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Art in the time of coronavirus: Art Jameel seeks digital works from across Middle East


Dubai-based Art Jameel has issued an open call for digital art to artists from or based in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

Art Jameel Commissions is an annual, multi-year programme that’s foundational to the programming of the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai. In its third iteration, this year the programme responds to the world in COVID-19 crisis in the form of Art Jameel Commissions: Digital, the independent organisation said in a statement on Monday (Apr 13).

Art Jameel invites artists to submit proposals online by June 10.

The winning artist will walk away with $7,500 and a dedicated production budget for the project that will be launched and exhibited online for at least six months through 2020-21.

The winning work will be selected by a jury through the summer. The jury will comprise Nadim Samman, curator for the Digital Sphere at Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Jenna Sutela, a Finnish word, living media and sound artist, and Ben Vickers, publisher and Chief Technology Officer at London’s Serpentine Galleries.

Art Jameel is looking for work focused on the theme of ‘Time’.

The first edition of the Art Jameel Commissions series focused on sculpture and was awarded to Kuwait-based artists Alia Farid and Aseel AlYaqoub, culminating in the installation Contrary Life: A Botanical Light Garden Devoted to Trees. The second, focused on Arts Writing and Research, was awarded to Syrian, Palestinian and Greek writer Nadia Christidi, who spent her three-month residency at Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai, developing a publication exploring the impending water crises and potential responses.

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