This year’s U.S. Honorary Guest Artist is Robert Clark, a freelance photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. His participation is supported by a grant from the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai. The author of six monographs, Robert Clark has worked with National Geographic Magazine for 25 years, photographing more than 50 stories, including their award-winning cover story entitled “Was Darwin Wrong?”
His artwork will be exhibited within the fort at Al Jazirah Heritage Village, as well as Jebel Jais and Al Marjan Island. His photography of birds and their feathers all reflect the theme of Hope. These exhibitions will highlight his exploration of Darwinism and evolution.
This year’s Festival will use the Fynd.art application, a new digital companion for the exhibition. The innovative and easy to use web application with image recognition and object detection will allow visitors to receive contactless artwork and exhibitor information through their smartphone while viewing the exhibition and without a download or registration.
Four iconic Israeli video artworks, curated by renowned French-Israeli curator Sharon Toval, will be exhibited at the Festival. This is the first time since the signing of the Abraham Accords that an Israeli art curator is curating an exhibition in the Emirates. The four works are curated around the theme of Hope.
“Seeds” by Shahar Marcus - “Courtesy of Braverman Gallery Tel-Aviv”
“The Wake” by Dana Levy -“Courtesy of Braverman Gallery Tel-Aviv”
“Sand, Storm & Lawrence Tree” by Eyal Segal
“A Jewish Wedding in Morocco” by Tamir Zadok
Documentary Short Films
A series of video interviews will be presented as short films in various villas at Al Jazirah Al Hamra Heritage Village. For these, five former residents have been recorded talking about daily life in the pearling village, providing a rich, valuable history and rare insights into what life was like in the Emirate decades ago. These unique oral records, which will be at the heart of this year’s Festival, aim to preserve Al Jazirah Al Hamra Heritage Village’s history and the stories of those who lived there, and ensure that Ras Al Khaimah’s cultural heritage is passed on to the next generation.