I know, I know. As it’s a year late, though I hoard a lot of art show brochures, I eventually throw them out or it gets recycled to a gift wrapper or something else. Since previous SIKKA shows aren’t archived, I’m using only scraps of notes and what little I can remember. Excuses aside, this is one of the exhibitions that resonated with me.
Located in House No. 16, Voice for 2020, started as a live art installation encouraging passers-by to express what they love about UAE and wish for in 2020 (the year Dubai would host the World Expo), it turned to a space where the wishes and dreams of locals and expats alike hung from threads of paper.
It’s pretty cool to see how diverse everyone’s desires were, yet they all lead to the universal yearning for peace, love, happiness and success.
This year’s SIKKA15 art fair will start from March 14 till March 24 at the Al Fahidi historical neighborhood/Al Bastakiya area. Showing Emirati and Dubai-based artists’ talents alike, it’s always my favorite from the month-long Dubai Art Season.
Apart from that, I’m also going to Art Nights at DIFC on March 16, which is, alas, happening at same night as Galleries Night at Alserkal Avenue. Both opens more or less, the same kind of galleries, but it gets you curious, “What’s happening on the other side?”
There’s also Art Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah from March 18-21 which exhibits more than 50 galleries from around the world (they’re not kidding about this, I went in 2013 and it took me two trips to see half of it!), and Design Days Dubai at Downtown Dubai from March 16-20, which I would definitely recommend to interior and product designers, architects and art students . Both of which I don’t think I will be going to, but hey, if you can, go for it.