Artist in Conversation 

Artist in Conversation 


Performing the Domestic: Feminism and Labor in Art: Farah Al Qasimi in Conversation with May Al-Dabbagh 

Farah Al Qasimi spoke to May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy at NYUAD, in relation to her ongoing commission in The Yard by Alserkal Avenue Programming Commission. They discussed the invisible labor of women in the cycle of creation and consumption, through the mediums of photography, performance and video.

RTL:LTR |Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Isfahan, Iran 

The title of the exhibition has been taken from the acronyms LTR and RTL, which are used to indicate the direction of writing from left to right, or vice versa in information age. This exhibition is curated by Iranian artist/curator Tarlan Rafiee and Yashar Samimi Mofakham and Peter Assmann, Austrian artist/curator and supported by Bread & Salt Projects.

Beyond Boundaries: Art by Email | Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK 

Due to political situations and immigration conditions it can be difficult to invite artists from outside the UK to work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP). Art by Email brings together the voices of 16 artists from five MENA countries, selected by ArtRole Chief Executive Adalet R. Garmiany and YSP Senior Curator, Dr Helen Pheby, and includes photography, film and performance. An abstract sculpture by the Iranian artist Sahand Hesamiyan, the instructions for which were submitted via email, will be 3D printed during the exhibition.

Variations on a garden | David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK 

variations on a garden is a solo exhibition in DRAF Studio showing, amongst other works, the sculptural installation Study for a Monument(2013–15), the video installation Ghost (2013), excerpted youtube footage of American soldiers returning home to surprise their families which repeatedly fades to white, and the photograph and after and after (2003/8). The domestic sphere has been an ongoing area of research for Akhavan, and recent works have looked at the garden, the backyard and other domesticated landscapes. The garden often operates as a symbolic territory in the division between the commons and the proprietorial, between one nation and another.

Artist in Residence | Atelier Calder, Saché, France 

Founded in 1989 by members of the Calder family in collaboration with the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), the Atelier Calder residency program offers artists the opportunity to pursue projects and create new work in the exceptional environment of Alexander Calder’s studio and home in Saché, France, designed by the artist himself. The works produced during the residency are presented to the public at the end of the session during an open studio weekend.

Brisasia Festival 2017 | Brisbane, Australia 

In 2013, BrisAsia Festival launched as an annual festival showcasing contemporary and traditional Asian arts and cultural events, programs and initiatives. The festival provides professional and creative sector development opportunities for Brisbane-based creatives with a strong interest in the Asia region and whose creative practice is reflective of this. The 2017 program features a variety of free activities to experience Brisbane’s diverse Asian communities.


Don’t You Think It’s Time for Love? | The Human Condition Session II: Human and the Others. Love, friendship, suspicion, aversion | Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Moscow, Russia | November 11, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Hassan Hajjaj 

Fashion Cities Africa | Brighton Museum, Brighton, UK | April 30, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Sophia Al Maria, Zineb Sedira 

Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary II | Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK | August 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Zineb Sedira 

Uncertain States | Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany | October 15, 2016 – January 15, 2017 

Essential Paysage | AL MAADEN Centre d’Art contemporain Africain, Marrakech, Morocco | November 7, 2016 – March 31, 2017 

VideoStudio: Meeting Points | The Studio Museum Harlem, New York, USA | November 17, 2016 – March 5, 2017

Sophia Al Maria 

Biennale of Moving Images | Centre d’art Contemporain Geneve, Switzerland| November 9, 2016 – January 29, 2017

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige 

Two Suns in a Sunset | Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany | October 28, 2016 – February 12, 2017

Rana Begum 

Flatland / Abstractions Narratives #1 | MRAC, Serignan, France | November 6, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Tarek Al Ghoussein 

Tarek Al Ghoussein | Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, USA | October 7, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Sherin Guirguis 

The Ease of Fiction | California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA | October 19, 2016 – February 26, 2017 

L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists | LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, USA | October 30, 2016 – April 2, 2017

Slavs and Tatars 

Mouth to Mouth | The Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland| November 25, 2016 – February 19, 2017 

Labor Relations. From the international contemporary art collection of Wrocław Contemporary Museum | Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, Poland | June 10, 2016 – March 27, 2017 

Köln Skulptur #8 | Cologne, Germany | June 2015 – June 2017 

SPRACHE | Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden, Germany | September 24, 2016 – August 20, 2017