2012 Talks

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Dates:  07 - 10 November 2012
Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

ABU DHABI ART CONVERSATIONS

 Abu Dhabi Art Conversations were a series of moderated discussions with leading art-world professionals from across the globe. The series were an opportunity for Abu Dhabi Art audiences to gain both personal and professional insight into the creative lives and careers of some of the most significant and world-renowned artists working today.

For year 2013, Abu Dhabi Art Conversation series featured Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ghada Amer, Abdulnasser Gharem and Marina Abramović. This selection of artists represented both emerging and existing art markets, as well as a balanced regional and international scope that reflects the transnational focus of Abu Dhabi Art and it’s locus as a meeting point for people, cultures and ideas from around the world.

These speakers shared their creative and formative backgrounds, present current bodies of work, and introduced new produced projects and ventures. Abu Dhabi Art Conversations was also an opportunity for these speakers to interact with Abu Dhabi Art audiences, field questions and open up about their experience of the art world.  

Panelists:

  • Subodh Gupta
  • Bharti Kher
  • Pascale Marthine Tayou
  • Ghada Amer
  • Abdulnasser Gharem
  • Marina Abramović

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GUGGENHEIM ABU DHABI ART TALKING ART SERIES: GUGGENHEIM ABU DHABI

 This panel brought together four of the central figures in the development of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a museum that will be at the heart of the Saadiyat Culture District in Abu Dhabi. It featured Frank Gehry and Richard Armstrong as they explored the remarkable architecture of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi alongside its established mission and vision to promote the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art, architecture and other manifestations of contemporary visual culture from an international perspective; to support a transnational curatorial programme of art and visual culture from the 1960s to the present with a strong focus on art from the Middle East; to explore the specific identity derived from the cultural traditions of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates; and, through its collection, exhibitions and educational programmes, to contribute to expanding the critical histories of contemporary art in the twenty-first century.

Panelists:

  • Frank Gehry
  • Richard Armstrong

 Moderated by Vishakha Desai

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THE ABU DHABI ART PANEL: WHERE IS THE CENTRE? SEARCHING FOR THE CROSSROADS OF THE ART WORLD

The United Arab Emirates and the wider Middle East is becoming increasingly recognized in the media and within public discourse as a cultural bridge between East and West, North and South, a modern day crossroads reminiscent of the original Silk Route connecting civilizations through trade and cultural exchange. This panel was an opportunity to discuss the growing importance of this locus within the global art market from the view of some of the most important international gallerists operating in or with connections to the region. These panelists tackled the question: Is the Middle East the new centre of the art world?

Panelists:

  • Kamel Mennour
  • Sunny Rahbar
  • Thaddaeus Ropac
  •  Andree Sfeir-Semler

Moderated by HE Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh

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ART, TALKS & SENSATIONS: THE ISLAND/ A GAME OF LIFE

Meet the creative minds behind the fifth edition of Art, Talks and Sensations, the innovative, unconstrained element of Abu Dhabi Art, which mixes live performances with artistic installations and knowledge with pleasure.

This year, ‘The Island’ was an imaginary territory projected in the heart of Manarat Al Saadiyat- an exotic haven, a strange universe with it’s own exhilarating ambiance.  2013 panel was an opportunity  for the contemporary artists involved in this remarkable exhibition to talk about their projects, some of which were created specifically for the occasion, in media ranging from performances and films to interactive artworks and spectacular installations. The artists have shared their views on the ‘island location, on the crossroads of West and East, and on the theme of ‘the elsewhere island’ or the island that exists inside every person’s mind and heart.

Panelists:

  • Camille Henrot
  • Fabrice Hyber
  • Tim Noble & Sue Webster
  • Matthieu Orlean
  • Camille Zakharia
  • Subodh Gupta

 Moderated by the curator of the exhibition Fabrice Bousteau

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COLLECTOR’S FORUM: LIVING WITH ART/ THE POWER OF ART TO CHANGE LIVES

This panel, which featured Joanne Cohen, Executive Director and Curator of the Arts and Medicine Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, and collectors Dr. Farhad Farjam and Beth Rudin DeWoody, offered an in-depth discussion about what drives collectors to collect.

More than just an investment, the panel explored the unquantifiable yet undeniably positive benefits of owning art and sharing art with others while developing relationship with contemporary artists and learning more about the art world.

From a passion for beauty to a desire for intellectual engagement, and from a compassionate belief in art’s capacity to heal to the fulfillment gained from philanthropy and supporting others, this panel of top collectors which represents important private and public collections, presented their unique views on the question: Why do we collect Art?

Panelists:

  • Dr. Farhad Farjam
  • Beth Rudin DeWoody
  • Joanne Cohen

 Moderated by Philip Hoffman

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 ART FOR ALL: BETWEEN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC

 A panel presented by the Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation

The Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation sponsored a public panel with several emerging Emirati artists.  These artists, along with Shamsa Al Omeira, took part in “Between Public and Private”, a touring exhibition that was central to the Foundation’s Art for All mall activation, which offered artists an exciting opportunity to showcase their diverse works to a wide UAE public.

In a conversation moderated by Haitham Zamzam, these exemplary emerging Emirati artiss talked about their work, which ranges from installation to painting, photography and mixed media, and their experience of exhibiting art in a public space. Further, inspired by the theme of the exhibition, these artists have discussed their views on the concept of public and private lives and how art negotiates between these spaces.

Panelist:

  • Alia Lootah, Artist
  • Dana Al Mazroui, Artist
  • Hamdan Al Shamsi, Artist
  • Maitha Demithan, Artist

Moderated by Haitham Zamzam

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