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Curated by Myriam Ben Salah, "Of Other Spaces" is on show at this year's edition of Art Dubai – the emirate's yearly art fair, which opened to the public Wednesday.Upon entering, the gallery floor is dominated by two machinelike installations by Neil Beloufa. One of these, "Space for success bathroom," 2016, does suggest a kitchen unit, albeit one designed for a very narrow space. The rest of the main gallery is preoccupied by the work of Basma Alsharif. Her installation "Trompe l'Oeil," 2016, covers two walls with large (295 cm x 295 cm) prints of a living room interior. A third wall is hung with 38 framed prints, while an eight-minute video is looped on a monitor deployed like a living room television, with a pair of salon chairs facing it for comfortable viewing.About half a year after the prize is awarded, artist and curator unveil the finished work during Art Dubai in an exhibition that also includes existing work by short-listed artists.A video installation looped in a gallery off the main space, Abu Hamdan's "Wall Unwalled," 2018, frames three stories on the cusp of individual liberties and state security technologies.Abu Hamdan feels a lot of art may yet be pulled from his Sednaya research.
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