ACAW 2018 Signature Program


Hosted in collaboration with ACAW Consortium Partner, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai, UAE | January 25 – 26, 2019


Curated by ACAW Director, Leeza Ahmady

This year ACAW acclaimed annual art forum, FIELD MEETING, premier’s offsite for the first time in Asia, hosted at ACAW Consortium Partner, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai — the MENASA region’s foremost cultural destination and arts organization. FIELD MEETING Take 6: Thinking Collections will stage a dynamic string of pop-up exhibitions, performances, lecture-performances and discussions by noted multidisciplinary artists, thinkers and creative individuals from all regions of Asia (with a focus on East Asia) in the context of a large regional event, the Quoz Arts Festival.

Ahmady’s conceptual framework for FIELD MEETING Take 6 investigates the rightful place of an artist in relationship to one of the most prominently used terms in the art-world today: “collection”. By taking on the task of decategorizing the word “collection” from the gripping talons of the ever-burgeoning global art market, the program aims to reveal and reclaim the artist as the first collector. To collect means to gather and accumulate something significant, whether tangible or not. In this light, artists gather everything, be they specific aspects of reality, fiction, or other diverse subject matter. They do this by the sheer nature of their activities as artists; the gathering and treatment of daily experiences, ideas, feelings, intuition, education, training, research, history, stories, etc. Artists accumulate such content by absorbing abstract, physical and conceptual energies within their consciousness to eventually transform them into a given form. In other words, artists create bodies or containers for the collection of their own ideas, insights, and mechanisms that become identified as art objects in the world.


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Presenting Artists & Professionals

Amina Ahmed (New York & Tehran), Khadim Ali (Sydney & Kabul), Stephanie Bailey (Hong Kong), Burçak Bingöl (Istanbul), Bingyi (Beijing), Ronghui Chen (Shanghai), Heman Chong (Singapore), Nikhil Chopra (Goa), Lara Day & Pi Li (Hong Kong), Natasha Degen & Sandra Skurvida (New York), Rana Dehghan (Tehran), Alexis Destoop (Sydney & Brussels), Arahmaiani Feisal (Yogyakarta & Tibet), Yuan Gao (Beijing), Nadira Husain (Berlin), Hasanul Isyraf Idris (Penang), Ranbir Kaleka (New Delhi), Naiza Khan (London & Karachi), David Libertson (New York), River Lin (Paris & Taipei), ST Luk-Arakawa & Madeline Gins (New York & Tokyo), Umber Majeed (New York & Lahore), Bahman Mohammadi (Tehran), Francesca Recchia (Kabul), Bassem Saad & Edwin Nasr (Beirut), Sam Samiee (Tehran), Moe Satt (Yangon), Ali Shayesteh (Hamadan), Zolaykha Sherzad (Kabul & New York), Vladislav Sludskiy & Olga Vesselova (Almaty), Haiyang Wang (Beijing), Wong Kit Yi / Ali Wong (Hong Kong & New York), Chongbin Zheng (San Fancisco & Shanghai)



About Alserkal Avenue

Situated in AI Quoz, Dubai’s industrial quarter, Alserkal Avenue spreads across 500,000 square feet where over 60 creative concepts, ranging from contemporary art galleries to an independent cinema, coexist to build a symbiotic community. Over the last decade, Alserkal Avenue has become the MENASA region’s (Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia) foremost cultural destination and arts organization. The sixth edition of Alserkal Avenue’ s Quoz Arts Festival in January 2018 attracts over 15,000 attendees. Premiering ACAW FIELD MEETING in Dubai in the context of this festival fulfills ACAW’s longstanding commitment to promoting a more robust future of inner-Asia collaborations, exhibitions and educational initiatives, particularly between the countries of East Asia and West Asia (The Middle East).


Captions: Top: Lin Yilin, The First 1/3 Monad, 2018, video still; Left: Wang Haiyang, The City of Dionysus, 2018, film still; Middle: Bingyi, Ruins, 2015-2018, film still; Right: Bahman Mohammadi, Australopitecus, 2010, painting on photographic paper.