Edge of Arabia glows in the Biennale di Venezia with a Collateral Event titled RHIZOMA

Edge of Arabia glows in the Biennale di Venezia with a Collateral Event titled RHIZOMA
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Edge of Arabia glows in the Biennale di Venezia with a Collateral Event titled RHIZOMAIn partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives, Edge of Arabia is returning to the Biennale di Venezia with a Collateral Event titled RHIZOMA (Generation in Waiting), which will run from May 30 to September 24 and explore the vocabularies of a new generation of Saudi artists. The exhibition will include artworks and projects which embrace technology, science and natural philosophy and aims to shine a light on contemporary creative practices and networks in present day Saudi Arabia.
Curated by London-based art critic and independent curator, Sara Raza, and Saudi-based poet, curator and artist, Ashraf Fayadh, RHIZOMA‘s premise draws from the actual rhizoma, the ancient Greek word for the underground root of a plant that shoots its roots both horizontally and vertically as a metaphor for a bold new generation of artists who are challenging the force of gravity through inspiring projects. Many of the artists are creating new works specifically for the exhibition. Works present in the exhibition explore multiplicity in both concept and execution deployed via an array of mediums such as new media practices and the employment of internet and video art, photography, sculpture, textiles and installation.
Highlights including several site specific works that subvert geometric spatial dynamics, and special projects by cross-platform YouTube sensations TelFaz11 and UTurn, who will be collaborating with artists to create new realities that reach peer-group audiences in their millions. In addition, a special
zomatic structure will be especially designed and built within the exhibition by The Amen Art Foundation, a new Riyadh based platform set up by Edge of Arabia co-founder, Abdulnasser Gharem. This platform will stage several art works and projects which function as an extended metaphor for non-linear identities and generational collaborations which Rhizoma promotes. Within this structure, The Khatt Foundation, a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to advancing design thinking in the Middle East, will run a participatory research station inviting public collaboration in designing the visual identity of the foundation.
Accompanying the project a series of artist talks and in-conversations will be streamed via the internet cross-connecting the exhibition with audiences in Saudi Arabia and internationally. Social media platforms such as twitter, instagram and facebook shall also serve as extensions of the project further soliciting public engagement and dialogue. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition including a curatorial essay by Sara Raza, poems and an instagram diary by Ashraf Fayadh, an interview between Edge of Arabia co-founder Abdulnasser Gharem and Anna Somers Cocks, as well as contributions by leading artists and cultural practitioners inside and outside of Saudi Arabia.The exhibition will show the works of the following artists – Abdulkarim Qassem, Abdullah Alothman, Ahaad Alamoudi, Ahmad Angawi, Basmah Felemban, Batool Alshomrani, Dana Awrtani, Eiman Elgibreen, Eyad Maghazil, Heba Abed, Huda Beydoun, Majid Althobaity, Mala’a Al-Amoudi, Mohammad Makki, Nasser Salem, Nora A. Almazrooa, Nouf Alhimiary, Omamah AlSadiq, Ramy Alqthamy, Saeed Salem, Sami Al-Turki, Sarah AbuAbdallah, Sarah Al Abdali, Shaweesh.RHIZOMA (Generation in Waiting)
30th May – 24th September 2013, Tuesday – Sunday: 11am-6pm; Closed: Mondays. Admission Free.
Press Preview: 29th May 2013, 5pm – 6pm // Private View: 29th May 2013, From 6pm

Magazzini del Sale, No. 262 Dorsoduro Fondamenta delle Zattere, Venice (ACTV stop: Line 1, Salute)

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