Art Dubai: Central Asia and the Caucasus selected for Marker 2014

Art Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19 Mar 2014 - 22 Mar 2014

Art Dubai: Central Asia and the Caucasus selected for Marker 2014

Khalil Joreige & Joana Hadjithomas 'I stared at beauty so much : Waiting for the barbarians' (Edition of 6 + 2 AP), 2013, LCD screen, video loop. Courtesy of the artists & Galerie In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris

“After a focus on Indonesia in 2012, followed by West Africa in 2013, Marker 2014—dedicated to Central Asia and the Caucasus—expands to include an exciting publishing project plus educational initiatives, research, tours and talks.” – Antonia Carver, Fair Director, Art Dubai.

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 five booth exhibitions, plus dynamic educational and research initiatives.

Marker is one of three gallery programmes showcasing regional and international artists at Art Dubai, which takes place March 19-22, 2014, at Madinat Jumeirah. The fair is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group and is sponsored by Cartier and Emaar. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is a strategic partner of Art Dubai and supports the fair’s year-round education programme.

The art spaces invited to participate in Marker 2014 range from state institutions to galleries and artist-run initiatives, including: ArtEast (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan); Asia Art+ (Almaty, Kazakhstan); North Caucasus Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA) (Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russia); Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project (Tbilisi, Georgia); and YARAT Contemporary Art Space (Baku, Azerbaijian). 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.

At the fair, 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 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.

For the first time, Marker also features an extended education programme, which includes a research booth, daily talks and tours by curators and artists, and opportunities for upcoming curators to research and gain experience in this field. Marker’s education partner is Caspian Arts Foundation.

Showcasing the work of around 20 artists, Marker 2014 represents the most significant showing of work from Central Asia and the Caucasus to take place in the Middle East to date.


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