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Following the success of the first edition of the Critical Practice Programme, this year Tashkeel has selected through open call Hadeyeh Badri, Lantian Xie, and Raja'a Khalid as participants of the 2016 - 2017 edition. With continual support from Tashkeel, each participant is provided with studio access, mentorship, critiques and support for artwork production, culminating in an exhibition.

Each programme is carefully constructed and built around the individual candidates’ practices and/or area of research. Tashkeel works with the artist or curator to identify a key collaborator/mentor to build, challenge and work with them through the programme. This collaborator can be an artist, curator, critic or arts professional with whom the artist feels both comfortable working but also whose own area of research and/or practice ties in with the proposed programme and intended areas of focus.

The aim of the programme is to provide the artist with sustained and empowering support to develop their work in an environment that encourages progressive experimentation, cross-discipline exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. The curation of the courses remain responsive to the social, cultural and political contexts inherent in Dubai and the wider Middle East. The programme feeds into Tashkeel’s exhibition programme, these three artists being scheduled to exhibit their work in the Tashkeel gallery between April and September 2017.

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Dr. Alexandra MacGilp
Instructor - Hadeyeh Badri

Dr. Alexandra MacGilp is a curator, writer and art historian from London. She is Curator at Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah. She studied curating at the Royal College of Art and undertook her Ph.D. at the University of Reading in collaboration with Tate Britain, writing on the development of Tate’s Collection. She is interested in film, video, performance and installation practices and archive materials. She is the co-founder and editor of Artvehicle and contributes to numerous catalogues and magazines.

Roderick Grant
Instructor - Hadeyeh Badri

Roderick Grant is Chair + Associate Professor of Graphic Design at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Before joining OCAD U in the Fall of 2009, Roderick taught design at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He holds an MFA degree in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA in Urban Studies from New College of Florida. Roderick’s engagement of both undergraduate and graduate level thesis work centres on the critical interrogation of representation, narrative construction, concepts of space and occupation, urban thresholds, and design activity across dimensional practices. His recent scholarship on design pedagogy includes presentations and workshops with the Council of Ontario Universities, AIGA Design Educator’s Conference. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia for the 2016/17 academic year.

Jaret Vadera
Instructor - Raja'a Khalid

Jaret Vadera is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer whose work explores the poetics of translation and the politics of vision. Vadera’s work has been exhibited and screened widely at venues such as: The Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai; the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah; the South Asian Visual Arts Centre in Toronto; as well as at the Filipino American Museum, Queens Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Vadera completed his undergraduate education at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto and the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. He lives and works between New York, Toronto, and India. He is currently based in Brooklyn and is teaching in the Social Science and Cultural Studies Department at Pratt Institute, in the Art History Department at Montclair State University, and is the Artist-Researcher in Residence at Project for Empty Space.

Iftikhar Dadi
Instructor - Raja'a Khalid

Iftikhar Dadi is an associate professor in Cornell’s Department of History of Art, and also served as chair of the Department of Art (2010–14). He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is the author of Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia (2010) and the edited monograph Anwar Jalal Shemza (2015). Dadi has co-edited Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space (with Hammad Nasar) (2012); and Unpacking Europe: Towards a Critical Reading (with Salah Hassan) (2001). Dadi serves on the editorial advisory boards of the journals Archives of Asian Art; Bio-Scope: South Asian Screen Studies; and Art Journal (2007-2011). He serves as an advisor to the Hong Kong based organization Asia Art Archive, and is a board member of The Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University. He was member of Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Council in 2011 and 2014.

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