Art enables artists to communicate with the world their thoughts, ideas and messages with a medium that isn’t hindered by the boundaries of language and speech.
At this year’s Red Dot Miami Art show, Artist Gailani was chosen by art gallery Steidel Fine Arts to represent their international artists’ collection along with a Dubai-based artist — making them the only Middle East based artists selected by Steidel to be showcased at this prestigious event. A self taught contemporary artist, Gailani also conducts retreats, curates exhibitions — creating platforms for other Middle East based artists. His work has been showcased in the Gulf Region, Europe and has now landed in Miami!
For Gailani this was something beyond a dream, he stated, “to be in Miami during art Basel and showcase at Red Dot was something that I couldn’t have even dreamt of when I started professionally exhibiting my art 5 years ago. I would stand during the festival and pinch myself to see if it was true”.
Art Basel Week in Miami is one of the largest celebrations of art that happens anywhere in the world. The entire city of Miami is transformed into showcases of art and artistic performances. It’s as if the entire world of artist, art curator and collectors from Europe, south America and the far-east all descend at the same time.
The city is dotted with large white tents that showcase different Art Shows like Context, Un-titled, Scope Miami, Aqua Miami, Red-Dot, Spectrum and others.
Gailani also touts to good timing and a bit of luck as the co-owner and curator of Steidel Fine Arts, Maxwell Chapman, was going through the show catalogue of Art-Vancouver where Gailani had won the Best International Artist Exhibitor Award and that caught their eye and he booked Gailani for Red Dot Miami at Art Basel week.
On the perception of art and artists in GCC and the region, Gailani said, “What was wonderful is how well the art was received. It was a chance to talk to such a large group of people about Oman and the art scene of the Middle East. For me it’s all about representing a positive image of this region.”
With an over 5,000 galleries exhibiting during that week and an estimated customer visits of over 85,000 people this festival, it is like the “Oscar Awards Night” for artists who exhibit their work. For Gailani, he hopes to use the platform to reach a wider western audience.