Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Refusing to Be Still

Puppet Sun, 2017 
Marble, wood, acrylic, iron base 
75 x 24 x 20 cm

The production of ideas, concepts and artistic forms is an endless negotiation and a continuous dialogue. Like an evolving reality, artistic practices are constantly transforming, refusing to stand still and become permanent. In a fast-shaping landscape of events, which characterises the contemporary moment in Saudi Arabia, the 2018 edition of 21,39 investigates the multifaceted practices that emerge in this continuously active domain.

Unfolding in three venues, specifically selected for their historical gravitas, Refusing to Be Still activates the current moment in time, looking simultaneously
at the historical, the more recent past and at the future.
The exhibition seeks to explore the different layers and multiple narratives that define creativity in Saudi Arabia. It addresses cultural complexity alongside historical and current narratives. In the rapidly connected contemporary world, Refusing to Be Still aims to advance international dialogue between locations and artistic practices.
The artworks presented in the exhibition explore the old and the new, the permanent and the temporary, as well as the emotional, aesthetic and experiential layers of creativity. A desire to present the uncompromising and fascinating energies, forces and power of the Saudi context has been the defining factor in shaping the story the exhibition tells, a story devoted to the inevitability of continuous transformation. Cur. by Vassals Oikonomopoulos

Mohammad Zaza , Abdulaziz Al-Rashedi ,Ibrahim Abumsmar , Nasser Al-Salem , Badr Ali, Abdelkarim Qassem , James Richards , Ayman Yossri Daydban , Nora Alissa , Kostis Velonis , Emy Kat , Mohamed Monaiseer , Ilona Kálnoky , Hrair Sarkissian , Moath Alofi , Nojoud Al-Sudairi, Hatem Al-Ahmad , Ahaad Alamoudi , Hussein Al-Mohassen ,Filwa Nazer ,Aya Haidar, Ayman Zedani , Ahmad Angawi , Nidhal Chamekh , Eva Taulois , Saleh Serafi , Bricklab , Ali Kazma , Apichatpong Weerasethakul , Abbas Akhavan

Refusing to Be Still
07 Feb - 05 May2018,
21, 39 5th Edition,
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia