Road Trip to Abu Dhabi - 16 November

Alserkal Programming invites you on a monthly series of road trips to visit exhibitions, talks, performances and film screenings by galleries, arts institutions, and cultural initiatives around the country.

The next trip takes place on 16 November and will take you to Abu Dhabi to the Abu Dhabi Art Fair, NYUAD Art Gallery, and Warehouse 421.

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Road Trips are open to everyone and free of charge. However, spaces are limited to 60 people and reservations are on a first-come-first-serve basis.


12:00PM | Departure from Nadi Al Quoz in Alserkal Avenue

2:00PM | Guided tour of Ways of Seeing exhibition at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery

3:30PM | Guided tour of Abu Dhabi Art Fair 

6:00PM | Tour of Warehouse421 exhibitions

8:00PM | Arrive back at Alserkal Avenue 


NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, the University’s academic museum-gallery, is currently hosting Ways of Seeing in the main gallery space. Open until January 5, 2019, 'Ways of Seeing' is curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Founders of the multi-disciplinary curatorial platform Art Reoriented, Chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, and Affiliate Curators at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The exhibition brings together 26 artists and artist collectives through 41 works spanning a variety of media from painting, sculpture and photography to sound, film and installation. It first opened at ARTER – Space for Art in Istanbul and was later adapted for the Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain in Brussels. The third iteration of Ways of Seeing premieres in Abu Dhabi and has again been adapted to include new works, by artists such as Andreas Gursky, Mona Hatoum, Lateefa bint Maktoum, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Hassan Sharif, Cindy Sherman, and Thomas Struth, among others.

'Ways of Seeing' calls for a return towards a vision of the artist as a maker of things, a skilled technician, who, through their understanding and handling of the formal properties of the creative process, relentlessly remind us that the connection between what we see and what we think we know is never that simple, and that seeing is, at its core, a political act. 
Artists include Ghada Amer, Frédéric Borgella, James Casebere, David Claerbout, Salvador Dali, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Andreas Gursky, Mona Hatoum, Paul and Marlene Kos, Alicja Kwade, Lateefa bint Maktoum, Gustav Metzger, Shana Moulton, Vik Muniz, Grayson Perry, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Fred Sandback, Markus Schinwald, Hassan Sharif, Cindy Sherman, Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger, John Speed, Thomas Struth, Kim Tschang-Yeul, James Turrell, and James Webb.

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Abu Dhabi Art celebrates its 10th edition this year and features 43 exhibiting regional and international galleries. Art historians Salwa Mikdadi and Nada Shabout curate the fair’s talks programme under the theme Global Circulation of Art and The New Markets, the Emirati artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim curates Beyond: Emerging Artists, and Hammad Nasar, the curator of last year’s Venice Biennale show, presents Gateway a non-commercial exhibition under the theme Structures of Meaning | Architectures of Perception. Tarek Abou El Fetouh returns to curate Durub Al Tawaya VI: Technology, while Omar Kholeif presents Focus: Icons.

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100/100 Hundred Best Arabic Posters
100/100 Hundred Best Arabic Posters gathers the winning entries from a biennial competition that celebrates the work of talented graphic designers from across the Arab world. Every two years, the best entries are selected by a panel of experts and are rewarded with inclusion in a traveling exhibition. Participating Emirati artists include Alia and Maitha Demithan, Aisha Al Muhairi, and Mobius Design Studio. 

A photography exhibition by New York University Abu Dhabi Professor Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Odysseus explores the boundaries between landscape photography, self-portraiture and performance art. Through his latest series, Al-Ghoussein carries out a comprehensive artistic study of the islands off the coasts of Abu Dhabi, documenting and interacting with found natural habitats and built environments. 

Durub Al Tawaya
Warehouse421 partners with Abu Dhabi Art in this year’s Durub Al Tawaya, an annual performing arts programme that extends over three months across various venues throughout the city.

Warehouse421 will be screening Diver, an immersive video installation by Monira Al Qadiri commissioned for the Durub Al Tawaya VI programme in collaboration with Warehouse421 and Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Australia). The piece addresses the disconnect between the realities and the romanticized modern-day view of pearl diving in the Arabian Gulf, highlighting the massive transformations that occurred following the discovery of oil.

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