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Art Dubai's Global Art Forum 2016: The Future Was

009_08 / 25 February 2016

Ibraaz is pleased to present a selection of presentations that took place at the two Global Art Forum 10 launch events, which were held in the Dubai Design District and London's Institute of Contemporary Arts in January 2016. It will be back at its home at Art Dubai from 1619 March 2016. 


Image copyright of: Abu Dhabi Media - Al Ittihad Newspaper
Image copyright of: Abu Dhabi Media - Al Ittihad Newspaper
Courtesy Art Dubai.


Featuring live talks guided by a curated theme, the tenth edition of the Global Art Forum explores the ways in which artists, writers, technologists, historians, musicians and thinkers have imagined  and are shaping  the future. Titled The Future Was, Global Art Forum 10 is conceived by Shumon Basar as Commissioner, with Amal Khalaf and Uzma Z. Rizvi as co-Directors.


The Global Art Forum was launched by Art Dubai at its inaugural fair in 2007. In 2016, it is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and supported by Dubai Design District. The January session in London was held in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).





Amal Khalaf is an artist, researcher and curator. She is the Projects Curator at Serpentine Galleries and has been working on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. She is currently Commissioning Editor of Projects for Ibraaz and is a founding member of artist collective GCC, as well as a trustee of the Crossway Foundation.


Uzma Z. Rizvi is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of International Studies at the American University of Sharjah. Recent publications include Crafting Resonance: Empathy and Belonging in Ancient Rajasthan (2015), Decolonizing Archaeology: On the Global Heritage of Epistemic Laziness (2015) and World Archaeological Congress Research Handbook on Postcolonial Archaeology (2010). 





Shumon Basar was Director of Global Art Forum 6, Commissioner of Global Art Forum 7 and 8 and Director-at-Large of Global Art Forum 9. He is the co-author, with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist, of The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present (2015), he is also a founding member of the Fondazione Prada's Thought Council.



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