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Abu Dhabi Art Fair Announces Largest Fair to Date and 2022 Guest Curators for Gallery Sectors


78 galleries from 27 countries will be coming to Abu Dhabi from 16 - 20 November Rachida Triki named chief curator of this year’s Focus at the fair with a section on the North Africa

Two more gallery sector guest curators will bring new galleries and perspectives to the fair


Abu Dhabi, 20 July 2022: Abu Dhabi Art has announced its largest edition to date, with this year’s diverse gallery lineup featuring a record-breaking 78 galleries from 27 countries. Abu Dhabi Art will also welcome esteemed art historian Rachida Triki, gallerist Jade Yeşim Turanlı, and arts journalist Riccarda Mandrini as this year’s sector guest curators and collaborators for galleries at the fair. Taking place from 16 to 20 November at Manarat Al Saadiyat, the 14th edition of the fair will highlight artists from North Africa, Türkiye and the wider region. The Abu Dhabi Art fair has established itself as an influential annual platform for the burgeoning MENASA art scene, connecting galleries and artists from various geographical territories with collectors, art enthusiasts, and visitors from the region and beyond. The annual November art fair is the culmination of Abu Dhabi Art’s year-round visual arts programme. Last year’s highly successful fair has resulted in a record 45 galleries returning for the 2022 event, whilst also attracting the participation of 33 new galleries, demonstrating the international art world’s confidence in the region post-COVID. Hailing from countries spanning the globe – including Italy, Colombia, South Korea, Denmark and India – the array of local, regional, and international galleries will allow visitors to explore a wide selection of artworks from both established and emerging artists. Following its tradition of collaborating with distinguished arts professionals to highlight relevant contemporary themes in engaging ways, Abu Dhabi Art has invited art historian, Professor of Philosophy, and curator Triki to be the guest curator of this year’s Focus section under the theme New Tomorrows. The section will spotlight galleries and artists from North Africa and explore the artistic evolution of the region. Abu Dhabi Art has also appointed gallerist Turanlı of Pi Artworks and journalist Mandrini as guest curators for the fair, each bringing in a number of new galleries. Turanlı will focus on galleries and artists from Türkiye including first time exhibitors Dirimart and Galeri Nev İstanbul whilst Mandrini will bring together galleries from around the world with diverse programmes including galleries Mazzoleni, P420 and Dep Art Gallery. Dyala Nusseibeh, Director, Abu Dhabi Art, said: “Since the first fair in 2007, Abu Dhabi Art has played an integral role in the art eco-system in Abu Dhabi and the wider emirates, fueling the appetite for art in the region. Over the years, we have not only succeeded in bolstering the growth of the country’s cultural and creative industries but also in nurturing homegrown talent. Through collaborations with guest curators such as Rachida Triki, Jade Yeşim Turanlı and Riccarda Mandrini, we also continue to enable diverse perspectives to be present at the fair, ensuring that Abu Dhabi Art continues to be a place of discovery for our art collectors and wider public.” Triki said: “As the curator of this year’s Focus section, I had the pleasure of bringing together dynamic galleries that present works by established and emerging artists from the Northern Africa region. The works have been selected based on the section’s theme that links heritage and re-creation as a continual rebirth for New Tomorrows.” Mandrini said: “For this section, I wanted to bring together a diverse group of galleries and artists from different historical periods and geographies. The artworks presented by the galleries create an open narrative and a shared dialogue, writing a new page in art history, which we as individuals, regardless of our cultural and geographical affiliations, can feel part of.” Turanlı said: “Last year I was blown away by my visit to the extraordinary Abu Dhabi Art fair and by the energy it generates in the UAE. The fair’s content is very diverse, and it appeals to a vast audience. For this edition, there will be six Turkish galleries with extraordinary works on show by established and emerging artists from Türkiye. The selected galleries are pioneers, both locally and internationally, and cover a whole spectrum of art.” The Modern & Contemporary section of the fair this year will feature 44 participating galleries including: Agial Art Gallery (Lebanon), Aicon Contemporary (United States), Archer Art Gallery (India), Aria Gallery (Iran), Artside Gallery (South Korea), Aurora Vigil-Escalera Art Gallery (Spain), Azad Art Gallery (Egypt), Bernier/Eliades (Greece), Ceysson & Bénétière (France), Colnaghi (United States), Custot Gallery Dubai (UAE), Dastan Gallery (Iran), Dirimart (Türkiye), Elmarsa (UAE), Etihad Modern Art Gallery (UAE), Galería La Cometa (Colombia), Galerie Isa (India), Galería Yusto/Giner (Spain), GALLERIA CONTINUA (Italy), Gallery One (Palestine), Gallery Tableau (South Korea), Giorgio Persano (Italy), Grosvenor Gallery (United Kingdom), Hafez Gallery (Saudi Arabia), Hunar Gallery (UAE), Keumsan Gallery (South Korea), Lawrie Shabibi (UAE), LEE & BAE (South Korea), Leehwaik Gallery (South Korea), Leila Heller Gallery (UAE), Máxima Gallery (Cuba), Mono Gallery (Saudi Arabia), October Gallery (United Kingdom), Perrotin (France), Rossi & Rossi (Hong Kong), Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Spain), Salwa Zeidan Gallery (UAE), Sapar Contemporary (United States), Sanatorium (Türkiye), Tabari Artspace (UAE), Thomas Brambilla Gallery (Italy), Wadi Finan Art Gallery (Jordan), Zawyeh Gallery (UAE), and Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery (Luxemburg). In addition to the main Modern & Contemporary section, 37 galleries will be presenting curated booths in categories including Special Projects, Focus and Emerge. Participating galleries include: 1x1 Art Gallery (UAE), Afriart Gallery (Uganda), AGorgi Gallery (Tunisia), Aisha Alabbar Gallery (UAE), Anant Art Gallery (India),), ATHR (Saudi Arabia), Bernier/Eliades (Greece), Carbon 12 (UAE), Dep Art Gallery (Italy), El Yasmine Galerie D'art (Algeria), Galerie La La Lande (France), Galerie Mikael Andersen (Denmark), Galerie Venise Cadre (Morocco), Galerist (Türkiye), Galeri Nev İstanbul (Türkiye), Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio (Italy), Gallery Espace (India), Green Art Gallery (UAE), In Situ - fabienne leclerc (France), Khalifa Gallery (South Korea), (Nigeria), La Galerie 38 (Morocco), Le Violon Bleu Gallery (Tunisia), LIS10 Gallery (Italy), Mazzoleni (United Kingdom), Musk and Amber Gallery (Tunisia), Öktem Aykut (Türkiye), Osart Gallery (Italy), P420 (Italy), Pi Artworks (Türkiye), rhizome (Algeria), Salwa Zeidan Gallery (UAE), SARAI Gallery (SARADIPOUR) (Iran), Tabari Artspace (UAE), The Guild (India), The Third Line (UAE), and THK Gallery (South Africa). In addition to the physical fair, Abu Dhabi Art will continue to offer a virtual platform for collectors to explore works this year, accessible at explore.abudhabiart.ae. Abu Dhabi Art will announce further details of the fair’s programmes, sector themes, and the events in store for this edition in the months leading up to the fair. The annual November art fair is the culmination of Abu Dhabi Art’s year-round visual arts programme. Full list of Abu Dhabi Art fair’s 2022 participating galleries:


