Art Dubai and Delfina foundation reveal details of ‘The Wedding Project’

Art Dubai and Delfina Foundation revealed details today of The Wedding Project, a new performative project that will transform two rooms at Madinat Jumeirah into an artist-created wedding hall for the tenth edition of Art Dubai, taking place from March 16-19.

The experience is open to all throughout the fair, and also features a series of eleven-course gala dinners.

Curated by Delfina Foundation Director Aaron Cezar as the latest iteration of the popular ‘Politics of Food’ series, The Wedding Project combines novel drinks and food dishes, commissions and interventions by artists including Sunoj D, Larissa Sansour, Candice Lin, Manal Al Dowayan, Taus Makhacheva, Nile Sunset Annex, Hind Mezaina and the Centre for Genomic Gastronomy.

Aaron Cezar, director at Delfina Foundation, says: “The theme of the ‘wedding’ plays on the marriage of food and art while also considering the context of the venue at Mina A’Salam in rooms where weddings are typically held.  We will forage for food with Sunoj D, eat dishes on the verge of extinction with Larissa Sansour, consume heads of art world power produced by Candice Lin, calm our nerves with Manal Al Dowayan’s special tea blends and have our cake – and perhaps eat it too – with Taus Makhacheva’s twist on the traditional wedding cake.  These are just a few of the experiences for the project and performative dinner.”

Participating artist Taus Makhacheva says: “I have been fascinated with the way contemporary cakes reflect our desires, hopes and dreams and how the wedding industry invents various temporary traditions. At Delfina Foundation, I have discovered how a dinner can become an art experience, pleasurable and conceptual at the same time. I look forward to the celebration at Art Dubai.”

Inspired by a tenth century Arabic text that describes eleven different words that define ‘love’ and  wider meanings, each concept will be embodied in a subtle and sensational performance, provocation, food or drink. Beginning with hawa (attraction) and progressing through alaqah (attachment) to kalaf (infatuation) to huyum (insanity), each dish – produced in collaboration with chefs from Madinat Jumeirah – will explore the notion of food, recipes and cookbooks as markers of cultural memory that can be just as easily erased as they are preserved.

Guests are welcomed into an edible garden created by the artist Sunoj D, which acts as a source of ingredients for the bar, where lemons, lime, mint, and other garnishes are picked for drinks, served to fair audiences throughout the week. Cairo-based collective Nile Sunset Annex, working with Absolut Elyx mixologists, are among other artists creating specially commissioned cocktails, coffees and teas exploring the various notions of love.

Alongside the bar, an artist-designed banquet hall hosts a series of seated, time-based performative meals during Art Dubai; these extraordinary gala events, hosted and created by artists, are limited capacity, with tickets available to purchase for Art Dubai guests.