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FOLIO is a podcast by Alserkal Avenue about arts and culture in the MENASA region. We speak to gallerists, artists, collectors, and curators to document the incredible growth and development of the region's contemporary art scene.

Latest Episodes

Soothing the Soothsayers

On this episode of the FOLIO podcast, we investigate the obsessive need to soothsay.

21 MINAUG 20
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Soothing the Soothsayers

Reflect & Reconnect: Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue

Ramadan Kareem. Pause, reflect, and reconnect. As part of Alserkal’s annual thematic on Maintenance, Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue encourages us to shift our focus towards discourses around maintenance, urging us to reconsider our present moment. Throughout the month, our Ramadan programme invites you to Iftar and Suhoor experiences, art and self-care workshops, thought-provoking discussions, exhibition openings and guided tours, film screenings and more, reflecting the communal spirit of Ramadan. In this episode of Conversations on the Avenue, we catch up with Butheina Kazim from Cinema Akil, Kenza and Patrick Jarjour from Inked, and Lola Boatwright from Gulf Photo Plus to hear about their Ramadan line-up. Our Alserkal Lates continue every Wednesday, and the galleries will open new shows during the 15 May edition of Alserkal Lates, when galleries will be open from 8-11PM. You’re also welcome to discover our many family-friendly activities throughout Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue, inclu...

15 MINMAY 5
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Reflect & Reconnect: Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue

Humanity as Refuge, Part II

The exhibition Fabric(ated) Fractures explored the complexities of sensitive spaces, a testament to human fortitude in the face of violence.

15 MINAPR 11
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Humanity as Refuge, Part II

Humanity as Refuge, Part I

The exhibition Fabric(ated) Fractures explored the complexities of sensitive spaces, a testament to human fortitude in the face of violence.

12 MINAPR 11
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Humanity as Refuge, Part I

Architecture Meets Nature: While We Wait

‘While We Wait’ is a stunning sculptural installation, constructed by quarried Palestinian stone in a tall, vertical structure of interlocking stone pieces. Crafted via a combination of ancient and cutting-edge technologies, the sculpture is destined to be installed permanently in the landscape that inspired it - the Cremisan Valley close to Bethlehem, Palestine. We talk to the designers and to curator, the V&A’s Salma Tuqan, about the work and the fascinating story behind it. While We Wait was commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. It was on show at Concrete in Alserkal Avenue from 5 November to 18 November.

29 MINFEB 13
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Architecture Meets Nature: While We Wait

A Force to Reckon With | Manal AlDowayan

Manal AlDowayan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most significant artists. Her impressive body of photography, sculpture, and video works is often on show on the other side of the world, while she is in situ elsewhere. AlDowayan’s keen sense of perspective makes for bold, exploratory pieces that speak of a woman’s lot in today’s world. At Alserkal Avenue, for example, AlDowayan exhibited a landmark multi-video installation (I Had No Wings, 2015), commissioned by Rolls Royce, that examined the (then) precarious position of women in Saudi as car passengers, but never drivers.Now, just following the installation of one her works at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, AlDowayan is preparing to leave for a major, site-specific solo show in Madrid with Sabrina Amrani Gallery ((12 January-30 March). Fari Bradley catches up with this Dubai-based artist, to find out more about her evolving methodologies, the shifting significance of her work, and the thought behind her practice. Follow AlDowayan's w...

28 MINJAN 3
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A Force to Reckon With | Manal AlDowayan

Alserkal Avenue | The First Decade (Part 2)

In the second of our special two-part series celebrating the first 10 years of Alserkal Avenue, we meet the founder of the Avenue himself, Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, to hear of his vision and ambitions in creating the biggest arts community in the region. He's joined by the director, Vilma Jurkute, and together, they reflect, discuss, and look ahead to the future of Alserkal Avenue.

26 MINJAN 2
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Alserkal Avenue | The First Decade (Part 2)

Alserkal Avenue | The First Decade (Part 1)

Join us in a celebration of Alserkal Avenue's first decade as we meet some of the people who have made the first ten years of Alserkal Avenue a unique success story. In this special two-part edition of Conversations on the Avenue, we meet with some of the creative visionaries and cultural entrepreneurs who have partnered with Alserkal Avenue over the past decade. Exploring the history of the neighbourhood, reflecting on its astonishing growth and looking forward to the future, we meet gallerist Yasmin Atassi of Green Art Gallery, Laura Egerton, Rami Farook of Satellite, Shelley Frost from The Fridge, Butheina Kazim from Cinema Akil and Janet Bellotto from Zayed University.

37 MIN2018 DEC 30
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Alserkal Avenue | The First Decade (Part 1)

Future Legends

From spooky foxes, to street-crawling museums, Communist icons to futuristic ghost cities. ADAPT TO SURVIVE: NOTES FROM THE FUTURE takes the unique visions of seven international artists to create a kaleidoscope of thrilling possibilities, surreal suggestions and esoteric explanations on how the future might yet evolve for us. Having exhibited in London’s Hayward Gallery, in its HENI Project Space under the auspices of curator Dr Cliff Lauson, the show is now running at Alserkal Avenue’s CONCRETE space, marking the first time a Hayward show has travelled to the UAE. In this special edition of CONVERSATIONS ON THE AVENUE, we meet curator Dr Lauson who walks us through this compelling collection of multimedia works, allowing us to absorb the ideas behind them and provide the basis for our own responses and reactions to the art. Presented and produced by Arsalan Mohammad.

