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Image & Movement

June 6, 2021 - Shubbak London Festival

Shubbak brings together a specially curated selection of works by female Saudi artists, whose practices  are at the intersection of movement, live performance and choreography. Against a backdrop of a lack of spaces dedicated to contemporary performance, the featured  artists integrate movement in varied ways. Either trained in choreography, collaborating with choreographers or other artists, or self-staging, each artist has a distinct and personal approach to the way they use the human body as an expressive tool in their work. Their diverse practices range from quirky renditions of traditional culture, epic cinematic storytelling, choreography inspired by landscapes to Instagram-disseminated performances. 

Image & Movement includes works by Ahaad Alamoudi, Balqis Al Rashed, Sarah Brahim and Marwah AlMugait.

THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW FALCONS GRILL THEM, 2018

Ahaad Alamoudi

In Those who don’t know falcons grill them, a cohort of young male dancers perform the Khabayti, a traditional dance from Saudi Arabia’s West Coast. The choreographed pageantry of swirling, sword-wielding men and boys was once used in preparation for war, and is now typically performed at social gatherings by male dancers. However, at segregated events, female dancers are able to perform the Khabayti for women-only audiences.

 

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Highly Strung - Aya Haidar at Cromwell Place, London

June 2, 2021

Highly Strung is a durational body of work, which explores notions of motherhood, domesticity and the invisibility of a woman’s labour.

Produced over 365 days, Haidar made a record of an act of invisible labour she accomplished, one for every day of the year. These mundane acts are the sum of her every day, as mother, wife, caregiver and woman. Each act has been carefully embroidered onto an item found within the home and presented, literally, Highly Strung on washing lines. The installation invites the audience to navigate their way through the space, enfolded by the volume of the work, serving to make the invisible visible.


Haidar repositions the domestic space as a political site exploring its relationship to artistic work, repetition, care work, paid/unpaid, cleaning, parenting and the working body. The pricing of the work is conceptually intrinsic and a playful attempt to quantify the labour force of motherhood that is round the clock, unpaid and undervalued in society. It’s been calculated based on working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for one whole year at an hourly rate of £8.72 - the lowest minimum wage band for over 25s in the UK.


About Aya Haidar
Aya Haidar is a Lebanese-British inter-disciplinary artist whose craft based practice unfolds silenced narratives
around socially and politically engaged issues. Haidar was born in 1985 and currently lives and works
in London.

 

For booking and RVSP https://cromwellplace.artsvp.co/5207f2

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Sultan bin Fahad at the Sadie Coles HQ , London

June 1, 2021

the view from there is a pop-up exhibition of twenty-seven films from around the world, presented by Sadie Coles HQ in a retail space on London’s vibrant Regent Street. The presentation celebrates the reopening of our dynamic, international city and the welcome return of our audiences. For the month of June 2021, the view from there can be viewed from the street on a 24-hour basis, as well as inside the space during normal gallery hours (Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm). A parallel online screening platform will feature one of the participating artist’s works each day.

The exhibition is the result of an invitation to a network of international curators and museum colleagues to propose a single film or video, something that had resonance for them and would potentially be new to audiences here. Many of these works were created during the periods of intense restriction, whilst others existed beforehand, retrospectively gathering new meaning.

the view from there manifests how the digital has kept us connected during the lockdowns of 2020/21. From Zoom calls with family, friends and colleagues, to web streaming, TikTok trends, Instagram stories, continuous news feed updates and myriad other windows into the world that have made our enforced local truly global. The last eighteen months of hyper-connectivity gave energy to works of art well adapted to digital distribution – film, video and new media have found renewed potency and museums, artists and galleries have connected to homebound audiences with time to watch. In this sense, the opportunity for a local view to be shared globally took on an organic acceleration. If the global pandemic pinpointed a period of chaos and calamity, it also revealed one of innovation, resilience and compassion.

the view from there brings together twenty-nine artists whose moving image artworks reflect a specific location and speak to the present time. Presented in London, a world city that welcomes cultural and artistic exchange, the view from there is a platform for voices and visions forged in the local, yet undeniably global in their reach. Whilst the exhibition will manifest physically in London, a programme of the films will exist on a dedicated streaming site, offering the audience an opportunity to view from afar.

