Issue 7, Dubai. Art Week

Dubai Modern. La Modernité,
des autres, Retrouvée

Abdelkader Guermaz, Dunes Perverses 1978 – Oil on canvas, 161×129 cm – Courtesy Elmarsa

Modernity beyond the West remains relatively unexplored territory. A largely theoretical contribution was made by Roger Buergel, curator of Documenta 12. In 2007. He started out with the creation of Documenta which contained a series of questions he put to himself and to the public, the first of which was ‘Is Modernity our Antiquity?’ Put […]

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Dubai. Alserkal Avenue.
The new cultural hub.

My first encounter with Alserkal Avenue goes back to 2011. I was in Dubai to cover the Art Dubai fair. I knew very little about Alserkal Avenue. I wanted to see some galleries, but especially the Salsali Private Museum. I took a taxi there. Chatting with the Pakisthani driver I discovered he had family in Italy, near Venice, but that he’d never been there. He wanted to know what I was going to Alserkal Avenue for, and informed me that Al Quoz, the neighbourhood it’s situated in, was an industrial area. I told him I wanted to visit a museum. He said nothing. He dropped me off on the side of the road and wished me a good day.

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Odyssey of People. Don’t call it, just an artwork.

Odyssey of People – Courtesy of Christie’s

In its upcoming auction in Dubai, Christie’s presents an impressive, emblematic painting by Ismail Shammout (1930-2006): Odyssey of People.

Painted in 1980, the canvas, reading from right to left as if in the Arabic language, retraces the historical events that have unfolded within Palestinian history, from the Nakba, the subsequent wars of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s to the establishment of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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