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Art Dubai Gobal Art Forum in Doha and Dubai 14-18 March


The Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region’s leading platform for cultural debate, the Global Art Forum focuses on key issues that bring together the arts scenes of the region with the rest of the world. Celebrating its fifth edition in 2011, the Forum is put together by a curatorial committee chaired by Shumon Basar and including Tirdad Zolghadr, Antonia Carver and Claudia Cellini, and focuses broadly on the theme of Changing Audiences.

Global Art Forum_5 is presented by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) in partnership with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (ADACH) and the Ministry of Culture, Kingdom of Bahrain.


Global Art Forum_5 starts in Doha at the newly opened Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. This leg of the Forum, co-curated by the Forum Committee and Mathaf’s Director, Wassan Al Khudhairi, and Head of Education, Michelle Dezember, addresses the timely topic of engaging, creating and maintaining audiences.


The Forum moves on to Dubai and begins with the theme of Fascination: When Art Met Fashion, which unravels the relationship that has developed between fashion and art over the last few decades, including the role of magazine-as-broker and also how fashion houses have become some of the most notable patrons for contemporary art. The Forum’s attention will then transition to Disappointment Management: Artists & Audiences, which looks at how and if artists reinvent their roles in relation to new kinds of audiences.

New this year is a series of practical workshops that run alongside the Forum aimed at regionally-based artists, curators and arts practitioners. Well-respected arts professionals will offer advice and training in often-neglected areas such as art law; creating and managing contracts; relationships with galleries, curators and critics.

Speakers Include*:

Jack Bankowsky | Shumon Basar | Wafaa Bilal | Pierre Bal Blanc | Germano Celant | Stuart Comer | Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy | Michael Danoff | Chris Dercon | Liu Ding | HE Omar Saif Ghobash | Masoud Golsorkhi | Isabelle Graw | Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige | Nav Haq | Malak Helmy | Wassan Al Khudairi | Joerg Koch | Vasif Kortun | Jo Backer Laird | Carol Yinghua Lu | Sebastian Lütgert | Suhail Malik | Penny Martin | Chus Martinez | Hans Ulrich Obrist | Remi Paringaux | Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi | Slavs and Tatars | Philip Tinari | Francesco Vezzoli | Kaelen Wilson-Goldie | Tirdad Zolghadr

Global Art Forum Artist in Residence: Natascha Sadr Haghighian


The Global Art Forum also launches Forum Fellows, a programme that brings together a group of exceptional young curators and artists from across Asia and the Middle East, to pool their ideas for the future of the arts in the region. This year’s Fellows are from Antakya, Karachi, Tehran, Jerusalem and Dhaka.


The Global Art Forum is part of Art Dubai’s programme of dynamic talks that includes On Collecting, a series of intimate discussions on collecting and patronage.

Speakers include:
Stuart Comer | Ziba Ardalan de Weck | Beth Rudin DeWoody | Dana Farouki | Susan & Michael Hort | Anurag Khanna

Art Park Talks, curated in association with Bidoun, feature presentations by leading video artists, among other debates and discussions. Bidoun will also present the second edition of The Big Idea, a dynamic, fast-paced forum for young UAE-based artists and designers.

Speakers include: Wael Shawky | Sherif El Azma | Sarah Rifky | Negar Azimi*

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