Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Artists and curators for Abu Dhabi Art 2021 edition announced as it returns with a physical event

With the winter season approaching, the art season in the region is also going to flourish and with the renowned art fair—Abu Dhabi has announced its list of artists and curators who will take part in the 2021 edition.

After the virtual event in 2020, the 2021 edition is returning this year with a physical event at the capital city’s Manarat Al-Saadiyat and is set to take place from November 17 to 21, 2021.

For this year’s edition, the guest curators will be Paris-based writer Simon Njami and curator and consultant Rose Lejeune.

Guest curators, every year work closely with a number of galleries exhibiting at the fair and this year, Njami’s gallery sector will put together the connections between artists through the language of music, while Lejeune will bring together a new performance art program.

One of the festival’s programs ‘Beyond: Artist Commissions,’ that was launched in 2017 presents delves into the theme and presents site-specific installations by well-known artists in public spaces across the Emirate.

This year, too, the program will present its display and see Lebanese-British artist Aya Haidar, Palestinian-Italian contemporary creative Hazem Harb, Emirati visual artist Najat Makki, London-based conceptual artist, sculptor and painter Rasheed Araeen and Uganda-born sculptor Richard Atugonza participate for the fair.

Talking about this year’s edition, director of Abu Dhabi Art, Dyala Nusseibeh in a statement said, “It was important to enable our guest curators to bring their exhibitions and research into material form at the fair this year, to enable gallery exhibitors to once again connect first-hand with our audience and show their works in real life as well as to commission new artists to create site-specific works for the emirate.”

Along with them, other additional artworks by artists Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, represented by Dubai’s Green Art Gallery, and Zineb Sedira, represented by The Third Line in Dubai, will also be featured as part of Abu Dhabi Art’s special installation sector—In & Around.

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