Join esteemed panelists Dawn Ross (Head of Collections, Art Jameel, UAE), Nawar Al Qassimi (Vice President, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE), Sabih Ahmed (Associate Director & Curator, Ishara Art Foundation, UAE) and Vaidehi Savnal (Curator, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, India), in a conversation moderated by Inakshi Sobti (CEO, Asia Society) to discuss diverse models, regional dynamics, and future plans of UAE’s contemporary art institutions. Saturday, 13th January 2024, 12 PM followed by brunch at 📍CSMVS Museum, Open-air Amphitheatre 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai This event is free. *LIMITED SEATS* A video of the talk will be on our YouTube channel for viewing. Please join curator Vaidehi Savnal for an exhibition walkthrough of “Ancient Sculptures: India, Egypt, Assyria, Greece, Rome” at 3 PM at the Rotunda Heritage Wing, CSMVS museum Talk supported by India Art Fair
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Dawn Ross is Head of Collections at Art Jameel and oversees the Art Jameel Collection and associated exhibitions, both those at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai; Hayy Jameel, Jeddah, and loans with partner museums regionally and internationally. She is responsible for the development and direction of the Art Jameel Collection, including the acquisitions programme, conservation and display of work, curatorial content and collection management. Previously, she has worked in arts institutions and festivals in Australia, Scotland and the UAE, most recently heading up not-for-profit artist’s projects at Art Dubai. She has experience in museum collections, exhibitions, programming, audience outreach and community projects.
Sheikha Nawar Al Qasimi is an instrumental figure at the Sharjah Art Foundation, having worked there for over 10 years. Her imaginative vision has given the Foundation’s projects a new angle and has created a lively environment where creativity and cross-cultural exchange thrive. She works closely with Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi and curators of a number of biennial editions to assist in realising their vision.In her present position, she leads Foundation’s strategic planning as well as enhancing the organisation’s advocacy and catalyst role for the arts in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and beyond.
Sabih Ahmed is the Associate Director and Curator of the Ishara Art Foundation in Dubai. His curatorial work and research focus on modern and contemporary art of South Asia through diverse itineraries and inter-disciplinary formations. Prior to Ishara, he was with the Asia Art Archive as a Senior Researcher and Projects Manager where he was involved in establishing Asia Art Archive in India (AAA in I) in New Delhi. He has led numerous research projects that include the digitisation of artist archives, compilation of multi-lingual bibliographies and he has organised workshops, conferences and seminars on archiving and educational resources. He was a Visiting Faculty at the Ambedkar University Delhi from 2014-2019 and sits on the Advisory Board of Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation, Delhi. Ahmed’s curation and artist collaborations include being on the Curatorial Collegiate of the 11th Shanghai Biennale ‘Why Not Ask Again?’ curated by Raqs Media Collective in Shanghai (2016), ‘The Superhero Summit’ in collaboration with Taus Makhacheva at Kadist and Centre Pompidou in Paris (2019), ‘Navjot Altaf: Pattern’ at Ishara in Dubai (2021), and most recently ‘Notations on Time’ co-curated with Sandhini Poddar at Ishara (2023). Ahmed writes and lectures on various subjects. His essays and interviews have appeared in publications by The Whitworth, Arts of the Working Class, Arts Cabinet, Mousse, Oncurating, The Sarai Reader, among others. With Lantian Xie, he is the co-author of the newly release book 'Mass Traffic' published by Mousse Publishing and Kunsthalle Bern (2023).