This year, FIAC, the Paris-based international fair for contemporary art, celebrates its 40th anniversary, with a promising line-up which includes galleries and artists from the Middle East. The anniversary edition will be held from October 24th to 27th at Paris’ Grand Palais with a selection of 184 galleries from 25 different countries, and an extra program at the Jardin des Tuileries, the Jardin des Plantes, and Place Vendôme.
The program features concert performances by Lebanese sound-designer, Tarek Atoui; gallery visits at night ; and the famous Marcel Duchamp Prize. Among the nominees competing for the prize are French-Syrian and Bruxelles-based abstract and figurative painter, Farah Atassi, and ready-made inspired French-Moroccan artist, Latifa Echakhch, represented by Gallery Kamel Mennour in Paris.
Dubai-based gallery, The Third Line, represents internationally reputed Arab artists such as Moroccan and London-based artist and fashion designer, Hassan Hajjaj. The gallery will also exhibit a selection of five other artists, including Sharjah-based Ebitsam Abdulaziz; Iranian performing artist, Abbas Akhavan; Canada-based and Tehran-raised installation artist, Babak Golkar; Egyptian photographer, Youssef Nabil with his star-studded ‘Veiled Women’ series ; and Iranian mosaic sculpture and installation artist, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Next to The Third Line, Lebanese gallery Sfeir-Semler and Tel Aviv based gallery Dvir will also host a selection of their most representative and commercially attractive artists.
In the meantime, French entertainment company, Say Who, published a trailer entitled What the FIAC?, which you can watch here.