Art Dubai ended on Saturday, 21st March and since then I've been decompressing from a very hectic but also lots of fun five days at the art fair.
Six artists in residence (including yours truly) have been working since January to create work to show at the fair. If you didn't make it to Art Dubai or didn't get a chance to see our work, there's an artist talk with fellow artist in residence Rheim Alkadhi and myself on Sunday, 29th March at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue, 7pm -8.30pm.
We will talk about our work, our residency and the work we did for Art Dubai. If you didn't get to see my work at the fair, you will get a chance to see it at the talk, an audio/video essay titled "It may have been where the tales of Sinbad and Aladdin came from".
Objects at an Art Fair - one of the four programs of interventions performed by Rheim Alkadhi at Art Dubai. The images below is from "Supplication Activity". Rheim asked passers by to write their deepest desires on the back of a receipt which was then folded and inserted into a metal locket and sealed with scented candle wax from Dubai Mall. The amulets were "accumulated together as a mounting cluster of energy, residues of an art fair".
It may have been where the tales of Sinbad and Aladdin came from is the name of my audio/video essay about Deira which consists of photos I took during the residency mixed with images of old postcards of Deira. The audio part is a script taken from various resources from the past, the present, a mix of fact, fiction and even press releases. The video is 10 minutes long and was projected on a wooden board. Next to the board was an old TV screen playing found footage/old documentaries of Deira filmed in the 1960s and 1970s.
I will report back on my experience of the residency, my work and Art Dubai in general soon. In the meantime, hope you can make it to the talk on Sunday. More about it here: