2019 Talks

  • Abu Dhabi Art 2019 Talks: The Artists, The Publisher the Migrator
  • Abu Dhabi Art 2019 Talks:  Gateway: Fragments, Yesterday & Today
  • Abu Dhabi Art 2019 Talks:  Gateway: Fragments, Yesterday & Today
  • Abu Dhabi Art 2019 Talks:  Rising from the Pacific
  • Abu Dhabi Art 2019 Talks: (Dis) Placement
  • Abu Dhabi Art 2019 Talks: Gateway: Fragments, Yesterday & Today
  • Abu Dhabi Art 2019 Talks:  Rising from the Pacific
  • Abu Dhabi Art 2019 Talks: French Luxury & Contemporary Art
  • Abu Dhabi Art 2019 Talks: French Luxury & Contemporary Art
  • Abu Dhabi Art 2019 Talks: Rising from the Pacific
  • Abu Dhabi Art 2019 Talks
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Dates:  20 - 23 November 2019
Venue:
 Theatre, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2019 Talks Programme Partners were: 

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TALKS PROGRAMME

Organized by Community Partner “81 Designs” in conversation with artist eL Seed

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 (10:00-11:00)

French-Tunisian artist eL Seed shared an in-depth personal experience of working with the refugee women artisans employed by 81 Designs on ‘The Journey’ into Ain El-Hilweh refugee camp in South Lebanon.

He was joined by 81 Designs Co-founder Nadine Maalouf who provided a detailed overview of how the enterprise served as a vehicle that bridged both art and humanity whilst preserving the ancient craft of Tatreez.

Abu Dhabi Art visitors also experienced ‘The Journey’ by visiting 81 Design’s community booth in honour of The Year of Tolerance.

Speakers:

  • eL Seed, International Artist
  • Nadine Maalouf, Co-founder of 81 Designs

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(DIS) PLACEMENT, THE ROLE OF CULTURE IN COMMUNITIES

Organized by Community Partner Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI)

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 (14:00-15:00)

A discussion around the concept of belonging, from a global perspective, looking at the impact and and consequences of climatic, social, political and other conditions at stake. The debate also investigated, from an architectural perspective, what role (dis) placement can play in creating new ways of belonging.

Speakers:

  • Marc Quinn, Artist
  • Maywand Jabarkhyl, Managing Director at Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative
  • Dr. Alamira Reem Al Hashimi, Architect, Urban Planning Specialist and Writer 

Moderator:  Ahmed Bin Shabib, Cultural Advisor at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation 

Abu Dhabi Art visitors also viewed the “Peace Carpet” project at Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI)’s community booth in honour of The Year of Tolerance.

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FRENCH LUXURY & CONTEMPORARY ART

Organized by Comité Colbert

A series of talks organized  by the Comité Colbert to explore how French luxury has become a major actor on the Contemporary art scene. Companies and institutions engaged in a dialogue between cultural heritage and creativity have shared their experiences in developing affinities with Contemporary art through collaboration with artists, support for creation and exhibitions for a broader audience.

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 

Session 1: 15:30-16:30

• At the Intersection of Disciplines. Speaker: Grazia Quaroni, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain 

• Contemporary Art at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Speaker: Juliette Singer, Louvre Abu Dhabi 

Moderator: Valérie Sandoz, Comité Colbert

 

Session 2: 16:45-17:45

• Lady Dior Art. Speaker: Alexandre Boquel, Dior

• Artists and Designers, Porcelain’s Ambassadors. Speaker: Hélène Huret, Bernardaud 

ModeratorValérie Sandoz, Comité Colbert

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THE ADVENTURE OF A NEW GENERATION

New Horizons: China Today curator Jérôme Sans in conversation with artists Li Shurui and Li Qing

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019  (18:00-19:00)

Following the explosion of creativity in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Li Qing and Li Shurui appeared as two of the most interesting figures of the new generation of Chinese artists born in the 1980s, a generation fully immersed in the world of consumption and its frenzied rhythms. Li Qing’s practice encompassed painting, installation, sound pieces, video and photography and leading female artist of the new generation; Li Shurui is internationally recognized for her work which is the result of a metaphysical observation of the world and of the intimate relationships between the abstract concepts of light and space. The artists conversed with Jérôme Sans, New Horizons: China Today curator.

Both artists were featured as part of the New Horizons: China Today section of Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2019 - Li Shurui presented by White Space Beijing and Li Qing presented by Tang Contemporary Art.

Speakers:

  • Li Shurui, International Artist
  • Li Qing, International Artist

 Moderator:  Jérôme Sans, Artistic Director

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RISING FROM THE PACIFIC: EMERGING CONTEMPORARY ART CENTERS

Date: Friday, 22 November 2019 (14:30-15:30)

Heard from leading experts, artists and creatives operating within the Pacific region on the emergence of this area as a rising center for Contemporary art and innovation.

From the established Asia Pacific Triennial based in Australia, to the recently launched Honolulu Biennial, which debuted in 2017, these festivals were complemented with perspectives from an artistic residency program rooted in global connections to the Islamic World with Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s (DDFIA) Shangri La, based in Hawaii and curating Pacific Contemporary art within an institutional context from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

 Speakers:

  • Chris Saines, Director and Founder of the Asia Pacific Triennial and Director of the Queensland Art Gallery
  • Dr. Konrad Ng, Executive Director of Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Shangri La
  • Nina Tonga, Curator of the Pacific at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Honolulu Biennial 2019 Curator

 ModeratorIsabella Ellaheh Hughes, co-founder and Director Emeritus of Honolulu Biennial Foundation

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ON THE DEFENSE: CULTURAL IDENTITY

Organized by Al Burda Endowment

Date: Friday, 22 November 2019 (16:30-17:30)

Three artists from diverse backgrounds and nationalities took inspiration from the cultural wealth of the Middle East and Arab world and created commissioned artworks and installations for the inaugural Al Burda Endowment. What is cultural identity, why is it so prized, how do we continue to produce it, how is it threatened and where do we go from here?

 Speakers:

  • Zoulikha Bouabdellah
  • Dana Awartani
  • Stanley Siu

 ModeratorMyrna Ayad

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SACRED VS. SPIRITUAL: ISLAMIC ART IN  CONTEMPORARY LENS

Organized  by Al Burda Endowment

Date: Friday, 22 November 2019 (17:30-18:30)

Islamic art is often pigeon-holed as religious and deemed as a genre steeped within the strict parameters of tradition. Three recipients of inaugural grants from Al Burda Endowment reflected on how their trajectories push the confines of conventional Islamic art practices towards a realm that is minimalist, highly conceptual, abstract and spiritual.

Speakers:

  • Nasser Al Salem
  • Ebtisam Abdulaziz
  • Aisha Khalid

 ModeratorMyrna Ayad

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Date: Saturday, 23 November 2019 (15:00-16:00)

Reem Fadda joined in conversation with artist Mohamed Melehi, tracing his multifaceted practice as a painter, designer, photographer, muralist and cultural activist – a career that has placed him at the forefront of postcolonial Moroccan art and of modernism in the Global South. Melehi has helped shape the aesthetics of political exchange and artistic networks throughout the Maghreb and Pan-Arab regions including designing for the cultural and political journal Souffles and co-founding the cultural journal Integral.

 A solo show by Mohamed Melehi was featured as part of the Special Projects section of Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2019, presented by Lawrie Shabibi (S18).

 Speakers:

  • Reem Fadda
  • Mohamed Melehi

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Organized  by Comité Colbert

Date: Saturday, 23 November 2019

Session 3: 16:45-17:45

  • Commissioning Artists. Speaker: Thierry Sarmant, Mobilier National, Manufacture des Gobelins
  • In support of the creative gesture. Speakers: Annick de Chaunac & Guillaume Désanges, Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès
  • Contemporary Art in Versailles. Speaker: Catherine Pégard, Château, Musée et Domaine National de Versailles

 Moderator: Valérie Sandoz, Comité Colbert

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GATEWAY: FRAGMENTS, YESTERDAY & TODAY

Date: Saturday, 23 November 2019 (18:00-19:00)

Paolo Colombo and Sarah Collins were in a public conversation alongside commissioned artists Lamya Gargash and Nima Nabavi on issues pertaining to exhibiting archaeological artefacts and objects of anthropological interest with works of Contemporary art. It is a practice that is beginning to be seen in museums and institutions devoted to Modern and Contemporary art. Is it possible to export it to museums of archaeology? With what gains or losses?

 Speakers:

  • Sarah Collins, Senior Curator, the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
  • Lamya Gargash, Artist, The Third Line
  • Nima Nabavi, Artist, The Third Line

 Moderator: Paolo Colombo, Gateway: Fragments, Yesterday & Today curator

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