E-Issue 03 –– TYO Fall 2021
  1. Editor’s Note
  2. What’s On in TYO
  3. Pop(Corn): Nimyu
  4. Ahmad The Japanese: Bady Dalloul on Japan and Belonging
  5. Rapport: Tokyo
  6. Alexandre Taalba Redefines Virtuality at The 5th Floor
  7. Imagining Distant Ecologies in Hypersonic Tokyo: A Review of “Floating Between the Tropical and Glacial Zones”
  8. Ruba Al-Sweel Curates “Garden of e-arthly Delights” at SUMAC Space
  9. Salwa Mikdadi Reflects on the Opening of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Arab Center for the Study of Art
E-03++ Fall/Winter 2021-22
IST “Once Upon a Time Inconceivable”: A Review and a Conversation
RUH Misk Art Institute’s Annual Flagship Exhibition Explores the Universality of Identity
RUH HH Prince Fahad Al Saud Discusses Saudi Arabia’s Artistic Renaissance
Engage101 Presents “Connected, Collected” at Sotheby’s Dubai

E-Issue 02
NYC Spring 2021
  1. Editor’s Note
  2. What’s On in NYC
  3. Pop(Corn): Zeid Jaouni
  4. You Can Take The Girl Out Of The City 
  5. Rapport: NYC
  6. Kindergarten Records Discuss The Future of Electronic Music
  7. Sole DXB Brings NY Hip-Hop To Abu Dhabi
  8. Wei Han Finds ‘Home’ In New York
  9. Vikram Divecha: Encounters and Negotiations

E-02++ Spring/Summer 2021
DXB “After The Beep”: A Review and Some Reflections
OSA Rintaro Fuse Curates “Silent Category” at Creative Center Osaka
AUH “Total Landscaping”at Warehouse 421
TYO “Mimicry of Hollows” Opens at The 5th Floor
TYO Startbahn, Japan’s Leading Art Blockchain Company, Builds a New Art Infrastructure for the Digital Age
DXB There Is A You In The Cloud You Can’t Delete: A Review of “Age of You” at Jameel Arts Centre
BAH Mihrab: Mysticism, Devotion, and Geo-Identity
LDN Fulfilment Services Ltd. Questions Techno-Capitalism on Billboards in London
DXB Ana Escobar: Objects Revisited
TYO BIEN Opens Two Solo Exhibitions in Island Japan and Parcel
CTU/AUH/YYZ Sabrina Zhao: Between Abu Dhabi, Sichuan, and Toronto
RUH Noor Riyadh Shines Light on Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Art Strategy
DXB A Riot Towards Landscapes
DXB A ‘Menu Poem’ and All That Follows
DXB Alserkal Art Week Top Picks 
DXB Permeability and Regional Nodes: Sohrab Hura on Curating Growing Like a Tree at Ishara Art Foundation
AUH Re-viewing Contrasts: Hyphenated Spaces at Warehouse421
DXB There’s a Hurricane at the Foundry

E-Issue 01 –– AUH/DXB Summer 2020 
  1. Editor’s Note 
  2. What’s On in the UAE
  3. Pop(Corn): Hashel Al Lamki
  4. Tailoring in Abu Dhabi
  5. Rapport: Dubai 
  6. Michael Rakowitz From the Diaspora

E-01++ Fall/Winter 2020-21
GRV MIA Anywhere Hosts First Virtual Exhibition of Female Chechen Artists    
DXB Sa Tahanan Collective Redefines Home for Filipino Artists
SHJ Sharjah Art Foundation Jets Ahead on the Flying Saucer
AUH SEAF Cohort 7 at Warehouse 421 
DXB 101 Strikes Again with Second Sale at Alserkal Avenue
DXB Spotlight on Dubai Design Week 2020
DXB Melehi’s Waves Complicate Waving Goodbye
DXB Kanye Says Listen to the Kids: Youth Takeover at Jameel Arts Centre
DAM Investigating the Catalogues of the National Museum of Damascus
AUH Ogamdo: Crossing a Cultural Highway between Korea and the UAE
TYO James Jarvis Presents Latest Collages at 3110NZ
DXB Do You See Me How I See You?
DXB Thaely Kicks Off Sustainable Sneakers
AUH BAIT 15 Welcomes New Member Zuhoor Al Sayegh
MIA a_part Gives Artists 36 Hours to React

UAE Tawahadna Introduces MENA Artists to a Global Community
LHR/CAI Alaa Hindia’s Jewelry Revives Egyptian Nostalgia
DXB Taaboogah Infuses Comedy Into Khaleeji Menswear
DXB Meet Tamila Kochkarova Behind ‘No Boys Allowed’
DXB Alserkal Arts Foundation Presents Mohamed Melehi
AUH/DXB 101 Pioneers Ethical and Curious Art Collecting
AUH Sarah Almehairi Initiates Conversations
DXB Augustine Paredes Taking Up Space
LHR/MCT Hanan Sultan Rhymes Frankincense with Minimalism
BEY GAD Map: Arts & Culture Relief for Beirut

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GAD Talk Series ––
    1. What is GAD? 2015 to Now

    2. Where is GAD? An Open Coversation on Migration as Art Practitioners

    3. When the Youth Takes Over: Reflecting on the 2020 Jameel Arts Centre Youth Takeover
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    5. How To Create Digital Networks in The Art World?

