The 15th edition of Art Dubai was the most extensive to date, 100 galleries were represented with more than 40 from the Global South, including particularly strong representation for South Asian and African galleries. In order find out more about the regional and international art scene, Fashion Trust Arabia spoke to Benedetta Ghione, executive director at Art Dubai.
Responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of the fair and with over fifteen years of experience in art business, Ghione holds a BA and MA in History of Art and Contemporary Art Theory, respectively. Ghione joined Art Dubai in 2015, and among other responsibilities, she focuses on institutional engagements, nurturing artistic practices and public and educational engagement.
What was the highlight of the 15th edition of Art Dubai?
Our partners only made this edition of the fair even more special as they added strong content and commissioned artists who brought valuable experiences to our visitors of all ages. For example, A.R.M. Holding expanded their children’s program at the fair, where they had artist Cyrus Kabiru (represented by AKKA Project) conduct workshops for kids to teach them how to repurpose everyday materials – engaging young minds on important social and environmental issues.
And with Dubai becoming one of the world’s crypto hubs, we introduced a new gallery section dedicated to new media and digital art: Art Dubai Digital. This section had a comprehensive, 360-degree introduction to this fast-developing landscape; a beautifully-curated selection of artworks presented by international galleries and digital platforms, complemented by an extensive talks program. We wanted to provide digestible content around these topics, which we did through the 15th edition of the Global Art Forum, and a new series of Bybit Talks that explored the basics of art in the metaverse. We also expanded our Campus Art Dubai program by offering an eight-week course attended by UAE and international artists which culminated in an exhibition of new NFT works at the fair.