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Ibraaz Talks: Art Dubai 2013

Murtaza Vali: On Domesticity

004 / 29 March 2013

This March, Ibraaz launched its public programme in partnership with Art Dubai. Dubbed Ibraaz Talks, this is a series of specially curated conversations with artists, curators and writers at Art Dubai. Each participant was invited to respond to a particular issue or keyword that they felt in some way addressed formal and conceptual issues affecting contemporary visual culture. Each session acts as a discursive mapping of ideas, spanning a broad gamut from Egyptian literature to modern warfare.


For our first conversation, independent curator, critic and this year's Guest Curator for the Abraaj Group Art Prize speaks about the notion of domesticity. Vali looks at the domestic through the lenses of contemporary artistic practice and uses his most recent exhibition extra | ordinary as a case study to illustrate this. The conversation then develops to encompass all matter of things from coming of age, piety and fatherhood.



Murtaza Vali is an independent writer, art historian and curator living between Sharjah and Brooklyn. Vali is curator of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2013.


About the author

Omar Kholeif

Omar Kholeif is a curator, writer, editor and sometime producer. He is the Manilow Senior Curator at the MCA Chicago. Previously he was Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Senior Visiting Curator at Cornerhouse and HOME, Manchester and Senior Editor at Ibraaz. The author of over a dozen books, he also writes widely for the international press and was a founding editor of Portal 9, an Arabic-English journal of urbanism and architecture. His publications include, Vision, Memory and Media (2010),  Far and Wide: Nam June Paik (2013), You Are Here: Art After the Internet (2014), Jeddah Childhood circa 1994 (2014), Before History (2015), Two Days After Forever: A Reader (2015) and Moving Image (2015). Follow Omar on Twitter: @everythingOK.