January 24 | Knowledge Transmission: from the Atelier to Remote Teaching – dominions of Ideas and Inheritance

7pm, DUCTAC's Art Forum

What roles have formal and informal education played in the UAE? Is there a shared cross-generational pedagogy despite apparent divergence? What necessitated the marked departure from the organic structures that propelled the creative spirit of the avant-garde ‘UAE 5’ to today’s more formal institutional approach? What has been lost and what has thrived as a result of this shift? 

Cristiana de Marchi curates and moderates a panel including ‘Is Old Gold?’ artist Fatima Albudoor, academic Elizabeth Stoney, filmmaker and writer Nujoom Al Ghanem and artist, cultural producer and curator Roberto Lopardo for a discussion on the history of UAE artistic “educations” – both formal and informal. 

Speakers:

Elizabeth Stoney
Nujoom Al Ghanem
Roberto Lopardo
Fatima Albudoor

Moderated by Cristiana de Marchi 


January 31 | Imitation, plagiarism and tribute: recurrences in visual arts

7pm, DUCTAC's Art Forum

How has the apparatus of the colossal international art world infiltrated, shaped and informed art practices in the UAE? Can a local-centric approach counter the press of the international? How does the conflation of these two systems, the local and the international, the emergent and the established, engender a spectrum of issues from isolation to imitation? Can self-sustainability be forged in these conditions? Is a kind of plagiarism via generational recurrence and resonance inevitable?

Cristiana de Marchi moderates ‘Is Old Gold?’ artists Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim and Hind Mezaina, academic, curator and cultural producer Dr. Nina Heydemann and anthropologist Beth Derderian as they investigate the relationship between international and local systems and the risks of becoming derivative in attempts to forge both an individual and a shared artistic identity. 

Speakers: 

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim
Dr. Nina Heydemann
Beth Derderian
Hind Mezaina

Moderated by Cristiana de Marchi


February 7 | The validation system: self-sustainability or foreign acknowledgement?

7pm, DUCTAC's Art Forum

As local artists forge internationally renowned careers, what balance can be struck between the local and the global? What defines success across different audiences and for the self? Can a career be made locally or is engagement with international narratives always necessary? What are the different tools of promotion and recognition available to local artists and how should they be combined? 

Cristiana de Marchi moderates a discussion between gallerist Isabelle van den Eynde, director of Art Dubai and former Editor of Canvas magazine Myrna Ayad, internationally published art expert, public speaker, and advisor to diverse arts initiatives Mahnaz Fancy and ‘Is Old Gold?’ artist Alia Lootah as they consider the roles played by art fairs, institutional shows, biennials and artist residencies in the composition of a successful yet self-actuated career. 

Speakers:

Isabelle van den Eynde
Myrna Ayad
Mahnaz Fancy
Alia Lootah

Moderated by Cristiana de Marchi


February 14 | The valley in between: generational disconnections, divergent agendas or a possible continuity?

7pm, DUCTAC's Art Forum

As the cultural and social context of the UAE shifts perpetually, what are the threads of continuity that could make up a shared generational connection? Are there any common agendas between these divergent generations? As the infrastructure shifts, is there any possible continuity between the UAE avant-garde and the youngest generation of contemporary practitioners? What is inherited, shared and propagated? What is lost? 

Cristiana di Marchi moderates ‘Is Old Gold?’ artist Shaikha Al Mazrou, writer Kevin Jones, curator of NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery Maya Allison and curator and writer Muhanad Ali (DUCTAC) in a discussion on generational disconnection and possibly sustained continuities. 

Speakers:

Kevin Jones
Maya Allison
Muhanad Ali
Shaikha Al Mazrou

Moderated by Cristiana de Marchi