Sunday 24 October 2021

Maha Malluh, Food for Thought “WORLD MAP”, 2021
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DBF names artists for contemporary art biennale

DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia, 11 days ago

Diriyah Biennale Foundation (DBF) has announced the artists that will be participating in Saudi Arabia’s first contemporary art biennale, to be held from December 11, 2021 through March 11, 2022 in the JAX district of Diriyah, outside of Riyadh.

Developed by a team of international curators led by Philip Tinari (Director and Chief Executive of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, China) the Biennale will unfold in six sections, with works from national and international artists examining the theme “Feeling the Stones” and engaging visitors in a dialogue around contemporary art.

Aya Al-Bakree, CEO of the Diriyah Biennale Foundation, said: “As the Foundation prepares to open the first contemporary art biennale organized, conceived and hosted in Saudi Arabia, the selection of artists is emblematic of our commitment - to showcase Saudi artists in dialogue with leading artists from around the world.

“We see the development of cultural exchange and international dialogue in contemporary art as a crucial element in enhancing the cultural infrastructure in this country and look forward to welcoming artists and audiences alike to Diriyah.”

Curator Philip Tinari, Director and Chief Executive of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, China, added: “The Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale presents an unprecedented opportunity for the wide audiences in Saudi Arabia to experience global contemporary art. Inspired by the notion of ‘Crossing the river by feeling the stones,’ the exhibition explores how social transformation happens in a way that is iterative yet directional, experimental yet pragmatic.

“We have chosen to focus on major projects by Saudi and international artists, including more than thirty site-specific commissions. We hope that viewers will come away with a heightened sense of enquiry and exploration, having made new connections between the dynamic art scene now emerging in Saudi Arabia and positions from around the world.”

Established in 2020 with the support of the Saudi Ministry of Culture, the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale will be the Kingdom’s first international contemporary art biennale, providing a platform for discovery, connection and dialogue. Details of the public programming and the opening symposium will be published in due course. – TradeArabia News Service


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