Art, culture and discourse at Alserkal Art Week

  • Posted by: Rupashree Ravi

Get ready for everyone’s favourite celebration of art, heritage and meaningful conversations returning this weekend for an exciting edition. Alserkal Art Week kicks off on February 25 and runs until March 3, offering an engaging collage of installations, exhibitions, slow art walks, workshops, pop-ups, and a welcoming community space where everyone belongs.

The week-long event will kick off with Nalini Malani’s Can You Hear Me?, setting the tone at Concrete. The renowned artist and video art practitioner's immersive installation featured a large-scale, nine-channel video installation comprising over 50 iPad-drawn animations created from 2017 to 2020. The coming days will be jam-packed with more like this. Walk With Me, the 2024-2025 series of Alserkal Art Foundation’s public art commissions, has been curated by Zoé Whitley, and features works by artists like Dima Srouji, Abbas Akhavan,Vikram Divecha and Asma Belhamar.
The inspiration behind this specific curation is Rumi’s poem Keep Walking and Brenda Hillman’s reflections in Walking the Dunes, combined with the exploratory nature of Alserkal Avenue, how you can access the whole of the space on foot and ditch the car. Visitors are invited to explore the winding lanes and roads of Alserkal through the art of walking.
Meanwhile, in the realm of dialogue, the Majlis Talks will align with the theme "Let the beauty we love be what we do," bringing together a vibrant mix of artists, architects, playwrights, musicians, and filmmakers. In addition, there were talks by participating artists and curators discussing their respective pieces.

For the night owls, Alserkal Lates will be enlivening the evenings, offering Slow Art Walks to visitors and bringing them a chance to leisurely explore the art. Additionally, 12 new and intriguing exhibitions will debut at the Avenue's contemporary art galleries, accompanied by Majlis Talks and dynamic public art commissions.

Feature Image: Alserkal Avenue