In association with the British Council, DUCTAC’s Gallery of Light is very proud to host work from the award-winning British artist Jeremy Deller. Deller represented Great Britain at the 2013 Venice Biennale and the artwork on show here formed part of the exhibition.
Alongside the English Magic film that was central to the British Pavilion exhibition will be a making-of documentary plus a short film from the Vinyl Factory about how Deller put together the music that runs as a thread through the English Magic project.
To complement the show DUCTAC will be hosting a series of workshops inspired by Deller’s practise for local schools and universities.
'next to here' showcases 25 emerging photographers from North Africa and the Middle East. Their works have been selected from the results of ten workshops conducted over a period of almost a year (2013-2014) in ten cities of the MENA region and organized by the local Goethe-Institut branches with their respective partners. The workshops were held by photographers from Germany and the Arab World alike. While initially focusing on the human relationship with nature, the attention of the workshops evolved into a questioning of our surroundings: urban and rural environments, wwork-related issues as well as memory and everyday life. Selected works of nineteen photographers were chosen by the curator to tour as a regional exhibition throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In Dubai these works will be presented together with the worksof six UAE-based photographers who participated in the workshop with German photographer Maurice Weiss at Tashkeel in February 2014.