Project Archive

Bidoun Projects is dedicated to supporting contemporary art and culture from the Middle East and the diaspora. Individual projects are conceived and managed by a collective of curators, editors, and artists based in Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, the UAE, the UK, and the US. Bidoun commissions and curates unique artists' projects, exhibitions, and educational events around the world.

Recent curatorial projects include 'NOISE,' a major exhibition at Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut; the Bidoun Library, a collection of catalogues, books, artists' books, and sound/film projects which premiered at Abu Dhabi Art in November 2009 and has since been developed into a touring, 'pop-up' project that has since traveled to the 98 Weeks Research Center in Beirut, the New Museum in New York, and the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo among other venues; curated film programs and performances presented at LACMA/Los Angeles, Light Industry and The Kitchen/New York, Ajram Beach/Beirut, among other venues; Provisions, a two-part publishing project with Sharjah Biennial 9; and “The Inhabitants of Images,” a performance by Rabih Mroué, co-commissioned by Bidoun, TQW, and Ashkal Alwan, which premiered in Dubai in March 2009 and is now touring. And much more.

In the educational realm, we recently ran a course of Arabic and English-language workshops in Dubai on writing about art designed to encourage critical debate. Our Middle East Modernities Documentation Project seeks to unearth, document, and interpret the lost stories of modern and contemporary art in and around the region. Click here to visit BubuWeb, our repository for rare film and sound from the Middle East.



Bidoun & Semiotext(e) at Light Industry

Bidoun and Semiotext(e) presented a screening of two rarely shown works depicting outsiders’ visions of Morocco, introduced by celebrated novelist Abdellah Taïa, Morocco’s first openly gay writer, who discussed the fascination that Moroccan literature, landscape and culture have exerted over American expats and travelers.

Bidoun, LACMA and the Cinémathèque de Tanger

LACMA’s Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, the Ralph M. Parsons Fund and Bidoun present Another Border – Films and Videos from the Cinémathèque de Tanger Archives at LACMA in Los Angeles this June. The series is co-curated by Bidoun contributor, collaborator and friend, Yto Barrada.

Bidoun and Migrating Forms at Anthology Film Archives

Bidoun and the Migrating Forms festival presented a very rare and special screening of Parviz Kimiavi’s 1973 experimental satire, Moghollha (the Mongols).

Sharjah Biennial 9: Provisions For The Future

PROVISIONS is an experimental exhibition catalogue/artist’s project, co-published by Bidoun and Sharjah Biennial 9 and designed by The Khatt Foundation. It is the first in a two-book series that reflects the Sharjah Biennial’s particular focus on production and process, documenting all the new work in this year’s Biennial, from conception to realization. Part II is […]

Art Dubai 2009

Bidoun once again hosted the video lounge, a space for video, talks and performances. The lounge was co-designed by Traffic, with typography by the Khatt Foundation, and kindly supported by the Emirates Foundation. Programs included FLOWERS (curated by Bidoun), ME AND HER AND OUR PUNCTUATION MARKS (curated by Christine Tohme), and THE MESSAGE (curated by Sylvia Kouvali).

She doesn’t think so but she’s dressed for the h-bomb

Tank.tv screening series at the Tate Modern curated by Bidoun’s Negar Azimi. This exhibition attempts to reveal the weight of diverse histories that define the current moment – whether these be manifest in the form of national myth, ritual, architecture or pop culture. The programme includes work from Ziad Antar, Shahryrar Nashat, Rosalind Nashashibi, Yael Bartana, Iman Issa, Hassan Khan, The Atlas Group, Ahmet Ogut and Haris Epaminonda.

