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Abboud was among five artists commissioned to complete site-specific work for the 2015 edition of Art Dubai (18-21 March), the emirate's yearly art fair.ADC is one of two nonprofit programs Khaldi curated for the 2015 edition of Art Dubai – the other being the fair's artist-in-residency program, A.i.R Dubai, an incubator for young local artists to benefit from exchange with their regional and international counterparts. Two sprawling halls of the Madinat Jumeira – where Abboud's balloons bobbed unobtrusively – were devoted to the 72 galleries from 35 countries touting contemporary art, with a focus on work from the greater Middle East.Since 2014, the fair has provided a platform for the region's 20th-century production with Art Dubai Modern, located in the Mina al-Salam, whose quiet and gracious ambit also hosts the Global Art Forum – the, at times irreverent, brain of Art Dubai.Five Beirut galleries manned stalls in the contemporary halls – Agial, Art Factum, Ayyam, Sfeir-Semler and Galerie Tanit. Sfeir-Semler believes that to keep foreign exhibitors coming back to Dubai, the fair must coordinate with other international events.
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