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.
The Alserkal Avenue galleries put together incredible exhibitions for Art Week, featuring artists from the region and beyond. One of many highlights included the Leila Heller Gallery showcasing the works of leading contemporary Pakistani artist, Rashid Rana. The exhibition, which was part of Rana’s ‘Transliteration Series’, was opened with a conversation between Rana and Glenn Lowry, Director, MOMA – where Rana referred to the significance of combing the classic with the modern through means of digital art practice.
Hera Büyüktaşçıyan’s ‘Write injuries on sand and kindness in marble’ at the Green Art Gallery reflected on the industrial area of Al Quoz and memories in relation to aquamorphology, while Alserkal Programming commissioned artist Farah Al Qasimi depicted the invisible labour of women in ‘It’s Not Easy Being Seen’, displaying her video installation in front of Nadi Al Quoz. Other commissions included ‘Different Air’ by Karim Sultan, ‘Change Your Life’ by Raja’a Khalid and ‘Plaza Cinema’ by Ammar Al Attar.
The public were invited to attend the daily majlis talks from curators, artists, photographers and architects . Hamad Nassar, Curator, UAE Pavilion, discussed the UAE’s involvement in the upcoming Venice Biennale, and the artists whose work will be shown. Artist Hind Mezaina took a closer look at her most recent works, a video surrounding cultural Emirati dancing.
Concrete, the first OMA-completed project in the UAE, was inaugurated with Rem Koolhaas - Pritzker Prize Laureate and founder of OMA - in attendance, along with over 100 international and regional journalists. Concrete opened with Syria: Into the Light, an exhibition of work from the Atassi Foundation's collection. Koolhaas also delivered a public lecture in The Yard, titled Current Preoccupations, which drew over 600 people, to end the week.
During Art Week, we also held the third day of the inaugural Art Dubai Modern Symposium at Concrete, and welcomed newly-opened Project Space Art Jameel, Techarc, Nostalgia Classic Cars and The Good Life into our community, along with the soft launch of The Happy Studio.