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 the 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.