How to Begin? Envisioning the Impact of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Posted October 12, 2010 by Anonymous

How can the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi position itself beyond serving as a pragmatic tool to boost tourism in its locale? What role can it play in the existing arts infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates and the larger area of cultural structures defined by the term “Middle East”? How can this museum accrue value for artworks that are produced in this region and its diasporas? Taking its cue from these questions, How to Begin? Envisioning the Impact of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi presents a collection of essays by artists, curators, and writers. In a setting where all strategic plans and arguments reside in conjecture, this publication not only aims to introduce a set of critical responses to the most recent support structures in the arts, but also imagines alternative possibilities for how these structures might be built and influence the practice of artists, curators, and other cultural producers. This project is the manifestation of creative and critical activity at a time when the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, still unbuilt, is surrounded by questions that linger without answers.

Özge Ersoy

The Agreement
Regine Basha

In Defense of the Corrupt Intellectual
Hasan Khan

If I Bite a Bicycle and Ride an Apple, I'll Know the Difference
Sohrab Mohebbi

Prophets and Profits of Art
Didem Özbek

The Museum as Myth
Sarah Rifky

Özge Ersoy is currently a Master of Arts candidate at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. She received her B.A. in Global and International Affairs from Bogazici University, Istanbul and Binghamton University, NY. She is the editor of BoltArt online arts and culture magazine, and occasionally contributes to magazines and newspapers on contemporary arts.