All around the world, museums and galleries have closed “until further notice” because of coronavirus. And Art Dubai—the Middle East’s biggest art fair—is no exception.
Due to open its doors to thousands of visitors on March 25, Art Dubai initially announced that the fair would be postponed, but eventually it was decided that if the fair couldn’t go ahead IRL, it would move online instead.
This year will mark the first time that Art Dubai will be held entirely online. From the comfort of your own home, you’ll be able to view over 500 of the region’s greatest artworks as well as watch a series of live performances and talks entitled the “Newshour Special.”
Participating regional galleries include Dubai’s The Third Line, Carbon 12 and Ayyam Gallery, Jeddah’s Athr Gallery and Hafez Gallery, Ramallah’s Zawyeh Gallery, Marrakech’s Dar D’art and Amman’s Wadi Finan Gallery to name just a few. Performances and talks include MILLE favourites Farah Al Qasimi and Lawrence Abu Hamdan.
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TODAY: As normal life is paused in much of the world and the immediate future is canceled, our shared present feels strange and precarious. Join us at 18:00 UAE / 14:00GMT for Global Art Forum's "Newshour Special", a live broadcast dedicated to the stories and narratives shaping the current coronavirus fallout. Hosted by Global Art Forum’s Commissioner, Shumon Basar, this Newshour Special will include conversations with Dubai based guests @lawrenceabuhamdan, @brmcgetrick, and @ragudipudi; and international conversations with artists @sden023 and @jennasutela, curator @marinafokidis, Futurist in Chief @dubaifuture Dr. @noah_raford; plus new video content from artists Ana Maria Nicolaescu and @nablayahya. Plus, Music for Homes will be debuted by Farah Al Qasimi. Tune in to our Website or Facebook page to watch the talks live stream (link in bio). #GlobalArtForum #ArtDubai #Dubai #Newshourspecial #Coronavirus #Fallout #Livebroadcast #UAE #AD2020 @shumonbasar @motf_ae @art_jameel @dubaifuture @jameelartscentre @anamnic @farah.q_96
Curated by Marina Fokidis and conceptualised a year ago, the performance programme is somewhat ironically centred on the idea of healing as an act of togetherness and art.
As the world currently faces one of its most important modern global crises, succumbing to fear and anxiety in the face of uncertainty is easy. So if you’re wondering how to survive this, Art Dubai could be what you need right now.
With performances by visual artists like Bahar Noorizadeh and Tiago Sant’ana, Art Dubai is a reminder that art can help us imagine and build a better world.
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