAN. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Ramin Salsali, Lulu Al Sabah and ZHIVAGO DUNCAN. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Artist Ibi Ibrahim & Al Mahha Art Founder, Mashaael Basheer posing next to Hayv Kahraman artwork
Artist Ibi Ibrahim & Al Mahha Art Founder, Mashaael Basheer posing next to Hayv Kahraman artwork
The amazing Ahmed and Mujahid Salman with artist Tasleem Mulhall
The amazing Ahmed and Mujahid Salman with artist Tasleem Mulhall

 

Founder of Ayyam Gallery Khaled Samawi, Al Mahha Art Founder Mashaael Basheer and Saudi artist Rashed Alshashai
Founder of Ayyam Gallery Khaled Samawi, Al Mahha Art Founder Mashaael Basheer and Saudi artist Rashed Alshashai
Artists talks and discussions!
Artists talks and discussions!
Caught Artist Fatima Lootah in Art Dubai! Lucky me because at that time she was preparing for her solo exhibition in Fujerah. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Caught Artist Fatma Lootah in Art Dubai! Lucky me because at that time she was preparing for her solo exhibition in Fujerah. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

See you next year Art Dubai! Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
See you next year Art Dubai! Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

Cheers

 

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