Participating artists: Lhola Amira, Adrián Balseca, Meriem Bennani and Orian Barki, Hannah Brontë, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Mati Diop, Sultan bin Fahad, Ja’Tovia Gary, Krista Gay, Eva Giolo, Ho Tzu Nyen, Shai-Lee Horodi, E.B. Itso, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Bengü Karaduman, Dina Karaman, Julianknxx, Isaki Lacuesta, Yong Xiang Li, Ma Qiusha, Juan Antonio Olivares, Laure Prouvost, Sara Sadik, Prem Sahib, Cemile Sahin, Rico Scagliola and Michael Meier, and Rania Stephan.

 

 

For RVSP https://sadiecoles.artsvp.co/8eae7d

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ALULA Book Available to purchase at ATHR Gallery

December 13, 2020 - Assouline - Experience AlUla

Assouline in collaboration with the destination of AlUla announces the release of an immersive book of photography and illustrations titled, AlUla. With stunning images taken by internationally renowned photographer Robert Polidori, and interpretive illustrations by multidisciplinary artist Ignasi Monreal, AlUla virtually transports readers to the destination, giving them a glimpse into the city’s rich history and a unique look into AlUla’s local culture.

Available at ATHR gallery, Jeddah. (Order your book today or drop us an email for further inquiry!) 

Nestled deep within the vast desert of northwest Arabia, AlUla is known as a cultural oasis and living museum with more than 200,000 years of human history: from Paleolithic hunter-gatherers; civilizations such as the Nabataeans, Dadanites, and Romans; Muslim pilgrims on their way to Mecca and Medina, and trade caravans traveling the Incense Route; to present-day communities who mingle and exchange cultural ideas with global travelers.

AlUla is home to relics both old and new including Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra, with remains dating back to the Nabataean kingdom, as well as modern landmarks including Maraya, an award-winning, multi-purpose concert and entertainment venue that is also the Guinness Book of Records largest mirrored venue in the world.

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Open Call Maan Artist Grants مـعــاً: دعوة مفتوحة

May 9, 2020

Maan was initiated as a response to the magnitude of the current crisis and its impact on the arts community and a continuation of Athr’s support of the art scene and its artists. It is intrinsic to our mission to proactively participate in their sustainability all while making art accessible to a wider audience and triggering change, particularly in times of uncertainty.  Initiated by Athr in cooperation with artists, the production and research fund consists of creating limited edition artworks by established and emerging artists to support fellow practicing artists.

Open to all Saudi Arabia-based visual artists, irrespective of medium of practice. There are no limitations concerning age, region or provenance of the applicant. If you are a visual artist and have a project that needs a stimulus of funds for completion or need seed funding for production or research, please see the link below and apply online.

For further information, please contact us via this email address.

maangrant@athrart.com

 

بدأت معاً كاستجابة لللأزمة الحالية ومدى تأثيرها على المجتمع الفني واستمراراً لدعم غاليري أثر للمشهد الفني والفنانين. رسالتنا هي إحداث تغيير إيجابي وأن نجعل الفن في متناول أكبر عدد من الجمهور خاصة في هذه الأوقات الصعبة. يعتمد صندوق دعم الإنتاج الفني والبحوث، الذي بدأه أثر بالتعاون مع الفنانين، على إنتاج أعمال فنية محدودة الإصدار لدعم زملائهم الفنانين الناشئين

الدعوة مفتوحة لجميع الفنانين التشكيليين المقيمين في المملكة العربية السعودية، بجميع الممارسات الفنية. لا توجد قيود فيما يتعلق بعمر مقدم الطلب أو منطقته

إذا كنت فنان/فنانة ولديك مشروع يحتاج إلى دعم وتمويل مادي لإنتاجه أو لغايات البحث، يرجى الاطلاع على الرابط أدناه وتقديم نموذج الطلب. لمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى التواصل معنا عن طريق البريد الإلكتروني

maangrant@athrart.com

 
 
 
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NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery Autumn Exhibition

September 16, 2019 - The National

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery, the university’s museum-gallery, has announced that its new fall exhibition will bring the work of four established UAE-based artists : Palestinian Areej Kaoud, Emirati Jumairy, Saudi-born Ayman Zedani and Raja’a Khalid.

