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At Jeddah’s Qasr Khuzam, Argentina art event BIENALSUR enthralls with sight, sound and shadow

December 3, 2021 - Arab News by Saleh Fareed

BIENALSUR 2021, the second edition of the cultural event of contemporary art from Argentina to the world, arrived in Jeddah, and residents are in for a breathtaking cultural experience.

The exhibition “recovering stories, recovering fantasies” occupied most parts of the restored Jeddah Regional Museum architecture building — considered one of the best museums in Jeddah — with works by Saudi artists Ahaad Al-Amoudi, Lina Gazzaz, Felwa Nazer, Muhannad Shono, and Daniah Alsaleh.

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Sabeel Fountains: a creative collection of drinking spouts at Expo 2020 Dubai

November 5, 2021 - Farah Andrews for The National News

“Through these beautiful and innovatively designed drinking fountains, we invite visitors to take a moment to pause as they quench their thirst and consider their own connection to this most precious resource,” says Marjan Faraidooni, chief experience officer at Expo 2020 Dubai.

A collaboration between Expo 2020 and Art Jameel, the initiative began in September 2019, with the Sabeel 2020 open call. The design contest received more than 100 proposals and was overseen by an internationally renowned jury, who selected and awarded two design collaboratives – UAE creative studio Architecture + Other Things and design team Faissal El-Malak and Alia Bin Omair. The designers created Water in the Green and Nahel, respectively, collectively known as Signature Fountains.

 

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History is made in Giza: Contemporary art in dialogue with Egyptian pyramids

October 30, 2021 - Rebecca Anne Proctor for Arab News

Giza’s pyramids were given new life earlier this week when the multidisciplinary arts entity Art D’Egypte opened “Forever is Now” on Oct. 21. The title of the exhibition, which will run until Nov. 7, is apt considering the pyramids’ history and, now, their new role in the first-ever contemporary art exhibition staged amidst their stately presence in 4,500 years. The exhibition, curated by independent arts advisor Simon Watson, features works by 10 contemporary artists, including Sultan bin Fahad, Alexander Ponomarev, Gisela Colon, Joao Trevisan, Lorenzo Quinn, JR, Moataz Nasr, Sherin Guirguis, Shuster + Moseley and Stephen Cox.

In Saudi artist Fahad’s “R III” (2021), a maze of stacked white cubes presents hieroglyphic inscriptions belonging to King Ramses III. The inscriptions were discovered by Saudi archaeologists in the northern part of the Kingdom. Fahad’s cubes, framed by the powerful forms of the nearby pyramids, shimmer when seen under the moonlight. The work investigates the historic roots between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

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Diriyah Biennale Announces Artists for First Saudi Art Biennial

October 14, 2021 - Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Curated by UCCA's Philip Tinari, the biennial features a strong contingent of Chinese artists including Xu Bing, Zhang Peili, and Nabuqi.

 Simon Denny, Sarah Morris, and Lawrence Lek are among the international artists who will show at the biennale from 11 December 2021 till 11 March 2022. It will take place in Diriyah's JAX district, which comprises over 100 refurbished warehouses not far from Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh.

Of the event's 63 artists, 26 come from Saudi Arabia, including Maha Malluh, Manal AlDowayan, Ahmed Mater, and Sarah Abu Abdallah.

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Saudi artist Mohannad Shono’s Argentina show explores meaning and storytelling

September 30, 2021 - Rebecca Anne Proctor for Arab News

This is “The Fifth Sun,” a textile mural projection with sound created in 2017 by Saudi artist Mohannad Shono. According to the artist, it explores self-fulfilling prophecies — and “self-inflicted wounds” — regarding destruction and rebirth. It is one of the works that Shono — one of Saudi Arabia’s most promising contemporary artists — is showing at BIENALSUR (the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the South) in Buenos Aires, through the Saudi Ministry of Culture. 

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Back for good: the fine art of repairing broken things

August 22, 2021 - The Guardian

Mending is a metaphor for Aya Haidar. Her Recollections series comprises photographs of war-damaged buildings in Beirut into which she stitches multicoloured embroidery thread to “repair” the bullet holes. “It was about filling in these voids – these holes that are scars, remnants and traces of something that is dark, ugly and traumatising, and filling it with something colourful and joyful,” she says.

Her Lebanese family fled the war in 1982, moving first to Saudi Arabia and then London. “For my family, those damaged buildings remind them of something terrifying, but something that does need to be remembered.”

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Yemeni artist Sara Abdu’s Jeddah show explores science of memory

August 16, 2021 - Hams Saleh for Arab News

Yemeni artist Sara Abdu’s solo exhibition, “I Only Meant To Visit,” has been impressing audiences at Saudi Arabia’s Athr Gallery in Jeddah since its opening in July. 

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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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