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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Ocula Conversation
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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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Dubai Art Guide

Dubai is a node for arts and culture in the Middle East. Since Christie's held its first auction of modern and contemporary art in the region in 2006, the emirate has established itself as a market centre, bolstered by galleries, non-profits, and international art events.

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Supported by institutional collecting bodies the Sharjah Art Foundation and Art Jameel, Dubai's art scene comprises studios and residencies to fuel local artistic production in an otherwise transient locale—the expatriate community makes up over 90% of the city's population. The majority of galleries are based in Alserkal Avenue: a buzzy cultural district located in the Al Quoz industrial area. Dotted between pop-ups and eateries, the district comprises international galleries such as Lawrie Shabibi, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Grey Noise, Custot Gallery, Carbon 12, and Leila Heller Gallery, among many others, spread across 500,000 square feet.

Since 2008, Alserkal Avenue has contained the highest concentration of galleries and creative spaces in the region, having taken over from Dubai International Financial Centre—once the city's gallery hub and still home to Christie's, Andakulova Gallery, Cuadro Gallery, Opera Gallery, Sconi Art Gallery, and The Farjam Foundation. The focus for regional art discourse, however, has shifted to Alserkal Avenue. Concrete, a multidisciplinary Alserkal Avenue space designed by Rem Koolhas' OMA, holds exhibitions, performances, and other public events, such as FIELD MEETING in 2019. FIELD MEETING is the annual forum for arts professionals organised by Asia Contemporary Art Week. Its staging at Concrete marked the first time the event was held in MENASA (Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia).

Outside of Alserkal Avenue, Dubai's first non-commercial and non-governmental institution is the Jameel Arts Centre, located on the waterfront of the city. Unveiled by Serie Architects in 2018, the centre is dedicated to exhibition-making and research in contemporary art. It joins Tashkeel, located on the outskirts of the city, as a non-profit institution, containing studios and workspaces, and fostering arts and design practices of the UAE. Dubai Design District, which hosts the Dubai Design Week each November, provides further opportunities to encounter the region's design talents.

Art Dubai, which prides itself on being the most global fair in the world, takes place in March each year at the hotel Madinat Jumeirah. It is supplemented by the Global Art Forum—a renowned summit that helps fuel growth in the gulf's art scene. Discourse is furthered a 90-minute drive away in Sharjah, where the Sharjah Biennial has provided an international platform for artistic experimentation since 1993 in a large-scale exhibition comprising installations, films, and performances. Past curators include Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif, Claire Tancons, Christine Tohme, Eungie Joo, and Yuko Hasegawa.


Current Exhibitions In Dubai

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Contemporary art exhibition, Lamya Gargash, Sahwa at The Third Line, Dubai
23 March–30 May 2020 Lamya Gargash Sahwa The Third Line, Dubai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, There Is Fiction In The Space Between at The Third Line, Dubai
23 March–31 May 2020 Group Exhibition There Is Fiction In The Space Between The Third Line, Dubai
Contemporary art exhibition, Anuar Khalifi, Forever Is A Current Event at The Third Line, Dubai
27 November 2019–6 February 2020 Anuar Khalifi Forever Is A Current Event The Third Line, Gallery 2

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Dubai In Ocula Magazine

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Art Fair Tokyo Cancelled, Art Dubai ‘Postponed' Due to Virus Ocula News Art Fair Tokyo Cancelled, Art Dubai ‘Postponed' Due to Virus Tokyo, 4 March 2020

The spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has brought down two art fairs in two days. Art Fair Tokyo has been cancelled and Art Dubai has been postponed indefinitely because of the virus, which also led to the cancellation of Art Basel Hong Kong last month.

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Kate Fowle Ocula Conversation Kate Fowle By Anabelle de Gersigny, Moscow

Kate Fowle is chief curator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and director-at-large at the Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. Previously she was executive director of ICI (2009-13), the inaugural international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2007-08) and chair of the...

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist Ocula Conversation Hans-Ulrich Obrist By Stephanie Bailey, London

Hans-Ulrich Obrist does not really need an introduction. He is, by all accounts, the art world’s most prolific curator, with a career that began at the tender age of 23, when he curated an exhibition in the kitchen of his apartment in St. Gallen in 1991, titled World Soup . An art curator, critic and historian of art, he is Co-director...

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Slavs And Tatars Ocula Conversation Slavs And Tatars By Stephanie Bailey, London

Slavs and Tatars is a collective that represents, in their own words, a “faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia.” The collective works across media, disciplines, and to quote the artists, “a broad spectrum of cultural registers...

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Recent Events In Dubai

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Contemporary art exhibition, ACAW FIELD MEETING Take 6 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
25–26 January 2019 ACAW FIELD MEETING Take 6
Contemporary art exhibition, Art Dubai 2017 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
15–18 March Art Dubai 2017
Contemporary art exhibition, Art Dubai 2016 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
16–19 March Art Dubai 2016

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