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Terrace Talks


This talks series takes place on the terrace of The Abraaj Group Lounge, and is held as part of the Art Dubai VIP Programme. The conversations explore the relationships and support networks between artists, curators and patrons.




Institut du Monde Arabe president Jack Lang in conversation with H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh. The President of L'Institute du Monde Arabe (and former Minister of Culture) Jack Lang, and H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh, Advisor to the U.A.E Presidential Court, discuss the question, ‘How can arts and culture contribute to a mutual and increased understanding between Europe and the Middle East?’ Held in association with Thinkers & Doers


Patron Dr. Ramzi Dalloul in conversation with Princess Alia Al-Senussi. Economist, investor and collector Dr. Ramzi Dalloul discusses his major collection of pan-Arab works, and his aim to launch an Arab Cultural Foundation for the Fine and Performing Arts with patron Alia Al-Senussi 


Rehana Saigol in conversation with Sameera Raja; launch of the Lahore Biennale and presentation of the ArtNow Lifetime Achievement Award to Jalal Uddin Ahmed. Collector Rehana Saigol in conversation with architect and gallerist Sameera Raja, followed by a discussion on the forthcoming Lahore Biennale and the presentation of the ArtNow Lifetime Achievement Award, which honours Pakistani individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts. ArtNow founder Fawzia Naqvi presents the 2015 award to archivist, critic and editor Jalal Uddin Ahmed.


Beatrice Bulgari and MASBEDO in conversation with Nathan Clements-Gillespie. Patron and collector Beatrice Bulgari discusses her early years in film–as a costume designer for Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso–through to her role as a producer for Masbedo’s The Lack, via her support for museums, in particular Rome’s MAXXI and MACRO. The conversation is chaired by Nathan Clements-Gillespie.


Henry S. Kim in conversation with Aisha Khalid and Imran Qureshi. Artists Aisha Khalid and Imran Qureshi discuss their practices and recent works with the director of Toronto’s recently opened Aga Khan Museum.


Vali Mahlouji and Sumesh Sharma in conversation with Catherine David. Curator Vali Mahlouji is engaged in archiving, curating and exposing the work of Iranian photographer Kaveh Golestan (the subject of Art Dubai Modern’s project space); his archive includes over 500,000 unseen negatives. Sumesh Sharma is a member of the Bombay-based curatorial collaborative and artist union Clark House Initiative whose practice involves the investigation of modernist histories, representation and visibility. This special Art Dubai Modern talk, chaired by curator Catherine David, explores the complexities of preserving, reading and exhibiting artists’ archives. 

Henry S. Kim, director and CEO, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, in conversation with Sultan Al Qassemi, founder, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
Artist Rashid Rana, artist Shahzia Sikander and artist/filmmaker Nurjahan Akhlaq in conversation with art historian and writer Simone Wille
Aida Mahmudova, founder, YARAT, Baku, Azerbaijan, Dina Baitassova, founder, International Art Development Association (IADA), Almaty, Kazakhstan, Nina Mahdavi, founder and chair, Caspian Arts Foundation, in conversation with Suad Garayeva, curator and specialist in contemporary art from Russia and CIS at Sotheby’s, London
Independant curator Dina Nasser-Khadivi of DNK Art Consulting, Yuliya Sorokina, director, Asia Art+, Almaty, Bashar Al Shroogi, founder and director, Cuadro Art, Dubai in conversation with curator Joanna Warsza
Haro Cümbüşyan, founding director of Collectorspace Istanbul, in conversation with Stuart Comer, curator of film, Tate
Scott Stover, founder and chair of the Centre Pompidou Foundation, in conversation with Georgina Adam, art market reporter and columnist for the Financial Times
Prince Yemisi Shyllon collector and founder of Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria, in conversation with curator and advisor Bomi Odufunade.
Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, president of Sharjah Art Foundation, in conversation with Omar Kholeif, senior editor of Ibraaz
Artist Zhang Huan, in conversation with LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg director Michael Govan
Lekha Poddar, president and co-founder of the Devi Art Foundation, in conversation with Art Dubai co-director Savita Apte
Collector and patron Richard Chang, in conversation with Melissa Chiu, director of the Asia Society Museum in New York and vice president of the Society’s Global Arts Programming 
Writer and editor Madeleine O’Dea in conversation with Indonesian collector and patron Deddy Kusuma
Curator, writer and editor Carol Yinghua Lu, in conversation with patroons Aliya and Farouk Khan, founders of the Malaysia-based Aliya and Farouk Khan Collection
Curator and writer Hammad Nasar, in conversation with critic Niilofur Farruk, editor of NuktaArt
Savita Apte, director of Art Dubai, in conversation with consultant Nada Raza 
Ziba Ardalan, director and curator of Parasol Unit Foundation for contemporary Art, London, in conversation with Anna Somers Cocks, group editorial director of The Art Newspaper
Linda Komaroff, LACMA's curator of Islamic art, in conversation with Venetia Porter curator of Islamic and contemporary Middle East art, British Museum
Susan and Michael Hort, in conversation with author Sarah Thornton
Anurag Khanna, in conversation with Stuart Comer, curator of film, Tate Modern







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