ART DUBAI: Marker 2014: Participating Art Spaces March 19-22, 2014
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
MARKER 2014: CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CAUCASUS
In 2014, Art Dubai’s Marker programme is curated by the artists Slavs and Tatars and takes Central Asia and the Caucasus as its focus. Celebrating the complexities of faith, identity and language in these regions, Marker 2014 includes booth exhibitions, educational initiatives and a dynamic new publishing venture.
Marker focuses each year on a particular theme or geography, and epitomises Art Dubai’s role as a fair of discovery and a site for the production and exchange of knowledge and ideas.
￼The art spaces invited to participate in Marker 2014 range from state institutions to galleries and artist-run initiatives, including: Arte East (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan); Asia Art (Almaty, Kazakhstan); National Centre for Contemporary Arts, NCAA (Vladikavkaz, the Caucasus); Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project (Tbilisi, Georgia); and Yarat (Baku, Azerbaijian).
For Marker 2014, Slavs and Tatars are working with each space and their artists to present existing and new work that together forms a collective exhibition through a ‘regime of portraiture’, including faces, places and traces from mid-twentieth-century painting to contemporary drawings and sculptures. On the occasion, Marker 2014 will take the form of a chaikhaneh or Eurasian (tea) salon, to activate each work as a point of departure, to tell larger stories touching upon questions of faith, language, landscape; and importantly, how these notions are ritualised, interiorised, and hybridised beyond the often brittle politics of identity.
2014 also marks a new collaboration between Marker and onestar press, the renowned Paris-based artist book publisher. onestar press, the renowned Paris-based artist book publisher. onestar will publish books by emerging and established artists from Central Asia and the Caucasus invited by Slavs and Tatars, including Reza Hazare, Taus Makhacheva and Armen Eloyan, among others.
Marker also features an extended education programme, which includes a research booth, daily talks and tours, and opportunities for upcoming curators to research and gain experience in this field. Marker’s education partner is Caspian Arts Foundation.
Slavs and Tatars is a collective with solo exhibitions at major museums—MoMA, Secession (2012), Kunsthalle Zurich, Dallas Museum of Art (2014)—as well as group exhibitions across the Middle East, North America and Europe. They have published six books, including a translation of the legendary Azeri political satire Molla Nasreddin (2011, JRP-Ringier).
The eighth edition of Art Dubai includes more than 87 galleries from 36 countries presented across three programmes—Contemporary, Modern and Marker. Known as one of the most global and innovative of art fairs, Art Dubai’s extensive not-for-profit programme includes artists’ and curators’ residencies;; site-specific works and commissioned performances (Art Dubai Projects); an exhibition of works by winners of the annual The Abraaj Group Art Prize; and the critically-acclaimed Global Art Forum.
Art Dubai is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group and is sponsored by Cartier and Emaar. Madinat Jumeirah is home to the event.
The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is a strategic partner of Art Dubai and supports the fair’s year-round education programme.
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Galina Konopatskaya, Cosmic Mother, 1970
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