Alserkal Residency is a not-for-profit initiative, founded by Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal and the Alserkal family, created to give cultural practitioners an opportunity to explore and experiment with their practice, within the community of Dubai. The aim of the Alserkal Residency is to provide much-needed infrastructure and support for cultural practitioners engaged with the region by providing them with a space where they can seek inspiration and stretch creative boundaries.
To support artists and cultural producers in their process of exploration, experimentation and growth, and, in doing so, foster an interdisciplinary and interconnected community of creatives active in research on, and dialogue with, the region.
Alserkal Residency is open to emerging and mid-career artists with an emphasis on socially engaged and research-based practices, as well as curators, writers and researchers working in any related discipline. In keeping with an artist-centric ethos, the Residency’s primary focus is on the exploration of ideas, and the growth of the artist. While there is no production expectation, residents are required to take part and contribute to a public programme for the UAE community. We encourage application proposals that reflect, in a broad sense, an interest and engagement with the regional context.
The Residency hosts three cycles – Spring, Summer and Fall – that can accommodate up to six residents each. The Residency’s home is a 6,000 square foot warehouse space located in the heart of Alserkal Avenue, which was designed by the UAE-based architectural collective a hypothetical office.
Amanda Abi Khalil
An independent curator currently based in Beirut, Amanda has focused her curatorial projects on socially engaged practices and exhibitions that critically address modes of production and exhibition in the art world today. She is the founder of Temporary Art Platform, a curatorial platform that aims to shift artistic and curatorial discourse towards social and contextual concerns in Lebanon through residencies, research projects and commissions. Abi Khalil lectures in curating and sociology of arts at the American University of Beirut (AUB) the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) and the Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut.
Diana Campbell Betancourt
As Artistic Director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, Diana Campbell Betancourt has developed the Dhaka Art Summit to be the world’s leading research and exhibitions platform for art from South Asia, bringing together artists, architects, curators, and writers from across South Asia through a largely commission based model where new work and exhibitions are born in Bangladesh.
In addition to her exhibitions making practice, Betancourt also is responsible for developing the Samdani Art Foundation collection. She has consulted the New Museum and MCA Chicago and many other leading institutions on their inclusion of South Asia in their exhibitions programs and has presented her research as part of MoMA’s C-MAP initiative. She is a nominee for the 2016 Independent Curators International Independent Vision Curatorial Award and a part of MoMA’s 2016 International Curatorial Institute.
Since 2012, Luigi Fassi has been visual arts curator at the steirischer herbst festival in Graz, Austria. He has curated exhibitions for different institutions internationally, including Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland; Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden; Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy; GAM-Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy; Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland; ISCP, New York, US; Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic. A Helena Rubinstein Curatorial
Fellow at the Whitney Museum ISP in New York in 2008, he was director of the ar/ge kunst Kunstverein in Bolzano (2009–12). He is a contributor to Mousse Magazine and Camera Austria and has been commissioned different texts for catalogues and books for Alfredo Jaar, Danh Vo, Roman Ondak, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, Diango Hernandéz, and others. In 2016 he has been a fellow of the Artis Research Trip Program in Tel Aviv and curator of the XVI Quadriennale in Rome, Italy. In 2017 he is a nominator to the Prince Claus Award in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Uzma Z. Rizvi is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY, and Visiting Researcher in the Department of International Studies at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. Rizvi has been a lead tutor (w/ Murtaza Vali) of Art Dubai’s seminar program, Campus Art Dubai (CAD) since 2014 and directed (w/ Amal Khalaf) Art Dubai’s 2016 Global Art Forum (GAF), The Future Was. Her writing can be found in The New Inquiry and LEAP. Recent academic publications include ‘Decolonization as Care’ (2016); ‘Crafting Resonance: Empathy and Belonging in Ancient Rajasthan’ (2015); ‘Decolonizing Archaeology: On the Global Heritage of Epistemic Laziness,’ (2015); and The World Archaeological Congress Research Handbook on Postcolonial Archaeology (2010).
Vassilis Oikonomopoulos is Assistant Curator, Collections International Art at Tate Modern, London. He is responsible for acquisitions, working closely with Tate’s Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee. Vassilis has organised the Hyundai Commission Anywhen with French artist Philippe Parreno at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Previously he has co-curated the exhibition Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture. He is currently working on the retrospective exhibition of Fahrelnissa Zeid, which is set to open at Tate Modern in June 2017. His work appears in journals, books and online publications regularly.
Aquamarina holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Classics from the University of Kent and an M.A. in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art London, where she specialised in Contemporary Middle Eastern Art. Her knowledge of the MENASA region’s artistic landscape further developed while she was Associate Director at Green Art Gallery, Dubai. Prior to her return to the UAE, Aquamarina was Artist Liaison at Carroll/Fletcher Gallery in London. Presently, Aquamarina is spearheading the development of Alserkal Residency alongside managing a prolific year-round homegrown programme.
Spring and Fall cycles: Solicited proposals
For the Spring and Fall cycles, the Residency Director and the bi-annual, rotating Selection Committee will nominate artists and cultural producers to apply. The Selection Committee consists of leading international scholars, curators and writers.
1 February – 1 April
Applications via solicited proposal
1 October – 1 December
Applications via solicited proposal
Summer cycle: Open call
The Summer cycle is open only to GCC-based emerging and mid-career artists, curators, researchers and writers. The open call is available each year between 1 January – 1 March. The application specifications will be available on our website closer to the date.
1 May – 1 August
Open to GCC-based cultural producers
Applications via open call
Round-trip transportation, accommodation, monthly stipend:
Flights and accommodation costs are covered by the Residency. Residents will also receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.
While production is not a necessary end-result, each resident will have access to a stipend which can be used towards the development of their practice.
The development and delivery of a public programme is an important requirement for all residency participants. To facilitate and encourage this process, residents will be given a stipend to be used towards the production of their own programme.