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24 Jan 2022

Emergeast to participate in Art Dubai

Alia Kawar

We’re excited to announce that Emergeast will participate in this year’s Art Dubai taking place from March 11 to 13. The fair’s inaugural digital section demonstrates the impact NFTs will have on the future of art & art collecting as we know it.

We’re looking forward to be part of a great selection of galleries, institutions, and DAOs representing this innovative revolution in the art world (and beyond).

A Meadow for Shabdiz, NFT Animation, Hana Shahnavaz

This year’s fair which will be returning to its home in Madinat Jumeirah will have organisers diving deeper into the digital and crypto art space with the launch of Art Dubai Digital, a new section dedicated to digital art and NFTs.

Chris Fussner, director of the Tropical Futures Institute in Cebu in the Philippines, is curating the section, bringing galleries such as Postmasters from New York, whose programming in digital art stretches back to the 1980s, and Emergeast, a young digital platform from the region founded in 2014. In total, Fussner’s selection includes 16 galleries and platforms presenting artworks in a physical format for visitors.

NFT Animation, Mays Almoosawi

A number of the fair’s programmes are also putting blockchain at the centre. The current Campus Art Dubai, for example, will be a Blockchain Edition featuring an eight-week course that will support 12 artists from the UAE and abroad who are working in digital art.

Art Dubai Digital marks the fair’s fourth gallery section, with the others categorised into contemporary, modern and Bawwaba, the last focusing on works created in the past year or made specifically for the fair.

A total of 100 galleries are participating at Art Dubai 2022, 30 of which are included in the fair for the first time. Of the 40 countries represented in the list, more than half belong to the Global South, a region that the fair’s organisers have been incorporating into its programme as it markets itself as the primary marketplace outside of the western art fair circuit.