Marker 2015 and the curated programme’s focus on Latin America

Marker 2015 and the curated programme’s focus on Latin America

Art Dubai

Meu Hotel Brazil-Paraguay borders, 1918. LERC Archives. Roberto Khatlab Collection.

January 8, 2015

Art Dubai: Marker 2015 and the curated programme’s focus on Latin America
March 18–21, 2015

Marker is Art Dubai’s curated programme, located within the fair’s gallery halls, which focuses each year on a particular theme or geography, accentuating Art Dubai’s role as a fair of discovery and a site for intellectual exchange. The ninth edition of Art Dubai takes place March 18 to 21, 2015.

In 2015, Marker turns its focus to Latin America and the historical and contemporary connections between this region and the Arab world. Curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, Marker 2015 is the largest showcase of Latin American art in the Gulf to date. 

Marker is set to draw in curators, collectors and critics from Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East interested in connecting with upcoming and established artists from across Latin America. 

Luiza Teixeira de Freitas is an independent curator working between London and Lisbon, involved in curating private collections and a range of independent projects. She is also actively involved in producing artists’ books and independent publishing projects. 

“Representing the huge breadth of artistic talent in Latin America has been a great challenge,” says Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, curator of Art Dubai Marker 2015. “The selection of artists from across the region and across many creative disciplines provides a very unique insight into this thriving and exciting scene.”

In 2015, Marker expands and takes an unprecedented multidisciplinary approach. The programme includes:

–a collection of artists’ publications co-presented by Tijuana (Brazil) and The State (UAE) that draws connections between Latin America and the Arab world

–performance art, with renowned Colombian artist Maria Jose Arjona presenting long durational performances that explore the concept of time 

–a sound art programme by artists from across Latin America, selected by Marina Buendia (Brazil) and Maria Quiroga (Colombia); works are presented via specially designed sound chairs

–film programmes: Videobrasil, the São Paulo-based association that fosters and produces art and film across the geopolitical South, takes over the Art Dubai Cinema with a specially curated selection of films from their archive

Marker includes a group exhibition—a thematic, salon-style presentation of painting, drawing and sculpture by more than 15 Latin American artists, curated by Teixeira de Freitas. Artists, galleries and institutions from across Latin America have been invited to participate and are loaning work for this dynamic group show. 

Beyond Marker, the “Latin American spirit” spreads throughout the fair. Several galleries within the Contemporary halls have opted to showcase artists from the continent, while in the not-for-profit Projects programme, Maria Thereza Alves was recently announced as a participant in Art Dubai Commissions. 

Other artists and speakers are set to be announced as part of the fair’s not-for-profit programming over the coming weeks.

About Art Dubai
Art Dubai is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group and is sponsored by Emaar and Julius Baer. Madinat Jumeirah is home to the event. Art Dubai Modern is sponsored by Mashreq Private Banking.

The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is a strategic partner of Art Dubai, and supports the fair’s year-round education programme.

The ninth edition of Art Dubai takes place March 18 to 21, 2015. The gallery halls include 91 galleries from 40 countries, presented through three programmes—Contemporary, Modern and Marker. Art Dubai’s extensive not-for-profit programme includes Art Dubai Projects; an exhibition of works by winners of the annual The Abraaj Group Art Prize; a range of educational programmes including Sheikha Manal Little Artists and the community school Campus Art Dubai; and the critically acclaimed Global Art Forum.

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