SIKKA 2012, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority’s (Dubai Culture) dedicated artist-led fair of commissioned work by UAE talent, has unveiled the selected artists and their projects, for the fair’s second edition to be held from March 15 to 25, 2012 running concurrently with Art Week, Dubai’s premier umbrella arts initiative.
The artists were short-listed by SIKKA’s cross-disciplinary Selection Committee, chaired by the Authority, comprising established Emirati creative influencers including artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz, curator and publisher Rami Farook, and architect Khalid Al Najjar, together with Antonia Carver, Fair Director, Art Dubai, and Salem Belyouha, Projects & Events Director, Dubai Culture. The artists were chosen for the concept of their projects, their inspirations, techniques, mediums and know-how of the artists.
The artists who will present their works at SIKKA 2012 include: Mariam Abbas; Mohammed Abualqussam; Shamma Al Amri; Firas Audeh; Mona Ayyash; Khalif Al Banna; Isak Berbic; Nada Dada; Khawla Darwish; Nargis Dhirani; Zlatan Filipović; Mohammed Hindash; Rania Jishi; Abdul Rauf Khalfan; Alia Lootah; Farah Nasri; Martin Pakvis; Atul Panase; Maisoon Al Saleh; Yusra Saleh; UBIK; Sinisa Vlajković; and Lantian Xie.
Salem Belyouha, Projects & Events Director, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “The selected projects for SIKKA 2012 underline the evolving and varied visual arts landscape of the region. These artists have explored a spectrum of topics through mediums ranging from photography to mixed-media installations bringing a rich personal perspective to the work. Their participation will be an inspiration for emerging artists in the country and in turn contribute to enhancing original content creation.”
“SIKKA 2012 will present the direction of evolution of art in the UAE, led by artists here who integrate local ideas with global trends. SIKKA, thus, is the first window to the emerging art scene in the UAE,” he added.
SIKKA 2012 will be held at the historic Al Bastakiya, the vibrant cultural nerve-centre of Dubai. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the SIKKA website, become a fan of SIKKA on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.