We are often taught that it is the job of experts to answer questions, as though the creative or scientific process is measured by solutions. But what if the real work is in discovering and identifying and asking the crucial questions of our time?

In this session, guests shared the questions that have driven them to do what they do, as well as proposed questions that haven't yet been asked but importantly ought to be.


Brendan McGetrick, Creative Director, Museum of the Future

Tessa and Tara Sakhi, T Sakhi Architects

Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto, ibda design

Moderated by:

Shumon Basar, Commissioner, Global Art Forum

Shumon Basar is Commissioner of Art Dubai's Global Art Forum; Editor-at-Large at Tank magazine; Contributing Editor at Bidoun; Adjunct Curator at Art Jameel and a member of the Fondazione Prada’s Thought Council. Together with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Shumon has recently curated the exhibition, Age of You, at MOCA Toronto, which part previews their next book, The Extreme Self.

About ibda design

ibda design is a multidisciplinary architecture, landscape and urban design studio founded in Dubai. Known for addressing the social, environmental, economical and technological aspects of architectural projects, the firm have worked on prominent cultural institutions including Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre, Jeddah’s Hayy: Creative Hub, and Hai d3. ibda design has been appointed the National Pavilion UAE La Biennale de Venezia 2020 Curators. Learn more about ibda design.


Based in Beirut and Milan, T SAKHI is a multidisciplinary architecture and design studio cofounded in 2016 by Lebanese-Polish sisters Tessa Sakhi and Tara Sakhi. The studio places human interaction at the core of their practice, drawing from the emotional and psychological experience of space. The sisters often incorporate memory and human senses to heighten the emotional activity within a space and question our contemporary understanding of identity, home, and ways of living.

Their synergetic projects are both permanent and ephemeral, and range from architecture, product design, art objects, installations, and most recently, films. In the sister’s films, creatives are invited to explore their spaces, allowing for fashion, cinematography, and music to merge. Learn more about T Sakhi.

About Brendan McGetrick

Brendan McGetrick is an internationally renowned writer, curator, and designer. His work has appeared in publications in more than thirty countries, including The New York Times, Wired, The Financial Times, Art Review, Der Spiegel, Domus, and Vogue Nippon. His projects include the books Content (Taschen), MAD Dinner (Actar), and Urban China: Work In Progress (Timezone 8). Since 2015, he has served as the director of Global Grad Show, the world’s largest exhibition of graduate design and technology. He currently serves as Creative Director of Museum of the Future, a visionary cultural institution currently under construction in Dubai.