Art Dubai: Exploring Marker 2014, curated by Slavs and Tatars

Art Dubai: Exploring Marker 2014, curated by Slavs and Tatars

Broaching issues of faith, identity and language

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With a geographical focus zoned in on Central Asia and the Caucasus, Art Dubai presents its plans for the celebrated Marker program

As the leading international art fair in the MENASA (Middle East/North Africa/South Asia) region, Art Dubai presents its Marker program - a concept that focuses either on relevant and significant themes or specific geography.

This year, Marker has been curated by the artist collective Slavs and Tatars, and it will run in conjunction with a show of their own, at The Third Line gallery in Dubai.

Slavs and Tatars' geographical focus for Marker is Central Asia and the Caucasus, and it will contain five booth exhibitions – and the work of around 20 artists – when it launches this coming Wednesday at Art Dubai, being held at the Madinat Jumeirah. As well as education and research programs, Marker seeks to broach issues of faith, identity and language.

Having invited five art spaces to participate in this year's program, Slavs and Tatars curated program will feature galleries and artist-run initiatives by ArtEast (based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan); Asia Art (from Almaty, Kazakhstan); North Caucasus Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA) (Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russia); Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project (Tbilisi, Georgia); and YARAT Contemporary Art Space (hailing from Baku, Azerbaijian).

In their own words, the team has conceived a "regime of portraiture" that ranges from mid-20th century paintings to contemporary drawings and sculpture. Scroll through the gallery below to discover a taste of what to expect: