The long awaited DIFC Gulf Art Fair (GAF) will finally put Dubai on the international art fair circuit, bringing some of the most renowned art galleries in the world to our city. The Third Line is proud to represent the Gulf in this event through its signature presentation of contemporary Middle Eastern artists.
The Dubai gallery will be present not only at its GAF stand (C6), but also at the GAF Bidoun Bloomberg lounge with a curated mini exhibit, as well as a video art screening co-curated with Bidoun. In addition, The Third Line has mounted a solo exhibition in the Creek Art Fair in Bastakiya (area 56) with large scale paintings from Shezad Dawood’s The Battle of Algiers Suite.
The Third Line exhibition at the Gulf Art Fair includes work by Ala Ebtekar, Fouad Elkoury, Amir Fallah, Golnaz Fathi, Susan Hefuna, Mona Marzouk, Farhad Moshiri, Youssef Nabil and Marwan Sahmarani. The Third Line’s collaboration with Bidoun includes the screening of videos by Arwa Abouon, Shezad Dawood, Zeina Durra, Lamya Gargash and Laleh Khorramian.
The Third Line’s participation in the DIFC Gulf Art Fair is a significant indicator that the Dubai art scene has officially both stepped into the international limelight as well as gained international credibility.About The Third LineFormed in early 2005 by three partners, Sunny Rahbar, Omar Ghobash and Claudia Cellini, The Third Line is an art gallery bringing to Dubai art from the region, which until now has not had a platform. It creates paths that ultimately lead to a lively dialogue between the artists and the public.Since The Third Line's inception, it has regularly featured cutting-edge exhibitions, showcased international calibre artists and established a collector's base, which is ever-increasing. In April 2006, an Arab literary appreciation group called Kutub was launched, and in May and September respectively, an Arab Film Series to great success. It also hosts one-off artist talks and literary seminars. Furthermore, it recently introduced student programming with shows by Latifa College and the American University in Dubai, plus Moving Walls, a photojournalism exhibition with workshops on tour from New York. In February 2006, the gallery launched Hiraf – crafts in Arabic – a series of small scale exhibitions aimed at reviving contemporary Middle Eastern crafts.