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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.




The Lahore Biennial discussion is followed by the presentation of the ArtNow Lifetime Award which honours Pakistani individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts. ArtNow founder Fawzia Naqvi presents the 2016 award to Imran Qureshi.


Qudsia Rahim and Amna Tirmizi Naqvi announce the curator and programme for the inaugural biennial, followed by a conversation between Hans Ulrich Obrist and the Lahore Biennial curator


Germano Celant and Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi discuss the exhibitons they curated with writer Sohrab Mahdavi


A conversation between Museum of Contemporary Art (BASMOCA) founder Basma Al Sulaiman and writer Myrna Ayad 


Dana Farouki, Nav Haq and jury members Hans Ulrich Obrist and Omar Kholeif discuss the Abraaj Capital Art Prize over the years alongside Art Dubai's tenth anniversary.


Nav Haq discusses the 2016 exhibition and commissioned work with winning artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou Rahme




Institut du Monde Arabe president Jack Lang in conversation with H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh


Patron Dr. Ramzi Dalloul in conversation with Princess Alia Al-Senussi


Rehana Saigol in conversation with Sameera Raja


Beatrice Bulgari and MASBEDO in conversation with Nathan Clements-Gillespie


Henry S. Kim in conversation with Aisha Khalid and Imran Qureshi


Vali Mahlouji and Sumesh Sharma in conversation with Catherine David

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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