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Dubai, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Art Week brings together Dubai’s thriving creative industries into a week-long celebration of arts and culture.

Sam Bardaouil & Till Fellrath

 

Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

Curators, That Feverish Leap into the Fierceness of Life

 
Curators are facilitators of artistic creation and presentation. While it is often the curator who attracts attention, the centre stage should always be given to the artists.
 Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, co-founders, Art reoriented and Chairmen, Montblanc Cultural Foundation Photo credit Pablo Salgado

Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, co-founders, Art reoriented and Chairmen, Montblanc Cultural Foundation Photo credit Pablo Salgado

What can audiences expect to take away from the Arab Modernism show?

The exhibition will present around 50 artworks of different modernist art movements across the Arab world between the 1940s and 1980s. A close look at five particular schools in Casablanca, Cairo, Riyadh, Khartoum, and Baghdad will reveal the diversity of the intellectual and formal approaches by these artistic groups.

 

What is the process of selecting the contemporary works for Art Dubai like? What are you trying to communicate?

During the selection process for Art Dubai, we always look for contemporary art galleries that are consistently supporting the artists that they are working with.  Overall we aim to enable a cross-regional dialogue amongst participating artists, curators, galleries, and collectors. We are very excited to welcome a few passionate newcomers to the fair in 2018.

Why is the role of a curator important today?

Nowadays curators are increasingly working in a variety of contexts such as conventional museums, biennales, galleries, corporate and private collections, art fairs, and universities. One of their most significant roles in any of these settings is to be a facilitator of artistic creation and presentation. While it is often the curator who attracts attention, the centre stage should always be given to the artists.

 

Much of your work has been focused on the MENASA region. Why are artists from this part of the world significant in terms of the global art world?

Artists from the so-called MENASA region are striving to be recognised for their individual practice, much more than their collective geographic origin – just like artists from any other part of the world. It is very important to support the artists in this endeavour, as well as to strengthen the institutions that work with them, so that their contributions can be fully recognised within the global artistic discourse.

 Shakir Hassan Al-Said (1925-2004), Untitled, 1957, 100x80 cm. Photographed by Edoardo Garis.

Shakir Hassan Al-Said (1925-2004), Untitled, 1957, 100x80 cm. Photographed by Edoardo Garis.