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DUCTAC Launches Fourth Annual MinD Exhibition, Exploring The Role Of The Body In Middle Eastern Art

Exhibition to feature work by acclaimed Emirati artists Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem and Ebtisam Abdulaziz

Curated by Italian artist and writer Cristiana de Marchi

Now in its fourth year, MinD (Made in Dubai) is DUCTAC’s annual alternative art platform, launched in March 2010, which features work by local artists using contemporary media and conceptual approaches to art making.

The exhibition returns for 2013 with MinD - Body, curated by Dubai-based Italian artist, curator and writer Cristiana de Marchi. The exhibition will explore the role of the body and self-censorship in contemporary art from the Gulf to investigate the creative and exhibitive freedom of the artist. De Marchi said of the exhibition concept: "Body Art without body might be a pure paradox, but it is worth a thought in a region where the depiction of the body is culturally banished".

The MinD initiative serves to advance the cultural dialogue within Dubai - to encourage fresh thinking and to open up new ways of viewing and appreciating contemporary art in the UAE.

MinD - Body will see experimental artworks in a range of media (including video, installation, painting, photography and performance art) showcased throughout the DUCTAC complex. The show will feature work by 16 artists, including Hassan Sharif, winner of the John Jones Art on Paper Award at Art Dubai in 2012, Mohammed Kazem, who will be a featured artist at the UAE Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, Palestinian-Kuwaiti artist Tarek Al Ghusein and acclaimed Emirati artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz. The full list of participating artists is as follows:

Abdalla Al Sa’adi (UAE)
Anas Al Shaikh (Bahrain)
Cristiana de Marchi (Italy/Lebanon, based in UAE)
Ebtisam Abdulaziz (UAE)
Hassan Sharif (UAE)
Mohammed Kazem (UAE)
Manal Al Dowayan (Saudi Arabia)
Nojoom Al Ghanem (UAE)
Noor Al Bastaki (Bahrain)
Rabi Georges (Syria/Germany, based in UAE)
Saeide Karimi (Iran, based in USA)
Siavash Yansouri (Iran, based in USA)
Tarek Al Ghusein (Palestine/Kuwait, based in UAE)
Waheeda Malullah (Bahrain)
Mohammed Al Masrouei (UAE)
Shaikha Al Mazrou (UAE)

The exhibition is supported by Centro Barsha whose association with the project demonstrates the company’s continuing support for the arts in our society. As well as providing accommodation for artists visiting Dubai to take part in the exhibition, Centro Barsha will also host a book signing for the exhibition’s official catalogue.

MinD - Body will take place at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates from 6th March - 10th April 2013

MinD - Body

Opening: Wednesday 6th March 2013, 7.30pm
Dates: 6th March - 10th April 2013
Times: 9am - 10pm (Saturday to Thursday)
2pm - 10pm (Fridays and Public Holidays)
Venue: DUCTAC, Level 2, Mall of the Emirates
Contact: 04 341 4777
Admission: Free

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