Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of Art Reoriented, this 4th edition is designed as an educational platform that explores the notion of travel and movement as a vehicle for learning and growth. Conceived as both a public forum for creative experimentation, as well as a visual arts exhibition, Safar will feature artworks and creative projects, mostly new commissions, by 45 artists, 25 of whom are young, emerging artists from Saudi Arabia. Over a period of six months, more than 50 events will take place featuring workshops, presentations and film screenings by a host of local, regional and international artists and creatives.
The Arabic word for travel safar has its roots in the word saafer, a term that is used to describe things that are revealed, or unveiled. Instead of simply designating a process of movement from one site to another, the Arabic word safar implies a process of discovery and exploration by which things are revealed to the traveler leading to added knowledge of self, of the other, of the places that were left behind and the places that were arrived at.
In emphasizing this multilayered notion of travel, and the process of discovery that it entails, safar the exhibition, has been conceived as a manifestation of constant motion across five venues spread across the city of Jeddah and beyond: a popular shopping mall, a 1970s former royal palace, a 19th century abandoned woman’s shelter in the city’s historic quarter, and KAEC (King Abdullah Economic City) . In the same way that travel necessitates movement, the exhibition will require its visitors to move around its five sites, discovering different neighborhoods within and beyond the city and the respective narratives that continue to unfold within them. Each of these distinct locations symbolizes a main sphere of activity within the complex social fabric of Jeddah. The act of traveling from one exhibition destination to another traces the routes taken by the people of the city as they go about their daily routines.
safar equally explores the fascinating journeys that the five exhibition venues have undergone through time. They each have served certain purposes at particular moments. Some have moved on to cater for new functions. Others have been frozen until they were reactivated when chosen as one of the exhibition venues. Through works that respond to the story and architecture of each of these diverse sites, as well as to the notion of movement and change through time at large, the exhibition safar cites the existing narratives surrounding these spaces and traces the possibility of new overlapping ones resulting in a cross temporal, non-linear charting of histories that reflect the vibrant energy through which artistic practices in Jeddah have been a tool through which the city continues to be re-imagined by its artistic and creative community.
The exhibition will open on February 1, 2017 and stay on view until May 2017.
In further exploring this notion of travel/unveiling, the exhibition safar is equally conceived as a platform for the exchange of ideas comprising a series of ongoing workshops, artist talks and presentations and film screenings. These will take place within the “Forum”, a designated, purpose-built, multi-functional educational space envisioned as the pulsing heart of the exhibition. The Forum consists of four main activities:
The Forum Lounge / al-majlis: The lounge is the physical place inside the Saudi Art Council’s exhibition space in the mall, where the art platform, workshops and ongoing program take place. It is designed as a creative hub that is available for young creatives to meet and network before and throughout the exhibition duration.
The Forum Workshop / al-mashghal: The workshops are designed to replicate core elements of a foundational curriculum in studio arts, aimed at the creative community in Jeddah. They include a 12-week long, skill-driven drawing and painting classes, as well as theoretical, two-day workshops, in art history, principles of design, typography, photography and curatorial practice.
The Forum Art Platform / al-minassah: A three-day series of artist talks, portfolio reviews, panel discussions and presentations by international and local arts-professionals scheduled during the opening days of the Jeddah Arts Week (February 1 to 4) marking the launch of the 2017 edition of Jeddah 21, 39. These will be open to the general public.
The Forum Art Encounters / al-multaqah: A series of alternating bi-weekly screenings of the art documentary Art 21 followed by group discussions and bi-weekly presentations by local artists and local creatives both included in the exhibition or simply based in various cities across Saudi Arabia. They are designed as a tool for engaging the creative community in a productive discourse about each other’s practices.
يعرض "سفر" الأعمال الفنية، والمشاريع الإبداعية لـ17 من الفنانين السعوديين الشباب والناشئة. وسيتمّ تنظيم برنامج يتضمن أكثر من 50 نشاط ثقافي يمتد على مدى ثلاثة ١أشهر ويتضمّن ورش العمل، والعروض من قبل مجموعة من الفنانين والمبدعين المحليين والإقليميين والدوليين
وقد كانت فكرة العنوان "سفر" حاضرة قبل البدء بتركيب المعرض. وعمل بردويل وفيلراث على تنظيم الرحلات الدراسية الدولية لمدينة برلين ولكوريا كجزء من برنامج تعليمي مدته سنة واحدة حيث سافر ستة فنانين سعوديين ناشئة للمشاركة في هذه الجولات، وعليه أسسوا لجان خاصة لنسخة 2017 لفن جدة 21،39. والفنانون هم: ماجد عنقاوي، مروة المقيط، وعبد الله العثمان، وبيان عبد اللطيف، ومحمد فرج، وريم الناصر
هذا المفهوم المتعدد المستويات من "السفر"، وعملية اكتشاف ما ينطوي عليه، تنعكس في الهيكلة ومحتوى المعرض الذي سيقام في أربعة أرجاء مختلفة في مدينة جدة، حيث سيستضيف كلّ مكان تركيبات مخصصة تتلاءم مع الروايات التاريخية والمعاصرة التي يحكيها كلّ مكان من هذه الأمكنة!
المول: حيّ الشاطىء، جولد مور مول سيشهد أعمال فنيّة مركّبة لـ17 فنانًا سعوديًا من الفنانين الناشئة، والتي ستتضمن مشاريع فنيّة مختلفة، مثل: الرسم، التصوير، النحت، الفيديو وتراكيب الوسائط المختلطة.
