The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017
Omar Berrada (Ed.)
Providing an important platform for new and ambitious work from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, the ninth installment of the Abraaj Group Art Prize this year features seepage/ritual, an exhibition of the work of winner UK-based artist Rana Begum (b. 1977) and three short-listed artists: Saudi filmmaker and video artist Sarah Abu Abdallah (b. 1990), Egyptian artist Doa Aly (b. 1976) and Brooklyn-based Iranian artist Raha Raissnia (b. 1968). Organized by guest curator Omar Berrada, the exhibition featured at Art Dubai 2017 explores a reconfiguration of our geometries of attention through a playful engagement with literal geometry. As a companion, the the fully illustrated softcover publication is conceived as a parallel exhibition in book form, and contains original interventions by and in collaboration with the artists. Contributions by Omar Berrada, Rana Begum, Sarah Abu Abdallah, Doa Aly, Raha Raissnia and Milton Cruz.
7 ¼ x 9 in. / 136 pp / Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $29.00
ABRAAJ GROUP, DUBAI
The scene changes
Mark Dery, Ine Gevers, Sebastian Olma & Jonathan Brewer (Eds.)
In the words of Dutch visual artist Paul Segers (b. 1976), “I’m trying to comprehend or react to current issues of the 21st century. A century characterized by acceleration, polarization and technological overload that seems to blur lines between reality and fiction with each passing day.” What makes Seger’s nontraditional monograph so interesting is the visual journey he creates within four chapters, each including descriptions, extensive visuals and texts: “The Method”—full of collage-like drawing of ominous military armaments like swarms of drones; “The Infiltrator”—images of performance works; “The Machine Head”—Segers’s collection of mechanical inventions serving no purpose other than as metaphors for technological paradoxes; and “Daily Practice”— the artist’s imagined reenactments of postmodern workforce businesses and practices. Included are essays by Sebastian Olma reflecting on the artist in the here and now, Ine Gevers on the role of Segers as performance artist and Mark Dery ruminating on what we can learn from this humor-filled artist.
220 pp / 7 b&w and 96 color
Retail Price: $28.00