Majlis Talks | Art Week at Alserkal Avenue


The Majlis Talks series presents panels with artists and curators from the region and beyond.


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Talk | Johan Creten in conversation with Rebecca Anne Proctor
Time | 3.30-4PM

Johan Creten discusses his practice with Harper’s Bazaar Art and Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Arabia editor-in-chief Rebecca Anne Proctor. Presented by Leila Heller Gallery

Location | Majlis, The Yard


Talk | Soraya Sharghi in conversation with Nadine Khalil
Time | 4.15-4.45PM

Iranian artist Soraya Sharghi in conversation with Nadine Khalil, deputy editor of Canvas. Presented by Leila Heller Gallery

Location | Majlis, The Yard

Talk & Book Launch | Jitish Kallat
Time | 5-6PM

Nada Raza, artistic director of Ishara Art Foundation, in conversation with artist Jitish Kallat, writer, editor and cultural critic Shumon Basar, and Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou deputy director Catherine David

Location| Majlis, The Yard



Talk | Collecting in the digital age
Time | 3.45-4.15PM

How can we harness advancements in the digital space to expand the art market and connect supply and demand across the world? Gallerist William Lawrie and collector Vincent Larnicol in conversation with Imogen Prus. Presented by Artsy

Location | A4 Space


Talk | The South African art scene
Time | 4.30-5PM

Laura Vincenti, Director of Investec Cape Town Art Fair sheds light on the contemporary art scene in South Africa

Location | A4 Space



Talk | The Spark is You
Time | 11AM

Ziba Ardalan, founder of Parasol unit, London, will introduce the upcoming exhibition The Spark is You, which will open simultaneously in Venice and in London in May 2019

Location | Majlis, The Yard

Talk | Meta moments in the evolution of the art fair and biennial
Time | 3-3.30PM

This panel discussion will address how the role of biennials and art fairs have evolved and become porous. Where the biennial feeds the art market behind the scenes, the art fair looks to curatorial programming to legitimate itself as an artistic platform. Organized by Walter Willems for Zayed University Urban Satellite Space (ZUUSS) in partnership with Alserkal Avenue.
Moderator: Nadine Khalil, Deputy Editor of Canvas Magazine
Paco Barragán, Arts Writer and Curator
Umer Butt, Co-director of Grey Noise
Dyala Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art

Location | Majlis, The Yard


Talk | Moataz Nasr
Time | 3.45-4.15PM

Artist talk with Moataz Nasr on his current body of work

Location | Majlis, The Yard




Talk | Art is a language and is the origin of all languages

Time | 11AM 

Curator Enas Elkhorashy, Mohammed Kazim expert in archeological studies of the UAE and Cofounder of Tamashee and International artist Antonio Signorini. The talk is moderated by Rebecca Anne Proctor, Editor-in-Chief Harper's Bazaar Art and Harper's Bazaar Interiors.

Location | Majlis, The Yard


Talk & Book Launch | The Use of Materiality in Design
Time | 4.30-5.15PM

Ceramicist Michael Rice, industrial designer Ivan Parati, and lighting designer Nader Gammas survey the use of materiality in design. The talk is followed by the launch of the book GEO - Earth and its Materiality

Location | Majlis, The Yard