A.i.R Dubai 2015
, the residency programme run by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Tashkeel, Delfina Foundation and Art Dubai, returns to Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood for the fourth year. This three-month programme sees six artists develop their projects for Art Dubai while in-residence in the UAE, working together in studios, and taking part in an expanded outreach programme of talks, reading groups, screenings, publications and open studios.
In 2015, the residency programme is particularly diverse: UAE-based artists selected via a competitive Open Call include the established, Khorfakkan-based artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim; photographer and writer Hind Mezaina; Sharmeen Syed, whose practice references architectural research; and multi-media artist Jessica Mein. The artists joining them in the residency from abroad are the Amsterdam-based, former Rijksakademie resident Mehraneh Atashi, who works in photography, video and installation and has been recently pre-occupied with the concept of entropy, as well as Beirut-based artist Rheim Alkadhi, who weaves poetic collages from objects, texts, and images.
All artists will produce works for Art Dubai Projects creating new, site-specific works, exhibited at the fair, March 18-21, 2015, as part of an expansive not-for-profit programme.
A.i.R Dubai residencies, as well as Art Dubai Commissions, will be curated by Lara Khaldi, an independent curator based between Ramallah and Amsterdam who previously curated the Jerusalem Show and Riwaq Biennial, Palestine (2012) and was Assistant Director for programmes at Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2009-11). “I have been working with both the residents of A.i.R Dubai and the commissioned artists to draw common threads in their work in order to find aesthetic and intellectual affinities,” says Lara Khaldi, Art Dubai Projects curator.