Bidoun Projects' library is a collection of rare books, catalogues, journals, and artists’ books that traces contemporary art practices and particular moments in the various arts scenes of the Middle East; this peripatetic new resource has its first outing at Abu Dhabi Art in a ‘pop-up' space designed by the UAE design agency Traffic.
The project space allows visitors to explore, research, and map connections through innovative materials that are generally unavailable in the Gulf; we have focused particularly on materials created by and for artists, and by artist-run, independent organizations based in the region.
The library includes curated programmes of music and sound projects (via ipod listening posts), and screens for browsing the Middle Eastern section of the cult avant-garde sound and film archive website ubu, curated by Bidoun.
Featured independent publishers in this first version of the library include Ashkal Alwan, the Arab Image Foundation, Istanbul artist-run space/publisher BAS. And Samandal, the Lebanese artists' collective that creates trilingual comics, presents a collection of influential comic books and magazines.
The library’s launch is presented in partnership with Abu Dhabi Art.