This residency programme creates an environment for artists to express themselves. All the results can be seen at Art Dubai
Artists-in-Residence (A.i.R) has become an important aspect of the art scene in Dubai. The annual programme invites selected UAE-based and international creatives to create new work and develop their skills. It also provides a platform for artists and curators to exchange ideas.
Throughout the residency, participating artists are commissioned to produce site-specific works for Art Dubai Projects, and take part in a series of artists’ talks, workshops and other outreach programmes at locations such as Tashkeel in Al Fahidi.
The selected artists for A.i.R 2016 are Areej Kaoud (UAE), Moza Almatrooshi (UAE), Jumairy (UAE) and Lydia Ourahmane (UK/Algeria). The four artists have been in residence since January, with the programme culminating at Art Dubai.
Moza Al Matrooshi
Moza Al Matrooshi is a BA holder of a fine arts and creative enterprises degree from Zayed University in Dubai, specialising in interior design. After graduating, Almatrooshi developed an interest in human relationships with different spatial conditions in the UAE. With an interest for art as well as design, Al Matrooshi has worked in both fields and gained experience in architecture, design, event planning and art exhibitions. She has also written for several independent publications. Al Matrooshi’s current role is exhibition coordinator at 1971 Design Space in Sharjah. She is also developing her own artistic practice through the Sheikha Salama Emerging Artist Fellowship.
Areej Kaoud is a Palestinian artist raised in Montreal, Canada. She started producing art in Toronto, where she worked and completed a visual arts bachelor’s degree at York University, specialising in print-making and drama theatre. She then moved to London to complete a fine art masters at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and later a second masters in fine art curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. As a young artist, Kaoud has maintained a practice in silk screening, sculpture and conceptual art. Her first significant exhibition was at Propeller gallery in Toronto, and since then has also displayed work at Tashkeel in Dubai and Bargehouse Gallery in London. In March 2015, Kaoud’s work was part of the group exhibition ArtLab2/ FamaFame at the ASC Gallery in London, and the exhibition Sculptural Perspectives, part of her new curatorial project CollaCurating, was shown at Tashkeel. She is currently part of the group exhibition Vantage Point Sharjah 3 at Sharjah Art Foundation, and produces work from a private studio in Dubai.
Jumairy is an Emirati artist and musician based in Dubai. He describes himself as an experimentalist who employs a diverse range of new media, engaging the viewer’s sensory and aesthetic perception through auditory, visual and tactile strategies. Jumairy actively uses social networking sites to exhibit his work, challenging the boundary between the physical and the online; sustaining a level of attention, sharing, contextualisation, discussion and feedback, which characterises what most internet art involves.
Lydia Ourahmane lives in London and works between the UK and her native Algeria. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London and her artistic practice spans new media, video, public interventions, lecture-performance, sculptures and found objects. Through her work, she explores youth and transitional existences, surveillance and complex social and political structures. Ourahmane has presented works during Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and Ellis King Gallery in Dublin among others. Her work will be included in the group exhibition Territoires Arabes at Constantine Capital of Arab Culture 2015 and group exhibition Natural Instincts at the Espace Arlaud in Lausanne, Switzerland. Ourahmane was awarded The Nicholas and Andrei Tooth Travelling Scholarship 2014.