Folio

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    Welcome to Folio

    01 December 2018Alserkal Avenue

    From the heart of Alserkal Avenue, located in Dubai's industrial district, we unpack and explore the MENASA arts and culture scene. Exploring the contemporary art galleries and creative concepts that call Alserkal Avenue their home, as well as the many partner organisations, artists and collectors we work with, we provide unique perspectives and insight.

  • Welcome to Folio
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    Understanding cultural hybridity

    23 July 2017Anna Seaman

    “You have an entire generation of people who are growing up thinking of themselves as not being tethered or anchored to one particular place and thinking of themselves as global in their citizenry.” - Anna Seaman talks to Dexter Wimberley about cultural hybridity and his show at The Third Line — "A Fast, Moving Sky".

  • Understanding cultural hybridity
  • MEDIAA PUNCHH!! by Chndy
  • Digital Commission

    MEDIAA PUNCHH!! by Chndy

    17 July 2017Chndy

    Folio Digital Commissions is a series of web-based artist projects that live on the Alserkal Avenue website. In this work, the artist Chndy expresses his view of the unending stream of information that is pushed to consumers.

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    The Power of Culture

    19 June 2017Alserkal Avenue

    A speaker on Expo 2020's sustainability panel held in April 2017, Majid Al Qassimi talks about sustainable initiatives and the powerful impact that cultural communities can have on shaping society.

  • The Power of Culture
  • Moving Mountains
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    Moving Mountains

    06 June 2017Reshma Mehra with Anna Wallace-Thompson

    For the 2017 Venice Biennale, Moataz Nasr has transformed the Egyptian Pavilion into a multi-sensory, immersive experience with his new video work, ‘The Mountain’. Folio talks to him about the experience of putting together one of his most ambitious projects to date, the importance of conquering fear, and what he hopes ‘The Mountain’ will achieve.

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    A contemporary take on the Archaic

    01 June 2017Alserkal Avenue

    The Iraq Pavilion exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale, named 'Archaic', speaks to the rich cultural heritage of Iraq, that has endured a tumultuous socio-political past. We had a chance to sit down with author Tamara Chalabi, who is also the curator for the Iraq Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale to get some insight into how each work complements the overarching message of the exhibition.

  • A contemporary take on the Archaic
  • Foodie 101
  • Daily Bread

    Foodie 101

    30 May 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Founder of HAPI, Paul Frangie, discloses all of his top tips about healthy living, and tells us about the process he went through in order to create a concept dedicated to eating clean and keeping it fresh.

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    Rock, Paper, Scissors

    21 May 2017Alserkal Avenue

    ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play’ is the theme of this year's National Pavilion UAE exhibition at the Venice Biennale. We spoke to the curator, Hammad Nasar and one of the artists, Vikram Divecha to find out what being on an international platform means for the development of UAE art and culture.

  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Music for the soul
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    Music for the soul

    21 May 2017Alserkal Avenue

    We sat down with Shadi Megallaa - music-lover, Dj and founder of The Flipside; one of the first vinyl stores to exist in the UAE. Having lived around the world, Shadi talks to us about experiences in his life that have made him who he is today, and gives us a taste of the music that makes him tick.

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    Alserkal Avenue announces annual internship position for a UAE-based student

    13 May 2017Alserkal Avenue

    On Friday, May 12, 2017, we hosted a breakfast at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, where we announced Abdelmonem Alserkal's and Alserkal Programming's support of an annual internship position for a UAE-based student or young professional over a six-year period. Thank you to everyone who could be part of this.

  • Alserkal Avenue announces annual internship position for a UAE-based student
  • Game On
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    Game On

    10 May 2017Anna Wallace-Thompson

    As Christine Macel’s quirky 2017 Venice Biennale comes to life, we talk to Hammad Nasar, the curator of the National Pavilion UAE about states of play in the Emirates, and how the pavilion fits under the wider umbrella of Macel’s invigorating theme: VIVA ARTE VIVA.

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    The Happy Studio

    08 May 2017George Anastasiades

    We sat down with the woman once dubbed by The National as “The Queen of Happiness" to find out what drove someone, who worked in social development for the government, towards taking the leap of faith and becoming the ambassador of happiness.

  • The Happy Studio
  • Reincarnations of Tutankhamun
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    Reincarnations of Tutankhamun

    04 May 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Known for their particular expertise in scanning and digital technologies, Factum Arte's work has ranged from the replication of Tutankhamun’s tomb to producing complex works for contemporary artists, such as Rachid Koraichi, Anish Kapoor and Marc Quinn. Listen to a talk given by Director of Factum Arte, Adam Lowe, that explores the ways in which new technologies are being used in both architectural conservation and contemporary art.

  • Reincarnations of Tutankhamun
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    EVERYTHING MUST GO

    04 May 2017The Third Line

    Artist Sophia Al-Maria presents to us a symbol of the apocalyptic act of consumption through her EVERYTHING MUST GO exhibition. Listen to her story, in a laid-back conversation with artist liaison, Sybel Vazquez - and get a comprehensive video tour of Sophia's pos-apocalyptic dystopia.

