The Opening Ceremony of SIKKA Art Fair 2014
Celebrating Emirati art and beyond
Held at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, the cultural nerve-centre of the city, the SIKKA Art Fair is a flagship initiative under Dubai Culture's 'Art Season', and it has kicked off this week, providing visitors the opportunity to engage with emerging artists and gain an understanding of contemporary artforms.
SIKKA joins four premier arts and culture initiatives including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, Middle East Film & Comic Con and the Gulf Film Festival, as part of the season.
Over 50 artists and multi-disciplinary initiatives – representing 25 nations – will create a host of site-specific work, spanning an array of mediums including audio and video installation; multi-disciplinary initiatives; artistic installations; music performances; and visual arts, such as painting, photography, and sculptures.
With Emiratis representing the majority of the artists this year, the fair will also see works by talents from Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, South Korea, Syria, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, among others.
The artworks were curated by Her Highness Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, Founder and Director of FN Designs, and Japanese architect and programme director Kayoko Iemura, the official curators of 'Dubai Art Season' and SIKKA, and assisted by Yusaka Imamura, the Art Advisor to the fair.
The fair will also host the Open Studios Exhibition featuring works by the artists selected for the annual Artists-in-Residence (AiR) Dubai programme, with the participants creating site-specific work.
The SIKKA Art Fair rns until March 25, find out more about its daily highlights, now.