Muhanad Ali – Curator

Muhanad Ali is a cultural producer, writer and curator. He is currently Arts Centre Manager & Curator, DUCTAC, Dubai. He was a Cultural Leadership International Programme grantee (2010) and earned his BA in English Literature at Damascus University (2002). Previously, Muhanad was a Project Manager at Art Dubai and went on to co-manage and curate Dubai Culture’s SIKKA Art Fair (2013). He headed the Artistic Production department at Damascus Opera House (2010) where he co-produced over 15 performances and festivals. As regular contributor to many Arabic newspapers, Muhanad mainly focuses on the changes in the GCC arts scene in the light of the rise and fall of Middle Eastern cities. He initiated the East/East-East platform (2015) which comprises a series of exhibitions at DUCTAC focusing on dialogues between artists from the geographical East.

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Fatima Albudoor

Born in Dubai, Fatima Albudoor is a UAE national who has lived and studied in Dubai, Boston, London and Dublin. She received a BFA in Studio Art from Northeastern University and School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA. As an artist and traveller, Fatima maintains a printmaking practice and her work combines writing, drawing and photography. Her work focuses on transience as well as familiar and interpersonal relationships. Fatima’s prints have been exhibited in the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s William Morris Hunt Memorial Library and featured in exhibitions in Boston, Dubai and Venice. In her studio at Tashkeel, Dubai, she can be found making silkscreen prints or caught photographing friends and family, documenting moments typically given to life’s ephemerality.

Artwork: Tawlat al Iftar (The Iftar Table)

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Amal Al Khaja

Amal Al Khaja graduated in 2013 from Zayed University with a BA in Fine Arts. She draws inspiration from her personal experiences and people-watching and continues to build her practice around her focal interest in installation art. Amal has participated in many local exhibitions including the SIKKA Art Fair and the UAE Fine Art Society Annual Exhibition. Her work was also exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2012, Amal was awarded the second place in the Fine Arts category in the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award. Currently, Amal is developing and refining her practice as a fellow in the prestigious Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship in Abu Dhabi. After finishing the programme, she hopes to orient her practice towards art therapy and education

Artwork: Untitled

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sara al haddad

a recent fulbright foreign exchange scholarship grantee, sara al haddad received an MFA in sculpture from maryland institute college of art and a BFA in visual communication from the american university in dubai. she has completed residencies at dubai community theatre & arts centre and a.i.r., dubai, and has also presented two solo exhibitions in dubai, one at pavilion downtown in 2012 and another at gallery of light in 2013. her a.i.r. residency culminated in an open studio exhibition parallel to SIKKA art fair and in commissioned site-specific works for art dubai projects, art dubai fair, madinat jumeirah. additionally, al haddad has recently been featured in a variety of group exhibitions including not really here at platform gallery, baltimore; beyond at abu dhabi art; a space, not a place: home at fox 3 gallery, baltimore; and in the group performance, women’s work, at the walters art museum, baltimore.

Artwork: '"i dont want them to think badly of you" she said'

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Jumairy is an artist and musician from Dubai, UAE. He employs a diversity of new media to stimulate all the viewers’ senses, intending to capture their attention via aesthetic engagement. Jumairy complicates the boundary between physical and digital by exploring the sensory immediacies of the digital. He primarily exhibits his work through social networking sites, web graphics and other contexts foregrounding its mediation.

Artwork: Left: But did you read?

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Khalid Mezaina

Khalid Mezaina received a BA in Visual Communications from the American University of Sharjah. After graduating, he undertook full-time employment for various art organisations including the Sharjah Art Foundation and Tashkeel in Dubai. Working primarily in design and illustration, Khalid is regularly featured in group exhibitions, projects and residencies both within the UAE and internationally. In the context of his independent studio practice, Krossbreed, Khalid creates print-based projects including textiles, editioned prints and posters, t-shirts, stationary, publications, illustrated murals and gallery pieces. He is a 2014-15 graduate of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship programme.

Artwork: Television of the Month

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Salama Nasib

Salama Nasib is an Emirati artist currently based in Dubai. Known most for her printmaking, she holds a BA in Visual Art from Zayed University and has exhibited at local and international venues including Tashkeel, Ara Gallery and Rira Gallery in Dubai; Meridian International Center in Washington DC; the Printmaking Center of New Jersey; and at the Venice Biennale. Salama was an inaugural participant of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship programme. Additionally, she was featured as a guest artist in the touring exhibition, Past Forward: Exhibitions from the UAE, hosted in several locations in the USA including Washington DC and Chicago, IL. Salama also worked as a Studio Coordinator at Tashkeel, where she stayed abreast of the latest Emirati art trends while managing seven studios, organising artistic and collaborative workshops and co-curating exhibitions.

Artwork: Reflections (series of 3)

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Dina Saadi

Dina Saadi was born in Moscow and raised in Syria. She holds a BA in Visual Communications from Damascus University of Fine Arts. Saadi has been based in Dubai since 2012 where she worked as an art director before opening a design boutique and pursuing a career in visual and street art. She has participated in a variety of workshops, competitions and festivals across the Middle East, Europe and the USA, and is also the recipient of several awards. In addition to her interest in street art, digital painting and illustration, Saadi has a passion for Arabic calligraphy.

Artwork: Bab Sharki Studio

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Safwan Subzwari

Safwan Subzwari is a multidisciplinary artist from Karachi, Pakistan. After receiving his BFA in Filmmaking from Columbia College Hollywood, Los Angeles, he returned to Pakistan where he continues to work in art, film and music. He is the writer and director of Laal (2015), a short film about a young Pakistani girl’s experience with arranged marriage. Subzwari has illustrated several children’s books including Kiski Topi Kaisi Topi (2012) and has exhibited at FN Design Studio in Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, Artists Commune, The Second Floor and Vision Art Gallery in Karachi. 

Artwork: Safety Manual

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Walid Al Wawi

Walid Al Wawi is a Palestinian artist. His experiments with human documentation through video, photography, text and installation have been recognised for their minimal approach, political views and ideas on the human condition. Walid’s artwork is driven by an innate need to educate and provoke the conscience with the subtlety of subject in the context of its negative space. His work, Place the Dots, which won the 2011 Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award, has been publicly referred to as the “Arab Spring painting”. In recent years, he has been featured in various group exhibitions, received several awards and completed a residency culminating in his first solo show. Walid’s work has been featured at both local and international art festivals. In 2014, at FIAC Paris, he completed his first live performance.

Artwork: Mjadara

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