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Palestine Takes Centre Stage At This Year’s Art Dubai











Art Park, the underground art space dedicated to experimental and site-specific artwork, will again play host to a dynamic program, this year collaborating with leading Middle Eastern not-for-profit organisations such as the Art School Palestine and ArteEast. Situated beneath the main halls of Art Dubai, Art Park acts as a space for the exploration of site-specific artworks with particular emphasis placed on experimental film and video, reflecting the current vibrancy of these art forms in the Middle East. This Art Dubai programme will feature the special contribution of Bidoun through a series of curated video programmes in the Bidoun Lounge, designed by Traffic and the Khatt Foundation. Art Dubai has collaborated with leading Middle Eastern non-profit organisations such as ArteEast and Art School Palestine on a series of video and film programmes and additionally the space features a film programme presented by Contemporary Practices and the Me series by Iranian artist Ghazel. Besides the exhibitions, the space promises to engage visitors of Art Dubai by hosting a several exciting performances. Art Park Talks is an educational initiative that aims to provide a forum and platform for discussions, dialogue and exchange through a series of informal talks. Art Park Talks will address a range of relevant topics from live art to design and typography within the Middle East as well as engage the audience through interactive participation. These discussions will be held at the Bidoun Lounge, designed by Traffic and the Khatt Foundation. Art Dubai aims to provide a platform for Performance art, a new media that is growing around the Middle East by introducing the debut of a diverse programme of Middle Eastern, British and Indian artists, Amongst others, there will be performances by Roula Haj Ismail (supported by Maya and Ramzy Rasamny), Kirstie Macleod (supported by British Council), Shilpa Gupta (supported by ArtAsiaPacific), Susan Hefuna, Rabih MrouĆ© (supported by Bidoun) and Monali Meher (supported by Mondriaan Foundation). Mapping Palestine, is an initiative of Art School Palestine which consists of three autonomous locations: a series of video programmes entitled Tamam, (Arabic for ’everything is fine’) in the Art Park, the Art School Palestine Pavilion Akhir al Layl, (Arabic for ’at the end of the night’), and lastly, a series of presentations by Palestinian art organisations. Together, they work synergistically to expose the harsh reality of occupation and dispossession. The full programme can be viewed at www.artdubai.ae.

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