Saudi Art Council to launch 3-month event

This year’s edition will include lectures, workshops and panel discussions, as well as discovery trips to the historical area of Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 29 January 2019
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Saudi Art Council to launch 3-month event

  • “This year’s edition will include lectures, workshops and panel discussions, as well as discovery trips to the historical area of Jeddah,” Fadag added

JEDDAH: The Saudi Art Council is gearing up to launch Al-Obour (The Crossing), a multigenerational aesthetic experience that will be open to the public from Feb. 6 at the council’s headquarters in Gold Moor Mall, Jeddah.
It is part of 21,39 Jeddah Art, an initiative that aims to promote art and culture in Jeddah.
Curator Dr. Effat Fadag said the three-month event would include work from three generations of contemporary artists from across the Middle East and Europe, in an attempt to foster communication between them.
“This year’s edition will include lectures, workshops and panel discussions, as well as discovery trips to the historical area of Jeddah,” Fadag added.
“The main theme of the exhibition is to question the nature of crossing through its different manifestations,” she said.
“It answers the questions: How do we cross? Is it a physical or metaphysical crossing? What are the different sociocultural classes from which we can pass?”


Hafez Gallery brings together 5 galleries from around Jeddah for special fair

Syrian artist Osama Esid’s painting explores personal identity. (Supplied)
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Hafez Gallery brings together 5 galleries from around Jeddah for special fair

JEDDAH: The Hafez Gallery has organized the Shara Art Fair at the Saudi Art Council’s headquarters, bringing together five galleries from around Jeddah.
“I’ve been exhibiting with the Hafez Gallery for the past four years, ever since it started,” Osama Esid, from Damascus, told Arab News.
His painting at the art fair, “Zamakan,” is “about refugees sinking as they try to cross vast stretches of water,” he said.
He created the painting “in the dark to show the final resting place of these refugees,” he added. “I’d use brushes, sticks, and sometimes even my fingers.”
Artist Bashair Hawsawi told Arab News that his piece, showing a couple of broom heads attached back to back, “reflects the experiences I went through this year, because I want to clean my thoughts and ideas from negative things.” He added: “When I was young, people would comment on my shyness and weakness, so I started to be aware of this, and that helped me work out who I really wanted to be.”

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• Five galleries from around Jeddah participated in the Shara Art Fair organized by Hafez Gallery.

• Artist Osama Esid, from Damascus, has been exhibiting his works at Hafez Gallery for the past four years.

• Bashair Hawsawi and Khalid Zahid were the other artists who had their works exhibited at the art fair.

Khalid Zahid, known for his Islamic-themed modern art, exhibited balloons shaped like mosques in different colors. “The concept is called ‘Joyful.’ What I wanted to show was how balloons bring joy whether you’re young or old,” he told Arab News.
“As for the shape, I wanted to show how Islam brings joy to people. That’s why they (the balloons) look like mosques.”