week of February 14, 2015

Dubai art goes grassroots

Camilla Greene
Art Dubai

Dubai’s art scene, primarily associated with high prices and commercial galleries, is being given a grassroots boost in the name of Sheikh Zayed. U.A.E. Unlimited Artistic Exploration is a non-commercial platform providing exposure and mentoring to conceptual art talent from the GCC. Their inaugural March show, A Public Privacy, features never-before-seen works by Kuwaiti Monira Al Qadiri, India/UAE-based Vikram Divecha and four Emirati artists. Curated by Cristiana de Marchi and Mohammed Kazem, whose bold installation Walking on Water represented the UAE at the 2013 Venice Biennale, the show is about "officiality and the creative exploration of that", de Marchi said. Monira Al Qadiri's contribution to the platform probes her fascination with masculinity, developed as a child during the First Gulf War, when many of the men around her became soldiers, seemingly overnight. She applauds the diversification this platform represents for Dubai's glitzy art scene: “People need to start looking at art non-commercially.”

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