Saturday, March 03, 2007

Platform at Global Art Forum

Global Art Forum
The Forum, hosted by the DIFC Gulf Art Fair, brought an international group of over forty artists, curators, dealers, museum directors, critics and academics together for three days to focus on issues affecting art and the arts community, with the consideration of the Middle East as a driving force. Bringing an open forum to an Art Fair is a complex balancing act, as the commercial aspects of an art market often challenge the positions of artists, curators and exhibition makers. The DIFC Global Art Forum hopes to reconcile these diverse perspectives and map out the constellation of ideas and opinions defining art today and in the future. The central themes of this year's Forum were, The Next Ten Years of Contemporary Art in the Middle East and Cities and Culture.

Artists and their work
Wim Delvoye, Artist, Brussels, Belgium - with Vasif Kortun, Director Platform Garanti, Istanbul, Turkey

Middle East Focus
10:30 - 12:00 The Next Ten Years of Contemporary Art in the Middle East - Presentations and Panel Discussion
Saleh Barakat, Art Expert, Beirut, Lebanon; Camilla CaƱellas, Writer, Critic, Curator, Barcelona, Spain; Bassam El-Baroni, Art Critic Curator, Egypt
Hassan Khan, Editor, Bidoun, Cairo, Egypt; Jack Persekian - Director Sharjah Biennial, Curator, Founder and Director of Anadiel Gallery and Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem; Tirdad Zolghadr, Curator, Zurich, Switzerland; Moderator: Vasif Kortun, Director, Platform Garanti, Istanbul, Turkey

Open stage for the Middle East and South Asia
5.00 - 5.30 - Presentation: Platform Garanti, Turkey