Most significant show of Saudi contemporary art ever held in Saudi Arabia
Time Out Bahrain staff
If you’re heading to our western neighbour this month there’s a brilliant new exhibition coming up in Jeddah which is billed as the ‘most significant show of Saudi contemporary art ever held in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia’.
Following its recent success with the first Pan-Arab exhibition of contemporary art ‘The Future of a Promise’ at the 54th Venice Biennale, arts initiative Edge of Arabia is presenting the Edge of Arabia Jeddah: We Need to Talk, curated by Mohammed Hafiz and co-curated by the organisation’s founder Stephen Stapleton in a stunning 1,000-sq-m space in the Al Furusia Marina, on the Jeddah Corniche.
Ranging from video to sculpture to installation, the exhibition will feature more than 40 new works by Saudi’s emerging contemporary artists, including: Abdulnasser Gharem, Ahmed Angawi, Ahmed Mater, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Eyad Maghazil, Hala Ali, Hamza Serafi, Ibrahim Abumsmar, Jowhara AlSaud, Manal Al-Dowayan, Maha Malluh, Noha Al-Sharif, Nasser Al-Salem, Saddek Wasil, Sami Al- Turki and Sarah Abu Abdullah.
Mohammed Hafiz says: “This exhibition will be a true homecoming for Edge of Arabia and is geared towards encouraging constructive discussion and dialogue between Saudi contemporary artists and the local community. All participating artists will react to our title ‘We Need to Talk’ within three categories: the past, the present and the future. This is a great opportunity for us all to think about how we can positively shape and influence the world around us.”
Alongside the main exhibition three key artworks from the Abraaj Capital Collection will be on display: Rhyme & Reason by Nazgol Ansarinia (2009), New Dream Machine Project by Shezad Dawood (2011) and Gon by Timo Nasseri (2011). Exhibition dates: January 20 – February 18, Saturday - Thursday, noon–11pm.
Inside out at Al Riwaq If you want to learn a bit more about Manama’s history the superbly funky Al Riwaq Art Space in Adliya is the place with an inside/outside exhibition running until the end of January. A gallery statement says: “With every narration of Manama’s history, we find ourselves excavating new interesting layers. It is our own curiosity about our city – Manama – that has led to the idea behind this exhibition. The exhibition takes on a bifocal approach.” The inside of the gallery space is dedicated to documenting Manama’s history narrated by writer and journalist Ebrahim Bashmi as well as artist A Karim Al Orrayed. While outside, the neighbourhood physically surrounding the gallery provides a space for a number of artists to reflect on their relationship with the city.
Poetic inspiration Contemporary artist Ebrahim Bu Saad Inspired by the famous literary work The Ring of The Dove, by the 10th century Arab poet Ibn Hazem Al Andalusi, the latest offering at Muharraq’s Bin Matar House is an exhibition of 20 exquisite line drawings by Bahrain artist Ebrahim Bu Saad.
The show features both detailed miniatures as well as different styles of calligraphy and offers a detailed look at a range of the artist’s work.
The exhibition will open on Wednesday, January 11, at 7pm and run until 24. .January.24 at Memory of the Place - Bin Matar House in Muharraq. Call 17322549.