المنزل: رباط يعود للقرن الـ19 لعائلة الخنجي التي كانت تقطن الحي التاريخي القديم في المدينة، وسيستضيف المنزل عملا تركيبيًا ضخمًا
(المدينة: التطوّر الحديث لمدينة الملك عبدالله الاقتصادية، وستضم مجموعة من 8 أعمال الفيديو من قبل كبار فناني الفيديو العالميين، وهو المعرض الأول من نوعه في المملكة العربية السعودية
وقد طوّر بردويل وفيلراث أيضًا (المنتدى) وهو برنامج مؤلف من ورش العمل المتواصلة، ومناقشات الفنانين، والعروض التي ستستمرّ على مدى ثلاثة أشهر، وهدفها تعزيز التواصل بين الفنانين المحليين والجمهور السعودي.
وتشمل البرامج: ورشة عمل (المشغل) وهي سلسلة تمتدُّ 12 أسبوعٍ، ودورات في نهاية الأسبوع مفتوحة للمجتمع الإبداعي في جدة، التي تمّ تصميمها لتكرار العناصر الأساسية لمنهج التأسيسية في فنون الاستوديو.
منصة الفن (المنصة) وهي عبارة عن سلسلة لمدة ثلاثة أيام من مناقشات الفنان، واستعراض المحفظة الفنيّة، بالإضافة إلى حلقات النقاش، والعروض من قبل المتخصصين الفنيين العالميين والمحليين وذلك خلال الأيام الأولى من فعاليات فن جدة 21،39.
لقاءات (الملتقى)، سلسلة للعروض والتي ستجري كل أسبوعين بالتناوب لتعرض وثائقيا عن فن جدة 21،39، تليها مناقشات جماعية، وعروض للفنانين الإقليميين، وممارسي الثقافة الممثلين في المعرض أو على صعيد المملكة العربية السعودية.
قاعة (المجلس)، في مركز الجولد مور صممت لتكون مركزًا إبداعيًا للالتقاء والتواصل قبل وأثناء تركيب المعرض وطيلة مدته.
Internationally recognized independent curators and academics, and the co-founders of Art Reoriented, a multidisciplinary curatorial platform based in Munich and New York. Over the past decade they have jointly curated numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions in renowned museums and institutions worldwide. Their curatorial projects are marked by a rigorous inter-temporal, trans-cultural, and cross-disciplinary approach. Bardaouil and Fellrath’s work is equally rooted in the field of modernist studies, as well as global contemporary artistic practices. Their current exhibition Art et Liberté: Rupture, War and Surrealism in Egypt (1938 – 1948) will be on view at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (20 October 2016 – 16 January 2017), the Reina Sofía in Madrid (14 February – 11 June 2017), the Kunstsammlung K21 in Düsseldorf (15 July – 15 October 2017), and the Tate Liverpool (13 November 2017 – 4 March 2018).
A young photographer from Jeddah. His passion for photography started in 2010 where he began working as a commercial photographer for SARD24 23. He participated in the “Young Saudi Artists’ competition in 2015 and exhibited in two photography exhibits, one with Arabian Wings ‘Special Edition 2’ and the other in 2016 in ‘Al Hangar’. Majid’s interests are now focused on documentary photography and street photography and the effects it has on society.
An Artist from Riyadh. She obtained a BA in Business Administration from King Saud University in 2004. She pursued her postgraduate studies in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster, London in 2012. In developing her photography technique, she has dramatically moved from commercial to conceptual art photography. Her photographs tend to be intimate portraits of stories, providing the audience a confidential glimpse into a private moment.
Marwah’s first major photographic series, “The Avant Garde Arabia”, was exhibited at Abu Dhabi Art and Brunel University, London in 2012. In the same year, she won the Metro Imaging one-year mentorship for her project ‘The Mood Diary’, which examined the issue of mental health in Saudi Arabia, intimately documenting an individual’s battle with bipolar disorder in Riyadh.
In her first solo exhibition in 2015, Marwah focused on exposition: shedding light on matters that people overlook or discard. Her work encompasses a wide variety of themes but embodies the desire to explore the gap between contemporary and old ways of communication. Her work emphasises the fluidity and turbulence by drawing from a wide range of technologies and a heightened sense of awareness, she allows her audience to pay attention to the pauses in human interaction, giving them the space to develop a dialogue with the art.
An artist and contemporary writer from Riyadh. He has been consumed with art from a very early age, in his words ‘I do not believe that the purpose of art is only to deal with an issue or to apply a certain wisdom. I want to be saved through art with the least amount of loss. If life is my predicament then art is my salvation. I go to a marginal area, and treat it as a centre to create things, to play and to practice art by looking deeply into people’s faces and by my daily greetings. I look for questions that lead me not to answers but to other questions. My art work starts with a question concerning life, its cycles and its effects on me and their existence “Art is life” Art means living better’.
Born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1993. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Graphic Design from Dar AlHekma University. She currently works as a freelance graphic designer and a visual artist. Bayan developed a deep interest in Arabic typography, she produces works that project both her personal environment and culture.
Simplicity, directness and the constant use of text as images along with other principles of Islamic art are always noticeable in her work. Bayan also experiments with Arabic letterforms in an attempt to modernise their traditional approaches and to encourage others to do the same.
A photographer and filmmaker. He works mainly on non-fiction projects and stories, his latest documentary "LOST" which addresses the stateless Arabs in Saudi Arabia was shown in several festivals in Dubai, Paris and NYC. Mohammed is a member of the programming team in "Saudi Film Festival" and was a participant in the FCP program in Finland and one of the artists of the "Crossway foundation" expeditions to Japan.
An artist from Jizan. She graduated with a BA in Home Economics but decided to pursue her other passion in life, art. Reem experiments by using various artistic tools to express the messages she feels need to be heard. Her focus is primarily on saudi women living in remote areas and the cultural difficulties they face.