Meet the international guest curators of Art Abu Dhabi

Published: 18 October 2020 - 11:56 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
Art Abu Dhabi has announced that its 12th edition is to run as a virtual fair.

The art event will take place online from November 19-26 2020

Introducing international guest curators promise the most global iteration of the fair to date, while there will also be a celebration of emerging talent.

For the first time ever, six guest curators will work with galleries and artists to present work online, each with a different geographic focus.

‘The Day After’, a sector dedicated to contemporary art from across the African continent will be curated by Simon Njami; Sung Woo Kim looks at contemporary art from South Korea; the ‘India Today’ section focus on the Indian subcontinent, curated by gallerist Ashwin Thadani and ‘A Picture Held Us Captive’, representing UAE galleries, curated by Nada Raza.

This year's performing arts focus will be adapted to a digital format byRose Lejeune, associate curator for the Delfina Foundation’s Collecting as Practice programme in London, integrating live-stream video interviews with artists, curators and gallerists

Emerging artists from across the UAE will see their new work brought together by ‘Beyond: Emerging Artists’ by Maya El Khalil.

If you're in the mood for listening to some of the art world’s leading figures discuss the complex history of the UAE and contemporary art practice in the country and around the world, tune into Art Abu Dhabi's online Talks Programme.

The fair’s upcoming edition will be live at from November 19.

Director Dyala Nusseibeh, says: “After what has been an exceptionally difficult year for the global art world, we are committed to supporting galleries that have been exhibiting with Abu Dhabi Art for years while continuing to develop new markets for the Emirates."

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