  • EVERYTHING MUST GO
  • The Boutique Design Space With Mass Appeal : Svenm
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    The Boutique Design Space With Mass Appeal : Svenm

    03 May 2017Sonia Brewin

    Who are SVENM and what are they about? In a bitesized interview, co-founder Sonia Brewin gives us insight into the growth of the boutique architectural and design firm, its current exhibition named 'Everyday Masterpieces: The Art of Buildings' and its involvement as part of the organising committee for the Architectural Biennale.

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    Syria: Into The Light

    03 May 2017Anna Wallace-Thompson

    The 'Syria: Into The Light' exhibition marked the inauguration of Concrete, a multipurpose space in the Avenue, and the first OMA-completed space in the UAE. As the evening of the 9th approached, the doors of Concrete opened for the first time and in flowed our community, art enthusiasts and press, exploring both the building and the outstanding Syrian artworks.

  • Syria: Into The Light
  • Art Week At Alserkal Avenue | 10-18 March 2017
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    Art Week At Alserkal Avenue | 10-18 March 2017

    03 May 2017Alserkal Avenue

    This year’s Art Week at Alserkal Avenue welcomed over 25,000 visitors from around the world and hosted 114 events, 27 exhibitions, 6 pop-up projects and 19 majlis talks.

  • Salvation
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    Salvation

    02 May 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Artist and sculptor Sara Rahbar sits down with Miriam Lloyd Evans, Curator at the British Museum, to discuss the false sense of patriotism, and current issues that were the inspiration for Rahbar's solo show 'Salvation' at Carbon 12.

  • Salvation
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    Dancing Girls

    01 May 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Curator for the National Pavillion UAE, Hammad Nasar and Artist Hind Mezaina discuss play in art and popular culture through the lens of her practice. Listen to the whole conversation recorded as a podcast, and watch her culturally significant video artwork that she refers to throughout the discussion.

  • Dancing Girls
  • Satellites by Hiba Ali
  • Digital Commission

    Satellites by Hiba Ali

    01 May 2017Hiba Ali

    Folio Digital Commission is a series of web-based artist commissions which live on the Alserkal Avenue website. Through GIF’s, Hiba Ali's 'Satellites' digital collage examines remote sensing through an artistic lens.

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    Write Injuries On Sand And Kindness In Marble

    01 May 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Hera Büyüktaşçıyan is a storyteller who processes extensive research on historical and cultural narrative scopes. Listen to the podcast as she speaks about her research on historic and iconographic elements of different geographies. Write Injuries On Sand And Kindness In Marble runs through till 6 May 2017 at Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue.

  • Write Injuries On Sand And Kindness In Marble
  • Ring of Fire
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    Ring of Fire

    30 April 2017Anna Wallace-Thompson

    Moroccan artist Mounir Fatmi’s work fearlessly tackles uncomfortable subjects. He probes our innermost fears, taking on religious dogmas, our culture of endless consumption, and the relentless, unavoidable habit of history repeating itself time and again.

  • Ring of Fire
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    UAE Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

    29 April 2017Alserkal Avenue

    The National Pavilion UAE has announced the artworks for the 2017 exhibition at the Venice Biennale, as well as commissions included in the accompanying publication and wider projects taking place with cultural institutions in the UAE and internationally.

  • UAE Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
  • Change Your Life
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    Change Your Life

    27 April 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Change Your Life critiques a fashionable practice of performative masculinity (i.e. working out) and places it as a contemporary motif of religiosity. Listen to the conversation between artist Raja'a Khalid and artist Lantian Xie as they explore the blurring between the potentially aesthetic, ascetic and athletic demands of contemporary life in the Gulf.

  • Change Your Life
  • Majlis Talk with Alia Ali
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    Majlis Talk with Alia Ali

    16 April 2017Alia Ali

    In this Majlis Talk, Alia Ali talks us through her journey towards creating “BORDERLAND”, a series of portraits that question the barriers which divide and unite us, all at once. In this conversation, Alia gives background on where the idea for this work came from, the subjects she worked with and the significance of fabric being used as a borderline between the anonymous “-clude" and the viewer.

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    Ways of Seeing

    11 April 2017Katrina Kufer

    Palestinian artist Samia Halaby's approach to painting reveals her precise complex process, astute peripheral sensibilities, and why abstraction is the only movement left unexploited.

  • Ways of Seeing
  • Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
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    Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

    10 April 2017Anna Wallace-Thompson

    One year on, Custot Gallery shows no signs of slowing down as founder Stephane Custot looks forward to the endless possibilities available in the gallery’s vast, Dubai-based space.

