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Marker Curatorial Assistant, 2014

Caspian Arts Foundation, in collaboration with Art Dubai, is giving a unique opportunity by inviting applications for a curatorial position to assist on Marker 2014, focusing on Central Asia and the Caucasus and is curated by the artists Slavs and Tatars.

The position of Assistant Curator, Marker will run from December 1, 2013-March 31, 2014, and is ideal for a curator based in the Middle East or Asia looking to further their research and network within Central Asia or the Caucasus. Working closely with Slavs & Tatars, the Art Dubai team, Caspian Arts Foundation and the participating artspaces to produce Marker 2014, the candidate will also have the opportunity to lead on curating and creating a project/research space within the fair, devoted to the theme and the regions.

Assistant Curator Position:

– Candidates should ideally be based in the Middle East or Asia;
– Some curatorial and production experience is required, as is good spoken and written English;
– Spoken and written Russian (plus languages of C Asia and the Caucasus regions) is preferred, with Arabic and/or Farsi a bonus;
– If not based in the UAE, candidates are expected to work remotely in December, and be based in the UAE from
January 1-March 31;
– Expenses (up to Dhs150/working day) are covered while in Dubai; flights and accommodation are not covered but requests for assistance considered;
– The position includes mentoring sessions plus membership of Campus Art Dubai, the UAE ‘Saturday school’ for artists and curators.

Interested candidates should send their CV and an email explaining their interest in the position to bettina@artdubai.ae by November 8.

Marker is Art Dubai’s curated programme of galleries and artspaces, which focuses each year on a particular theme or geography. This section aims to exemplify the fair’s role as a site of discovery and cross-cultural exchange, and is a feature of Art Dubai’s extensive not-for-profit programming. Caspian Arts Foundation is the education partner for Marker 2014, collaborating with Art Dubai to produce educational and research materials, plus live talks and tours onsite at the fair in March.

Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective’s work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low) focusing on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians. They have had solo exhibitions at the MoMA, NY, Secession, group exhibitions at Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, and Sharjah, Gwangju, and Mercosul Biennials. Slavs and Tatars have published several books–including Kidnapping Mountains (Book Works, 2009), (Revolver/Secession, 2012), Khhhhhhh (Mousse/Moravia Gallery, 2012), Frienship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz (Book Works, 2013) as well as their translation of the legendary Azeri satire MollaNasreddin: the magazine that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve (JRP-Ringier, 2011). Their 2014 engagements include solo exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, GfZK, Leipzig, and The Third Line, Dubai.They are represented by The Third Line, Dubai; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin; and Raster, Warsaw.