Titled Speculative Landscapes and curated by Maya Allison, Chief Curator at NYU Abu Dhabi and Executive Director of the NYUAD Art Gallery,, the exhibition allows the artists to explore the concept of environment, whether natural, artificial or visual, through the close study of their surroundings in the UAE.

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Open Call: Young Saudi Artists

September 8, 2019

In the context of its 10th anniversary, Athr Gallery presents In The Midst of It All, the sixth edition of the Young Saudi Artists (YSA) curated by Zahra Dar Bundakji. 
Curated around the subject of the historic socio-cultural changes that are occurring in the Kingdom, artists of all disciplines are invited to apply. Whether you’re a painter, a sculptor, make ceramic, drawings, photography or video, your talent and skills are equally valued. Whether you are a witness or an agent of these developments, they are sweeping and upon us. Who and where are you in the midst of it all?
 
Application deadline: September 8th, 2019
Announcement: September 21st, 2019
 
To Apply, Click Here
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Kunstverein in Hamburg - Sarah Abu Abdallah: For the First Time in a Long Time

August 9, 2019 - e-flux announcements


Sarah Abu AbdallahFor the First Time in a Long Time
August 10–October 20, 2019 

Summer Party: August 9, 7pm, Food, Drinks and Music 
Artist Talk: August 10, 4–5pm, Sarah Abu Abdallah in conversation with Tobias Peper 
Artist Talk: August 24, 3–4pm, Peaches in conversation with Bettina Steinbrügge 

Kunstverein in Hamburg 
Klosterwall 23 
20095 Hamburg
Germany 
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 12–6pm 

hamburg@kunstverein.de 

www.kunstverein.de 
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The Kunstverein in Hamburg is delighted to present the solo exhibition Whose Jizz Is This? by Peaches and the solo exhibition For the First Time in a Long Time by Sarah Abu Abdallah. We cordially invite you to our opening on August 9, 7pm.

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2019 | NYC | Artist Ahaad Alamoudi

July 1, 2019 - RU

Artist Name: Ahaad Alamoudi
Residency Dates: July - August
Born: 1991
Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Lives & Works: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
URL: https://www.ahaadalamoudi.com

Education: MFA Print Royal College of Art BA Visual Communication Dar Al Hekma University

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21,39 Summer Edition: Public/Private Exhibition

June 8, 2019

ATHR would like to congratulate Bricklab on curating the first summer edition of 21,39

Curated by:  Bricklab (Abdulrahman/Turki Gazzaz)
Preview: June 8, 6-11pm (free and open to the public) 
Location: Historical Jeddah (Al-Balad) 


OUTDOOR INSTALLATIONS
1. Carlos Cruz-Diez / Crosswalk
2. Mammafotogramma / Al-Ba‍llo‍on
3. Manal Aldowayan / I Had No Wings
4. Nasser Alshememry & Blank Studio / The Vortex
5. Alaa Tarabzouni / Al-Som
6. Aziz Jamal / Guest Soap
7. Emy Kat / Assemblage
8. Ahad Alamoudi / I’m Here Next to You; Can You Hear Me?
9. Rashed Al Shashai / +3 Centimeters
 
XENEL LOBBY
9. Rashed Al Shashai / +3 Centimeters
 
AL-KHUNJI AL-SAGHEER
10. Traumnovelle / Palace of Cultures
11. James Turrell / Sedna
12. Hajra Waheed / Video Installation Project 1-10

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