Carbon 12, (Dubai) is poised to celebrate 10 years in business with an appearance at NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) Miami 2018. The gallery opened their doors in November 2008.
"It was the challenge and a Tabula Rasa starting fresh somewhere so new and totally 21st century." says Kourosh Nouri, Founding Director. "My partner Nadine Knotzer and I took this challenge and started to work on it in late 2007. This planning lasted almost a year. We opened our first show on the 28th of November with an already planned roster of artists. Think about it, showing Katherine Bernhardt back then and in Dubai!"
Nouri also says he felt that the time was right to open in Dubai. The city is home to over 170 nationalities and will be a 2020 World Expo host.
"So, many things were in the pipeline and we had to make sure we can put our artists on the map. Another noteworthy milestone of the gallery is our move a couple of months later to what is today the region’s biggest and most relevant
contemporary art hub, Alserkal Avenue, where our move as the first international player was the spark to what we see today." he says.
The General and The philosopher and his cat by Amir Khojasteh
"Every art fair, from our perspective, is an extension of the gallery program/exhibitions… we think rationally about what to show and where to show it, in a fair and intelligent way toward the artists we represent," says Nouri. "An art fair is by no mean a place to throw gallery storage and purely selling for the sake of selling. The same way we want to place the best work in the best possible collections with the best conditions, the same way we need to make the necessary contacts with the press and critics, curators, museum professionals, etc."
These artists all reflect the aesthetic of the gallery; this is who they are, who the represent.
Carbon 12 have been a member of NADA for two years and are the only member from the region.
"NADA is one of the most important non-profit contemporary art organisations in the art world… all the fairs related to NADA are relevant to us. The Miami experience last year was a very positive one," says Nouri. "It was our first Miami, and I believe no better way that this week of December to close the year, we met incredible people from all parts of the American continent, and this was great… of course Miami has its own “culture”, since art and night life mingle much closer to each other than, or instance, in New York the week of Armory."