Dubai Now: short films and video from the UAE

‘Dubai Now’, a program featuring recent work by UAE-based artists and filmmakers Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Lamya Gargash, Nawaf Al Janahi and Waleed Al Shehhi, is included as a projected installation in the exhibition ‘Dubai Next: the Face of 21st Century Culture’ at the Vitra Design Museum. Over the past decade a nascent filmmaking scene has developed in the UAE, spearheaded — in the absence of dedicated film schools and a local industry – by homegrown initiatives such as the Emirates Film Competition and Gulf Film Festival. Groups of young Emirati men and women have produced a substantial body of short films, many of which explore the nature of being ‘local’ in today’s rapidly changing society – a subject rarely debated in the public realm.

Bidoun at Home Works IV

A party to celebrate the end of Home Works IV, the forum organized by Ashkal Alwan.

Bidoun Night at the Kitchen

Writer, film critic and web theorist Gary Dauphin on the Cleaver Sleeve, a revolutionary trouser design (circa 1975) by the soon-to-be-ex-Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver. Bidoun Editor in Chief Lisa Farjam on the secret of her beating heart. Writer Anand Balakrishnan on castrated pop singers, American imperialism, Arab moustaches and the mystery of Naguib Mahfouz’s white linen suit…

The Bidoun Cinema and Video Lounge at Art Dubai 2008

At Art Dubai 2008, Bidoun curated and commissioned programs of artists film for a bespoke cinema and a video lounge. Film programs curated by Bidoun, Nav Haq and Tirdad Zolghadr feature work by 20 artists, making up the largest show of video art staged in the Gulf to date. Participating artists include Haluk Akakce, Ziad Antar, Yasmeen Al Awadi, Loulou Cherinet, Chris Evans, Shahab Fotouhi, Matthew Grover, Iman Issan, Nadine Khan, David Maljkovic, Shahyrar Nashat, Rosalind Nashashibi, Yoshua Okon, Hossam El Sawah, Anna Witt, Akram Zaatari.

Emre Hüner: Panoptikon

At the CAF, Bidoun Projects presented a seminal film by Istanbul-based artist Emre Hüner, comprised of exquisitely drawn and animated landscapes that form fantastical future-retro worlds.

With/Without

Shumon Basar, Antonia Carver and Markus Miessen, co-editors of Bidoun Book WITH/WITHOUT: Spatial Products, Practices and Politics in the Middle East, participated in a discussion with Stefano Boeri and Rem Koolhaas, followed by the launch of With/Without and sister publication Al Manakh.

Bidoun at the DIFC Gulf Art Fair 2007

At the DIFC Gulf Art Fair in 2007, Bidoun designed an outdoor lounge on Fort Island at Madinat Jumeirah, showing work by Susan Hefuna, Ala Ebtekar, and Amir H Fallah, and a specially commissioned series of cushions by Dubai-based artists Nadine Kanso, Loreta Bilinskaite, Haig Aivazian, Amna Al Zaabi and Raghda Bukhash.

Trevor Paglen and Thomas Keenan in conversation

A series of public programs co-organized by P.S.1 with innovative publications from New York and nationwide, including The Believer, Cabinet, Clear Cut Press, Esopus, Influence, The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Mass Appeal, n+1, The Relay Project, and Topic, as well as Bidoun. Tracking Bidoun presented a talk by artist and geographer Trevor Paglen on the CIA’s use of civilian planes to ‘render’ and ‘disappear’ suspected terrorists. Paglen also took on his recent trip to Kabul on the trail of secret prisons, black sites in the US, as well as what unmarked airplanes can tell us, and what they cannot. Thomas Keenan, head of Bard College’s Human Rights Project, acted as respondent.

Film night at the Curzon Mayfair

A film night curated by Bidoun member Tirdad Zolghadr, featuring works by Hito Steyerl (November), Dirk Herzog (Pelmeni/Blini), Fikret Atay (Lalo’s Story) and Giovanni Carmine and Christoph Buchel (PSYOP).

Entourage at Counter Gallery

A series of week-long exhibitions curated by Bidoun in which artists were given carte blanche not only in terms of content, but are also free to behave as artists or curators in absentia.