Artroom, edition II – collective loft – Press Release Jan 24 2016

For Immediate release:

January 24th 2016

Antidote, art & design platform announces Artroom, edition II.

Artroom, edition II – Collective loft

 March 9th – 31st 2016

  • Artroom is a unique concept in Dubai, inviting the audience to discover an ephemeral art and design collection in an informal and relaxed private environment. This edition will take place in a warehouse in the heart of Al Quoz, opposite Al Serkal Avenue.
  • Collective loft, is a life-size installation of the interior of a young collector’s home, who picked up pieces with a special connection to the places he visited around the world, creating a well rounded international collection with special emphasis on the Middle East.
  • Artroom, edition II features artworks and handmade design pieces by 22 artists and  designers from 11 countries: Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, France, Cuba, USA, Argentina among others. The big focus of this edition are emerging artists from the region.

Ibrahim Quraishi, recipient of numerous awards (e.g. The Mondriaan Fonds Grant Award 2014), and French designer Smarin (introduced in the UAE by Antidote during Downtown Design 2015) have been commissioned site-specific installations for this collection.

Martin Reyna’s large scale works on paper will bring an interesting perspective on abstraction to the collection. Reyna is a well-established Argentinean artist present in several private, corporate and museum collections (e.g.: MAC, Lima, Peru and MACRO, Rosario, Argentina).

Antidote announces a new collaboration with two Pakistani artists, Idrees Hanif and Aamir Habib. For edition II, we are introducing their 3D pieces in cement and neon. Also Mohamed Rabie, young emerging Egyptian artist whose rich paintings draw from his heritage and cultural practices.

Complete list of artists and designers participating in Artroom:

Salar Ahmadian, Severine Blanchet, Daniel Farioli, Cedric Galopin, Curtis Gannon, Aamir Habib, Idrees Hanif, Antoine Grospiron-Jaccoux, Farah Mahbub, Sarah Mumtaz, Stephanie Marin, Andre Meyerhans, Tahir Mahmood, Didier Naert, Chantal Parise, Position Collective, Jorge Luis Pouyu, Ibrahim Quraishi, Mohamed Rabie, Martin Reyna, Joëlle Verstraeten, Saira Wasim.

About Antidote :

Founded in 2015 by Laure Parise and Najeh Zimmermann, Antidote is an online platform, based in the UAE, that serves the careers of talented, emerging and mid-career visual artists and designers. Profiting from the dual approach and direct relationship with artists and designers, Antidote creates spaces and exhibitions, highlighting exceptional artists from its roster in various locations throughout the UAE and abroad.

 Antidote partners:

– Zumtobel Group.

Leading international supplier of integral lighting solutions that enable people to experience the relationship between light and architecture.

For Zumtobel it is not about the light as an element in itself, but about the architectural, emotional and functional effect it has on space. Light is an essential feature of museums and art galleries, therefore they partnered with museums and galleries by customizing lighting solutions (e.g.: The Museum of Islamic Art – Qatar, the Salsali Private Museum – Dubai and Warehouse421 – Abu Dhabi).

We are very excited that Antidote will host their temporary collection at Zumtobels premises. Antidote has proven to be very creative and it will be interesting to see how they will transform the warehouse into an arty living space. The interaction between the elegant art pieces and the industrial look of the space will create a unique experience.  Donna Dederding Regional Marcomms & PR Manager Zumtobel Group

– Alliance Francaise :

The Alliance Française of Dubai was founded in 1983, it’s mission is the promotion of French and Francophone language and culture in the UAE and to bring together cultural actors from both countries. The Alliance Française offers also French courses and certifications for all levels.

The Alliance Francaise includes a media library with more than 20,000 books, DVDs and video games, administration offices, 12 classrooms and an auditorium hosting regularly Theater plays, conferences or movies organized by the Alliance Française

Among it’s cultural activities the Alliance Française is honored to work with Antidote a creative platform in the Middle East and has already supported two past photography exhibitions: “Paris Vintage and “Flying Away in 2015.

« The Alliance Française attentive to the cultural and artistic meetings between France and the UAE supports Antidote which proposes a pallet of high-level contemporary artists and designers. Bernard Frontero, Director of Alliance Française of Dubai.

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