Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale Announces Participating Artists for its Inaugural Edition

Riyadh, Diriyah Biennale Foundation (DBF), is delighted to announce the artists that will be participating in Saudi Arabia’s first contemporary art biennale, to be held from 11 December 2021 through 11 March 2022 in the JAX district of Diriyah, outside of Riyadh.

Developed by a team of international curators led by Philip Tinari (Director and Chief Executive of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, China) the Biennale will unfold in six sections, with works from national and international artists examining the theme “Feeling the Stones” and engaging visitors in a dialogue around contemporary art.

The list of artists participating includes, in alphabetical order by surname:

Omar Abduljawad (Saudi Arabia), Sarah Abu Abdallah (Saudi Arabia), Hmoud Al Attawi (Saudi Arabia), Manal AlDowayan (Saudi Arabia), Fahad Al Hejailan (Saudi Arabia), Lulwah Al-Homoud (Saudi Arabia), Mahdi Al Jeraibi (Saudi Arabia), Abdullah AlOthman (Saudi Arabia), Monira Al Qadiri (Kuwait), Daniah Al Saleh (Saudi Arabia), Mohammed Al Saleem (Saudi Arabia), Shadia Alem(Saudi Arabia), Zahrah Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia). Marwah AlMugait (Saudi Arabia), Jowhara AlSaud (Saudi Arabia), Rashed AlShashai (Saudi Arabia), Dana Awartani, Larry Bell (United States), Sultan Bin Fahad (Saudi Arabia), Birdhead (China), Sarah Brahim (Saudi Arabia), Colin Chinnery (United Kingdom), Ayman Yossri Daydban (Palestine - Jordan), Simon Denny (New Zealand), Ibrahim El Dessouki (Egypt), Osama Esid (Syria), Morris Foit (Kenya), John Gerrard (Ireland), Abdullah Hammas (Saudi Arabia), Huang Rui (China), William Kentridge (South Africa), Wolfgang Laib (Germany), Lei Lei & Chai Mi (China), Lawrence Lek (Germany), Richard Long (United Kingdom), Maha Malluh (Saudi Arabia), Ahmed Mater (Saudi Arabia), Mohamed Melehi (Morocco), Han Mengyun (China), Sarah Morris (United States), Munira Mosli (Saudi Arabia), Peter Mulindwa (Uganda), Nabuqi (China), Filwa Nazer (Saudi Arabia), Geof Oppenheimer (United States), Miguel Angel Payano Jr. (United States), Faisal Samra (Saudi Arabia), Shao Fan (China), Muhannad Shono (Saudi Arabia), Timur Si-Qin (Germany), Tavares Strachan (Bahamas), Superstudio (Italy), Koki Tanaka (Japan), Wang Luyan (China), Wang Sishun (China), Wang Yuping (China), Andro Wekua (Georgia), Xu Bing (China), Yukinori Yanagi (Japan), Ayman Zedani (Saudi Arabia), Zhang Peili (China), Zheng Yuan (China), Zou Zhao (Singapore).

Commenting on the selection of artists, Aya Al-Bakree, CEO of the Diriyah Biennale Foundation, said, “As the Foundation prepares to open the first contemporary art biennale organized, conceived and hosted in Saudi Arabia, the selection of artists is emblematic of our commitment - to showcase Saudi artists in dialogue with leading artists from around the world. We see the development of cultural exchange and international dialogue in contemporary art as a crucial element in enhancing the cultural infrastructure in this country and look forward to welcoming artists and audiences alike to Diriyah”.

Curator Philip Tinari, Director and Chief Executive of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, China, added: “The Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale presents an unprecedented opportunity for the wide audiences in Saudi Arabia to experience global contemporary art. Inspired by the notion of ‘Crossing the river by feeling the stones,’ the exhibition explores how social transformation happens in a way that is iterative yet directional, experimental yet pragmatic. We have chosen to focus on major projects by Saudi and international artists, including more than thirty site-specific commissions. We hope that viewers will come away with a heightened sense of enquiry and exploration, having made new connections between the dynamic art scene now emerging in Saudi Arabia and positions from around the world.”

The Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale will be the Kingdom’s first international contemporary art biennale, providing a platform for discovery, connection and dialogue.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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