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Everything to Know About Art Abu Dhabi 2022 Returning to Manarat Al Saadiyat

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Art Abu Dhabi is all set to return to Manarat Al Saadiyat this year with a much bigger and bolder edition than seen previously. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the event will take place between November 16 and 20, 2022.

The exhibitors for the show will be given the opportunity to showcase their art in three distinct categories. The first is titled ‘Modern and Contemporary’ and will feature advanced and progressive art. The second category, ‘Special Projects’, will include galleries representing solo or duo artist collections, while the third will be called ‘Focus’, and will take part with artists chosen by a guest curator.

“We are delighted to invite galleries to apply for our 14th edition this year,” Dyala Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art stated in the announcement. “The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi has signaled a strong commitment to bolstering the growth of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) in the region and Abu Dhabi Art plays a key role for the visual arts in this endeavor through its engagement with galleries, artists, curators, exhibition organizers and other arts professionals at the fair.” She added, “A cornerstone of the arts and culture ecosystem in the city, Abu Dhabi Art strives to be a catalyst in its support for artists and for cultural producers of knowledge more widely. In this vein, for our Visual Campaign, we’ve selected leading Emirati artist, Farah Al Qasimi to work with.”

Farah Al Qasimi was recently featured in the New York Times and has been involved with Abu Dhabi’s Cultural Foundation. “Abu Dhabi is my home, and Abu Dhabi Art was one of the first major art events I attended when I moved back home after college, so it is great to be chosen for this year’s visual campaign. A lot of my work is about and for the Emirates, so I’m happy to be able to share these images in this way,” said Al Qasimi. “The images for the campaign are all from very different projects. I’d say that they reflect the range of different approaches in my practice, from observing the real world to building still lives and collages in-studio. There is also a relationship to performance and gesture.”

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