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1. Editor’s Note: E-Issue 03

October 1st, 2021

Third time is a charm. I am beyond thrilled to present you with GAD’s latest E-Issue 03, dedicated to Tokyo

A new academic year calls for a new Editorial Board, and this issue is a product of collective efforts from our new team of editors based in Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Beijing, and New York. We have decided to focus on the Japanese capital for this E-Issue, after the much-publicized Tokyo 2021 Olympics held earlier this summer. Masahide Matsuda’s Ripples installation graces our cover and provides a starting point to reflect on Tokyo’s art scene, from both local and global perspectives.

This E-Issue presents an ecclectic mix of interviews with artists, researchers and curators, as well as exhibition reviews in Tokyo. Many of them are close friends, whom I am honored to present you. Out of these articles, two major themes emerge: digital acceleration and the idea of archive. Both go hand-in-hand, and you will notice throughout this issue the need for artists and curators to archive their physical and digital projects as we emerge out of the pandemic. Closer to home, we are also featuring two initiatives born in the UAE – an online exhibition curated by Ruba Al-Sweel exploring digital art in the GCC and an in-depth interview with Professor Salwa Mikdadi on the opening of the new AlMawrid: Arab Center for the Study of Art at NYU Abu Dhabi.

As always, we thank our loyal GAD readers and supporters. From Abu Dhabi to Dubai, New York, and now Tokyo, we are expanding our global footprint with every E-Issue. Although our pace on social media might have slowed down this year, our team of editors is eager to keep publishing your contributions. We continue to welcome submissions via our Open Call, with special attention on our UAE readers and guest contributors.
We start as usual with ‘What’s On in TYO’, a compilation of notable recent exhibitions held in Tokyo. We then turn to our recurring Pop(Corn) section, featuring Tokyo-based Chinese artist Nimyu. Interviewed by Sherry Wu, Nimyu reflects on her art practice and gives advice to artists wishing to make Tokyo their homebase. The interview is followed by another insightful interview with French-Syrian artist Bady Dalloul, who just premiered an extraordinary film called Ahmad The Japanese after an 8-months residency in Kyoto and Tokyo. As he is heading to Dubai soon, this interview will hopefully provide our UAE readers a glimpse into his transcultural practice. We then move to our Rapport on Tokyo’s art scene, followed by another interview with curator Alexandre Taalba about his recent exhibition “The Virtual Concreteness” at The 5th Floor, one of Tokyo’s most exciting contemporary art spaces. Akimi Ota writes a wonderful review of “Floating Between the Tropical and Glacial Zones”, an exhibition questioning extreme climates and the anthropocene by artist and curator duo Seiha Kurosawa and Yoichi Kamimura. I interview Ruba Al-Sweel about “Garden of e-arthly Delights”, an online exhibition she curated at SUMAC Space, and finally, Nada Ammagui interviews Professor Salwa Mikdadi resulting in a critical and deeply personal reflection of the opening of the Arab Center for the Study of Art, a landmark archive institution for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World. 

As always, stay tuned for this living document and the E-Issue 03++ articles to follow. And make sure to follow us on @globalartdaily for more updates.

On behalf of GAD’s Editorial Board, I hope you enjoy reading E-Issue 03!

And as always: stay curious, stay global.

Sophie Arni
Founder, Editor-in-Chief

1. GAD E-Issue 03, TYO, Fall 2021. Cover Image: Masahide Matsuda, Ripples, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

2. What’s On in Tokyo, by Sophie Arni Image: Kenta Cobayashi, Photographic Universe, 2020. © Cobayashi. Courtesy of ANB Roppongi.

3. Pop(Corn): Nimyu, by Sherry Wu Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

4. Ahmad The Japanese: Bady Dalloul in Conversation with Sophie Arni and Insun Woo Image: Bady Dalloul, Ahmad The Japanese, 2021. Still. Courtesy of the artist.

5. Rapport: TYO, by Global Art Daily Editorial Board Image: Ryuichi Ohira, Midas α, 2021. Burned wood, gold plate. Courtesy of Nanzuka.

6. Alexandre Taalba Presents Virtual Concreteness at The 5th Floor, by Global Art Daily Editorial Board Image: Installation view. “The Virtual Concreteness” at The 5th Floor, Tokyo, Japan Spring 2021. Photo: Masaharu Futoyu. Image courtesy of the curator.

7. Imagining Distant Ecologies in Hypersonic Tokyo: A Review of “Floating Between the Tropical and Glacial Zones”, by Akimi Ota Image: Yoichi Kamimura and Seiha Kurosawa, Floating Between the Tropical and Glacial Zones, 2021. ©Yoichi Kamimura + Seiha Kurosawa. Photo by Hyoue Ishida. Courtesy of the artists.

8. Ruba Al-Sweel Curates “Garden of e-artly Delights” at SUMAC Space, by Sophie Arni Image: Persia Beheshti, Earthbound, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

9. Salwa Mikdadi Reflects on the Opening of NYU Abu Dhabi's Arab Center for the Study of Art, by Nada Ammagui Image: Al Mawrid’s initial library, 2021. Courtesy of Salwa Mikdadi.