Creativity, Debate and Comedy at Abu Dhabi Art
Day three of the annual art fair featured engaging creative workshops, thought provoking discussions, and a stand-up comedy night at Manarat Al Saadiyat
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11 November 2017: Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the third day at Abu Dhabi Art 2017 saw audiences participating in a wide range of creative and cultural experiences at Manarat Al Saadiyat.
The programme of in-depth cultural debate continued with a panel led by Dr. Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives at the MCA Chicago, and curator of Abu Dhabi Art’s Focus: Beyond Territory section. In conversation with Iftikhar Dadi, artist and Associate Professor at Cornell University and UBIK, Visual Artist, the discussion explored historical parallels between South Asia, West Asia, and the Middle East. Additional talks throughout the day explored the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship, the emerging creative platforms Jaffat AlAqlam, Banat Collective and Kuwaits Poets Society, and analysis of the Global art world. Dr. Omar Kholeif and Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, UAE-based columnist and Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation discussed the process of developing an art collection.
Meanwhile, performance art platform Durub Al Tawaya showcased performances of Evros Walk Water by Daniel Wetzel that re-enacts John Cage’s Water Walk, and was created in collaboration with refugee children living in Athens. Audiences were treated to an evening of comedy with Omar Ismail, Emirati stand-up comedian and improviser, and Wonho Chung, comedian and television personality, born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and raised in Amman, Jordan, to a South Korean father and Vietnamese mother.
Visitors also took part in a series of creative and immersive workshops catering to the entire community. A workshop for teens and adults led by artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Realising Forms through the Unconscious, explored the psychology and physiology behind what one perceives and what is actually there.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, register for programme events, or view the full programme, visit abudhabiart.ae. Tickets are AED 50 for adults. Complimentary access will be available for students and visitors below 18 years of age. All workshops include a participation fee.
About The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.
About Abu Dhabi Art
Abu Dhabi Art expands beyond the notion of a traditional art fair, in placing strong emphasis on a diverse public engagement programme, including art installations and exhibitions, talks and events that take place in different locations throughout the year. The culmination of this year-long programme is the Abu Dhabi Art event in November, which provides an important sales platform for participating galleries whilst also offering these galleries an opportunity to showcase ambitious installations and site specific works by their artists to an audience of over 20,000 visitors.