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    Art Dubai's New Vision

    04 April 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Uzma Rizvi caught up with Myrna Ayad, the new director at Art Dubai. During this in-depth discussion, Uzma finds out what drives Myrna's vision for Dubai's art scene, along with the fruition of new concepts, developments and events including the Art Dubai Modern Symposium.

  • Art Dubai's New Vision
  • The Tree of Life
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    The Tree of Life

    20 February 2017Anna Wallace-Thompson

    A visionary and globally recognised artist, Hassan Sharif will always be remembered for his progressive ideals within the art world. In reflection of his life, there is great respect for the manner in which he paved the way for arts and culture in the Middle East.

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    Hello by Walid Al Wawi

    20 February 2017Walid Al Wawi

    Folio Digital Commission is a series of web-based artist commissions which live on the Alserkal Avenue website. In its first year, Alserkal Programming will commission several artists to create new works. This concept developed from a desire to work with and support, a new generation of artists who harness the language of social media and the Internet to explore the shifting nature of a post-Internet existence.

  • Hello by Walid Al Wawi
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    Kickin’ It In The Kingdom

    13 February 2017Anna Wallace-Thompson

    As it celebrates its fourth edition, 21,39 Jeddah Arts hits its stride, fostering cultural appreciation amongst local audiences, showcasing Saudi Arabian art to the world, and, most importantly, placing the artist firmly at the centre of it all.

  • Kickin’ It In The Kingdom
  • The Anthropocene
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    The Anthropocene

    12 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    This exhibition brings together several photographic series that Richard Allenby-Pratt has created during his 16 years’ exploration of the UAE. Listen in as he talks more about the theory behind his works.

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    The Life of an Artist

    09 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Is artistic skill enough to make an artist successful? Dubai-based artist eL Seed talks about becoming 'successful'; the courage to be outspoken; finding the inspiration to create new series of works and the sacrifices, choices and challenges that he has faced as an artist.

  • The Life of an Artist
  • A Feeling in Perspective
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    A Feeling in Perspective

    08 February 2017Reshma Mehra

    We sit down with artist Raed Yassin, to hear about the roots of inspiration for his 'A Feeling in Perspective' exhibition at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde.

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    What Lies Behind the Giant Cactus

    03 February 2017Reshma Mehra

    Patrick and Kenza Jarjour's inspired culinary concept, INKED, offers a chance to bring your imagination to life.

  • What Lies Behind the Giant Cactus
  • Understanding 'Different Air'
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    Understanding 'Different Air'

    02 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Karim Sultan speaks to Tairone Bastien about the meaning and inspiration behind the first iteration of 'Different Air', a performance work commissioned by Alserkal Programming. Have a watch, and understand the truths that lie beneath the intriguing concept of playing live music in a chamber decreasing in oxygen.

  • Understanding 'Different Air'
  • A Designer's Dream
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    A Designer's Dream

    01 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Watch this inspiring video created during Assembly, a celebration of design and making that was held in Alserkal Avenue from 23 - 29 October 2016. The week of exhibitions and programmes put the spotlight on the designers and makers behind the best in design from all over the world. Get a quick insight into some of the truly ingenious works displayed over the course of the week and meet the individuals involved in the making of Assembly.

  • Wheels of Wonder
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    Wheels of Wonder

    01 February 2017George Anastasiades

    Mazin Alkhatib’s passion project, Nostalgia Classic Cars throws light on the beauty of vintage automobiles. For some, cars are just a mechanical structure that take you from point A to point B, but Mazin sheds light on the beauty of these vehicles and how they are much more than just a means of transport.

  • Wheels of Wonder
  • 'Different Air'
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    'Different Air'

    01 February 2017Alserkal Avenue

    Watch the first iteration of 'Different Air' by Karim Sultan, performed in an oxygen controlled chamber. Commissioned by Alserkal Programming.

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    Drama on the Avenue

    07 January 2017Rahel Aima

    Just over a year old, The Junction has already become a dramatic reflection of Dubai’s multicultural scene. Despite drawbacks, Founder of the Junction - Gautam Goenka, has managed to break through all adversities and plant the seeds of growth for the drama scene in Dubai.

  • Drama on the Avenue
  • Here Be Monsters
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    Here Be Monsters

    28 December 2016Rahel Aima

    Mirzam takes you on a chocolate-infused journey, from plantation to bean to bar. It’s hard not to think of Willy Wonka when you step into Mirzam, Dubai’s first artisanal chocolate factory. Instead of technicolour psychedelia and an army of orange oompa-loompas, however, you’ll find a sleekly industrial affair, all poured concrete, wireframe chairs and massive steel machines behind glass vitrines that allow you to see every step of the chocolate-making process.

  • Here Be Monsters
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    The New Non-Profit

    15 December 2016Anna Wallace-Thompson

    The Jean-Paul Najar Foundation is a private museum that champions what founder Deborah Najar describes as “entrepreneurial philanthropy”, an approach where bigger does not necessarily mean better, and the focus is on programming and a tight curatorial vision.

  • The New Non-Profit