· 1x1 Art Gallery (UAE) · Afriart Gallery (Uganda) · Agial Art Gallery (Lebanon) · AGorgi Gallery (Tunisia) · Aicon Contemporary (United States) · Aisha Alabbar Gallery (UAE) · Anant Art Gallery (India) · Archer Art Gallery (India) · Aria Gallery (Iran) · Artside Gallery (South Korea) · ATHR (Saudi Arabia) · Aurora Vigil-Escalera Art Gallery (Spain) · Azad Art Gallery (Egypt) · Bernier/Eliades (Greece) · Carbon 12 (UAE) · Ceysson & Bénétière (France) · Colnaghi (United States) · Custot Gallery Dubai (UAE) · Dastan Gallery (Iran) · Dep Art Gallery (Italy) · Dirimart (Türkiye) · Elmarsa (UAE) · El Yasmine Galerie D'art (Algeria) · Etihad Modern Art Gallery (UAE) · Galería La Cometa (Colombia) · Galería Yusto/Giner (Spain) · Galerie La La Lande (France) · Galerie Mikael Andersen (Denmark) · Galerie Isa (India) · Galerie Venise Cadre (Morocco) · Galerist (Türkiye) · Galeri Nev İstanbul (Türkiye) · GALLERIA CONTINUA (Italy) · Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio (Italy) · Gallery One (Palestine) · Gallery Espace (India) · Gallery Tableau (South Korea) · Giorgio Persano (Italy) · Green Art Gallery (UAE) · Grosvenor Gallery (United Kingdom) · Hafez Gallery (Saudi Arabia) · Hunar Gallery (UAE) · In Situ - fabienne leclerc (France) · Keumsan Gallery (South Korea) · Khalifa Gallery (South Korea) · (Nigeria) · Lawrie Shabibi (UAE) · La Galerie 38 (Morocco) · LEE & BAE (South Korea) · Leehwaik Gallery (South Korea) · Leila Heller Gallery (UAE) · Le Violon Bleu Gallery (Tunisia) · LIS10 Gallery (Italy) · Máxima Gallery (Cuba) · Mazzoleni (United Kingdom) · Mono Gallery (Saudi Arabia) · Musk and Amber Gallery (Tunisia) · October Gallery (United Kingdom) · Öktem Aykut (Türkiye) · Osart Gallery (Italy) · P420 (Italy) · Perrotin (France) · Pi Artworks (Türkiye) · rhizome (Algeria) · Rossi & Rossi (Hong Kong) · Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Spain) · Salwa Zeidan Gallery (UAE) · Sapar Contemporary (United States) · Sanatorium (Türkiye) · SARAI Gallery (SARADIPOUR) (Iran) · Tabari Artspace (UAE) · The Guild (India) · The Third Line (UAE) · THK Gallery (South Africa) · Thomas Brambilla Gallery (Italy) · Wadi Finan Art Gallery (Jordan) · Zawyeh Gallery (UAE) · Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery (Luxemburg)



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For the full list of participating galleries please visit https://www.abudhabiart.ae/en/Art-Fair/Exhibitors/Galleries2022. For information on the curators please visit https://www.abudhabiart.ae/en/Art-Fair/Curators.

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