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THREE ARTISTS FROM SAUDI ARABIA TO PARTICIPATE IN SOUTH AMERICA’S LARGEST ART BIENNAL FOR THE FIRST TIME

 
Buenos Aires, 27 JUNE 2019 – Supported by the Ministry of Culture three Saudi artists, from the Kingdom’s increasingly vibrant cultural scene, will for the first time exhibit their work at Bienalsur, the biennale of South America.
 
Fatima al Banawi, Ayman Zedani and Faisal Samra, who were selected by Bienalsur’s curators from more than 5,000 proposals from around the world, will inaugurate their exhibition in Buenos Aires on 27 June 2019.
 
Bienalsur, the world’s first traveling contemporary art biennale, runs from June until November. The biennale begins in South America and will travel through five continents, taking in more than 100 venues across 42 cities around the world, ending at Tokyo’s University of Arts. Bienalsur is also scheduled to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the first time in October 2019.
 
Jeddah-based Harvard-educated artist and actor Fatima al Banawi will exhibit, A Blink of an Eye. This artwork is a 7-minute long video, in which al Banawi also stars, reenacting confessional accounts from the everyday lives of five strangers.
 
Ayman Zedani will present his multi-layered installation “Sailing Stones.” This work was created by sliding a collection of 15 agate stones into wet clay, producing a unique trail impression for each stone. At the exhibition, the resulting prints will be displayed on large paper rolls highlighting the tangibility of the process in the final display.
 
Faisal Samra’s installation will invite Bienalsur visitors to form “A Grip of Hope” with sun-dried clay. These pieces will then be collated and form a wall, which will grow in size as the piece travels around the world. Visitors will also be asked to sign a ‘petition of commitment’ to reduce the damage caused by over consumption in society.
 
Ministry of Culture spokesperson Abdulkarim Al Humaid said “The presence of Saudi artists at Bienalsur for the first time illustrates the rapid development in Saudi Arabia’s culture sector and the deserved international recognition Saudi artists are receiving. Encouraging cultural exchange is one of the key objectives for the Ministry as it supports showcasing the best of Saudi Arabia to the world. We hope that these three artists taking part in Biensalur will inspire other Saudis to participate in the exciting cultural transformation that is underway across the Kingdom.”