A.i.R Dubai, the residency programme run by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority,Tashkeel, Delfina Foundation and Art Dubai, returns to Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood for the fourth year. Six artists are invited to develop projects for Art Dubai through a three-month residency, working together in studios and taking part in an expanded outreach programme of talks, reading groups, screenings, publications and open studios.
In 2015, the residency programme is particularly diverse: UAE-based artists selected via a competitive Open Call include the established Khorfakkan-based artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim; photographer and writer Hind Mezaina; Sharmeen Syed, whose practice references architectural research; and painter and multi-media artist Jessica Mein. The artists joining them in the residency from abroad are the Amsterdam-based, former Rijksakademie resident Mehraneh Atashi, who works in photography, video and installation and has been recently pre-occupied with the concept of entropy, as well as Beirut-based artist Rheim Alkadhi, who weaves poetic collages from objects, texts and images.
Mehraneh Atashi was born in 1980 in Tehran and is currently living in Amsterdam, where she was a resident at the Rijksakademie in 2013/14. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2012), the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris (2009/2007) amongst other venues.
Rheim Alkadhi is an artist engaged in an expanding visual field. Recent projects include the online digital work Picture City Body, the object based exhibition Here Is My Life Which I Devote to Learning About You, and the social intervention Collective Knotting Together of Hairs. She is based variously in the Middle East and North Africa.
Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim was born in Khorfakkan, UAE in 1962. His work has been exhibited internationally, including the Sharjah Biennial in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2007, the 2009 Venice Biennale, the Dhaka Biennial in 2002 and 1993, the 2000 Havana Biennial, the 1998 Cairo Biennial, and the Institut du Monde Arabe in 1998.
Jessica Mein was born in 1975 in São Paulo, Brazil. She received her MFA from Hunter College and currently lives and works in Dubai. Solo exhibitions include Simon Preston, New York, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, The Pavilion Downtown, Dubai. She has also exhibited as part of The Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf and Wellin Museum, Hamilton College, New York
Hind Mezaina is a photographer and writer from Dubai. Hind’s photography and site-specific installations has been exhibited in the UAE and has also participated in numerous international photography exhibitions. Her award winning blog theculturist.com covers cultural news, events, reviews in the UAE and beyond – with an emphasis on film, music, photography and travel.
Sharmeen Syed is a Pakistani artist, born in Dubai. She was raised between San Francisco, Karachi, Nairobi and Dubai. Syed is trained as an architect and is a practicing architect and researcher. Her subject matter lies in the fields of cultural geography and sociology of space with a focus on the investigation of social histories and realities using analogical devices.
- Al Fahidi neighbourhood. Courtesy of Art Dubai.