Art Dubai 2020: Why the Mideast’s leading art fair is turning to Africa 

Art Dubai 2020: Why the Mideast’s leading art fair is turning to Africa 
An example of work by Kenyan artist Longinos Nagila, whose art will be at Art Dubai 2020. (Supplied) 
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Updated 14 December 2019

Art Dubai 2020: Why the Mideast’s leading art fair is turning to Africa 

Art Dubai 2020: Why the Mideast’s leading art fair is turning to Africa 
  • The artworks feature a selection of 55 galleries that aim to further the fair’s focus on expanding conversations beyond traditional art production centers
  • The 2020 edition will include 21 first-time exhibitors from Nigeria, Sudan and Vietnam

DUBAI: Art Dubai returns for its 14th edition in from March 25-28, 2020, with a fair that continues to build off Dubai’s pivotal location between South Asia, East Africa, and the Gulf, bringing together global perspectives from geographies often overlooked in the realm of international contemporary art. Next year’s edition presents 90 galleries from 38 countries, including 21 first-time exhibitors from Nigeria, Sudan and Vietnam.




Artist Hamra Abbas will present her work at the gallery. (Supplied) 

Artworks will be displayed across four gallery sections, including Art Dubai Contemporary, featuring a selection of 55 galleries that aim to further the fair’s focus on expanding conversations beyond traditional art production centers; Art Dubai Modern, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath presenting solo presentations by modern masters from the MENASA region; and Bawwaba, which means “gateway” in Arabic and is curated by Mumbai-based curator Nancy Adajania and showcases solo presentations by artists from, based in, and or focused on projects about the Middle East, Africa, Central, South and Southeast Asia and Latin America. 

All eyes are on contemporary art from Africa and Art Dubai’s new focus for its Residents section, which showcases solo presentations from invited galleries whose artists have partaken in a UAE-based art residency, further affirms this statement. “The curatorial intervention in this year’s Residents will be looking at geometry and pattern,” Malatsie told Arab News. “Our perception of the world follows a logic that is learnt through various institutional and societal norms. The curatorial intervention will use institutional and individual norms to make biases and learnt perceptions visible to those coming to the exhibition.”




Grosvenor Gallery will be at Art Dubai. (Supplied)

This year, Residents will feature presentations of artworks by emerging artists across the African continent, including Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa and Sudan. The section will include London and Addis Ababa-based Addis Fine Art, exhibiting the work of Ethiopian artist Daniela Yohannes, Circle Art Gallery from Nairobi featuring the work of Kenyan artist Longinos Nagila, Accra-based Gallery 1957 presenting the work of Ghanaian artist Gideon Appah and SMAC with branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch, featuring the work of Wallen Mapondera from Zimbabwe amongst others.

“There is a natural progression in representation of art from the African continent at Art Dubai,” said Pablo del Val, the fair’s artistic director, to Arab News. “There are cultural and aesthetic connections that reflect in local social sensibilities and ideas and a significant community of African collectors based in Dubai. These relationships ensure that the art is contextualized, making it more powerful than if art from Africa were treated as an exception.” 


Ramy Youssef among nominees for Critics’ Choice Awards

Ramy Youssef among nominees for Critics’ Choice Awards
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Ramy Youssef among nominees for Critics’ Choice Awards

Ramy Youssef among nominees for Critics’ Choice Awards

DUBAI: The Critics Choice Association unveiled this week its nominations for the 2021 Critics’ Choice Awards, and US-Egyptian actor Ramy Youssef is among the long stellar list.

The 29-year-old award-winning star is nominated for the Best Actor in Comedy Series category for his role in “Ramy.” 

His award-winning Hulu show, that is about an Egyptian-American living in New Jersey who is determined to become a better Muslim, is competing for the Best Comedy Series category. 

Read Arab Newss interview with Youssef here.

Topping the event’s list are the crime drama “Ozark” and the historic drama “The Crown” – both streaming on Netflix – with six nods each. 

“Lovecraft Country,” “Schitt’s Creek,” “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Mrs. America” all earned five nominations while “Better Call Saul” and “The Plot Against America” received four.

The ceremony’s format and the film nominees will be revealed on Feb. 8, while the winners will be announced on March 7.