32 MIN2018 NOV 8
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Future Legends
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Latest Episodes

Soothing the Soothsayers

On this episode of the FOLIO podcast, we investigate the obsessive need to soothsay.

21 MINAUG 20
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Soothing the Soothsayers

Reflect & Reconnect: Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue

Ramadan Kareem. Pause, reflect, and reconnect. As part of Alserkal’s annual thematic on Maintenance, Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue encourages us to shift our focus towards discourses around maintenance, urging us to reconsider our present moment. Throughout the month, our Ramadan programme invites you to Iftar and Suhoor experiences, art and self-care workshops, thought-provoking discussions, exhibition openings and guided tours, film screenings and more, reflecting the communal spirit of Ramadan. In this episode of Conversations on the Avenue, we catch up with Butheina Kazim from Cinema Akil, Kenza and Patrick Jarjour from Inked, and Lola Boatwright from Gulf Photo Plus to hear about their Ramadan line-up. Our Alserkal Lates continue every Wednesday, and the galleries will open new shows during the 15 May edition of Alserkal Lates, when galleries will be open from 8-11PM. You’re also welcome to discover our many family-friendly activities throughout Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue, inclu...

15 MINMAY 5
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Reflect & Reconnect: Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue

Humanity as Refuge, Part II

The exhibition Fabric(ated) Fractures explored the complexities of sensitive spaces, a testament to human fortitude in the face of violence.

15 MINAPR 11
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Humanity as Refuge, Part II

Humanity as Refuge, Part I

The exhibition Fabric(ated) Fractures explored the complexities of sensitive spaces, a testament to human fortitude in the face of violence.

12 MINAPR 11
Comments
Humanity as Refuge, Part I

Architecture Meets Nature: While We Wait

‘While We Wait’ is a stunning sculptural installation, constructed by quarried Palestinian stone in a tall, vertical structure of interlocking stone pieces. Crafted via a combination of ancient and cutting-edge technologies, the sculpture is destined to be installed permanently in the landscape that inspired it - the Cremisan Valley close to Bethlehem, Palestine. We talk to the designers and to curator, the V&A’s Salma Tuqan, about the work and the fascinating story behind it. While We Wait was commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. It was on show at Concrete in Alserkal Avenue from 5 November to 18 November.

29 MINFEB 13
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Architecture Meets Nature: While We Wait

A Force to Reckon With | Manal AlDowayan

Manal AlDowayan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most significant artists. Her impressive body of photography, sculpture, and video works is often on show on the other side of the world, while she is in situ elsewhere. AlDowayan’s keen sense of perspective makes for bold, exploratory pieces that speak of a woman’s lot in today’s world. At Alserkal Avenue, for example, AlDowayan exhibited a landmark multi-video installation (I Had No Wings, 2015), commissioned by Rolls Royce, that examined the (then) precarious position of women in Saudi as car passengers, but never drivers.Now, just following the installation of one her works at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, AlDowayan is preparing to leave for a major, site-specific solo show in Madrid with Sabrina Amrani Gallery ((12 January-30 March). Fari Bradley catches up with this Dubai-based artist, to find out more about her evolving methodologies, the shifting significance of her work, and the thought behind her practice. Follow AlDowayan's w...

28 MINJAN 3
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A Force to Reckon With | Manal AlDowayan

Alserkal Avenue | The First Decade (Part 2)

In the second of our special two-part series celebrating the first 10 years of Alserkal Avenue, we meet the founder of the Avenue himself, Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, to hear of his vision and ambitions in creating the biggest arts community in the region. He's joined by the director, Vilma Jurkute, and together, they reflect, discuss, and look ahead to the future of Alserkal Avenue.

26 MINJAN 2
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Alserkal Avenue | The First Decade (Part 2)

Alserkal Avenue | The First Decade (Part 1)

Join us in a celebration of Alserkal Avenue's first decade as we meet some of the people who have made the first ten years of Alserkal Avenue a unique success story. In this special two-part edition of Conversations on the Avenue, we meet with some of the creative visionaries and cultural entrepreneurs who have partnered with Alserkal Avenue over the past decade. Exploring the history of the neighbourhood, reflecting on its astonishing growth and looking forward to the future, we meet gallerist Yasmin Atassi of Green Art Gallery, Laura Egerton, Rami Farook of Satellite, Shelley Frost from The Fridge, Butheina Kazim from Cinema Akil and Janet Bellotto from Zayed University.

37 MIN2018 DEC 30
Comments
Alserkal Avenue | The First Decade (Part 1)

Future Legends

From spooky foxes, to street-crawling museums, Communist icons to futuristic ghost cities. ADAPT TO SURVIVE: NOTES FROM THE FUTURE takes the unique visions of seven international artists to create a kaleidoscope of thrilling possibilities, surreal suggestions and esoteric explanations on how the future might yet evolve for us. Having exhibited in London’s Hayward Gallery, in its HENI Project Space under the auspices of curator Dr Cliff Lauson, the show is now running at Alserkal Avenue’s CONCRETE space, marking the first time a Hayward show has travelled to the UAE. In this special edition of CONVERSATIONS ON THE AVENUE, we meet curator Dr Lauson who walks us through this compelling collection of multimedia works, allowing us to absorb the ideas behind them and provide the basis for our own responses and reactions to the art. Presented and produced by Arsalan Mohammad.

32 MIN2018 NOV 8
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Future Legends
the END