HIGHLIGHTS from ‘Personal Revolutions’

'Book of Mathematics' by Hiba Al Ansari. (Supplied)
Updated 18 February 2019

HIGHLIGHTS from ‘Personal Revolutions’

DUBAI: ‘Personal Revolutions’ is showing at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai from March 9 – April 8.

“Untitled”

Leila Nseir

“Personal Revolutions” is a group exhibition curated by the Atassi Foundation. On display will be works from Syrian female artists. “There has never been a dedicated exploration of the art scene relating to women artists in Syria,” said foundation founder Mouna Atassi. “(The exhibition) aims to fill this void … even if only to scratch the surface.”

“A Book of Mathematics”

Hiba Al-Ansari

This mixed-media installation was created by Germany-based artist Hiba Al-Ansari. It is based on a textbook she found in the rubble of a recently destroyed house in Kafrenbel in northern Syria and took back to Munich with her, and is, she has said, an exploration of the moment of explosion, designed to show their “absurdity and illogicality.”

 

“QR Patterns”

Sulafa Hijazi

Hijazi left Syria in 2013, having been a vocal critic of the political and social oppression there. She now lives and works in Berlin. Her digital artwork often focuses on carpets and geometric patterns. In the press release for the show, Mouna Atassi wrote: “To know a society and understand it better, one must look into the role and dynamism of women.”

 


First Art Biennale to be hosted by Saudi Arabia

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Updated 31 May 2020

First Art Biennale to be hosted by Saudi Arabia

  • The biennale is a creative platform that allows international audiences to access Saudi art and cultural performances with depth and diversity

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, has announced the establishment of Al-Diriyah Biennale Foundation for Contemporary Art.

The biennale will alternate in terms of theme, with an exhibition of contemporary art for the first edition set for 2021, and an Islamic art exhibition in 2022.

The minister was appointed as head of the board of directors of Al-Diriyah Biennale Foundation, while Aya Habib Al-Bakri has been appointed CEO.

Through organizing the biennale, the foundation will work to achieve the objectives set in the Ministry of Culture’s vision, which aims at developing contemporary arts platforms in the Kingdom, making it a regional and international hub for arts and culture.

The foundation will conduct the biennale’s rotation of contemporary and Islamic arts exhibitions to diversify it, and create more space for Saudi artists from different creative directions, allowing them to showcase their work and interact with fellow international artists.

The biennale is a creative platform that allows international audiences to access Saudi art and cultural performances with depth and diversity, part of the goals of the ministry in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program.