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Marker is Art Dubai’s curated programme of galleries and artspaces, which focuses each year on a particular theme or geography. This section aims to exemplify the fair’s role as a site of discovery and cross-cultural exchange, and is a feature of Art Dubai’s extensive not-for-profit programming.

For 2013, Art Dubai invited Lagos-based curator Bisi Silva to select and work with galleries and artspaces located in West Africa. Silva’s programme was curated around the theme of ‘cities in transition’, with a particular focus on the work of dynamic, independent organisations and artists dealing with specific identities and localities.

Bisi Silva selected five spaces to participate in the fair and to work collaboratively with their artists to produce exhibitions for Art Dubai:

Centre for Contemporary Art (Lagos)

Espace doual’art (Douala)

Carpe Diem (Ségou)

Nubuke Foundation (Accra)

Raw Material Company (Dakar)