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Jeddah feels the ‘Pulse’ of new art show

Obadah AlJefri explaining the concept behind his “trash bags” to the viewers.
Jeddah: Athr Gallery’s latest exhibition, “Pulse,” opened its doors on Wednesday, showcasing the works of new artists from several genres.
The biannual exhibit, in its fifth edition, hosts an array of artists who offered their version of the concept “Time — past, present and future.”
Some of the 25 artists, both Saudi nationals and residents, aged 15-35 years old, were exhibiting their works for the first time.
The exhibit hall was packed as soon it opened as Jeddawis flocked to see the many pieces on show.
Art students from the nearby King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) for the first time viewed the diversity of art installations, calligraphy, contemporary pieces and conceptual renditions by Saudi artists.
It was the artists’ task to look at the world and find how the concept of time translated into their emotional, physiological and psychological state. Each artist had their own take on the “pulse” theme, and each project was distinct from their contemporaries.
On the second floor of the gallery, an outstanding replica of Madinah’s famous Baha’aldeen Hotel was presented by The Loft ME.
Vintage furniture and items dating to the 1970s provided a sense of nostalgia.
The show also displayed works by a number of designers such as Once Upon a Chair, The Loft, Pendulum, Nesma Embroidery and others.
The Athr exhibition will continue in the office towers of Serafi Mega Mall until Jan. 4, 2018.
 

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