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At the Qasr Khuzam in Jeddah, the Argentinian arts event BIENALSUR fascinates with sight, sound and shadow

DJEDDAH: BIENALSUR 2021, the second edition of Argentina’s contemporary art cultural event in the world, has arrived in Jeddah, and residents will have a breathtaking cultural experience.

Twenty artists from 13 countries present their work at the exhibition which opened on December 1 in Qasr Khuzam. Hosted by the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition entitled “Echoes: a world between analog and virtual” is made up of immersive works, which play with the shadows of visitors, the echo of their voices and the reverberations of surrounding sounds.

Qasr Khuzam served as the first residence in Jeddah for King Abdulaziz Al-Saud. The palace is characterized by its unique architectural style with Art Nouveau and Art Deco influences, with large entrance halls and symmetrical staircases followed by interconnected wings. These attributes serve as a striking backdrop for the exhibition, addressing the acoustic phenomena of echo and reverberation, using them as metaphors for how people naturally move around the world between analog and virtual situations.

Saudi artist Ahaad Al Alamoudi presents his works during the exhibition.

With more than 30 works by artists on display, including five from Saudi Arabia, the exhibition deals with themes ranging from environmental awareness, art policy to transit and migration.

Organized by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires under the direction of its rector and passionate art collector, Aníbal Jozami, and the creative director of the event, Diana Wechsler, the second edition of the International Biennial of he contemporary art from South America has taken place on a global network of institutional collaboration that erases distances and boundaries, as well as maintaining uniqueness in diversity.

Wechsler and Jozami told Arab News that his presence in Saudi Arabia is part of the dialogues for peace and international integration through art and culture, to which BIENALSUR contributes.

It will be the first time that a visual arts exhibition, designed to converge with other ways of thinking, has been presented to the Saudi public.

“We want to change the art map of the world, the paradigms. We believe that there are cultural and artistic expressions that have always remained, ”said Jozami. “BIENALSUR is proof that there is still room for surprising and innovative ideas.

Wechsler added: “The exhibition seeks to convey to the viewer a reflection on this way of inhabiting the present. This varied selection of artists and works aims to recreate such a flow of the contemporary individual from a poetic dimension.

“We invite visitors to explore spaces that are not fully recognized and to identify images that will spark surprise and reflection.”

The exhibition “Recovering Stories, Recovering Fantasies” occupied most parts of the restored architectural building of the Jeddah Regional Museum – considered one of the best museums in Jeddah – with works by Saudi artists Ahaad Al-Amoudi , Lina Gazzaz, Felwa Nazer, Muhannad Shono and Daniah Alsaleh.

There are also works by Tony Oursler and Chris Larson from the United States, Darren Almond from Great Britain, Argentina’s Matilde Marin; Carola Zech, Hugo Aveta, from Spain. Daniel Canogar and Tanja Demanrom will be from Croatia. From Switzerland, there is Sève Favre, and from Mexico, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Polish artist Angelika Markul will be present alongside French artists Anais Lelievre, Cécile Bart and photographer Valérie Jouve. From South Korea, there are Sujin Lim and Joel Andrianomearisoa from Madagascar.

Among all these international artists, the work of Darren Almond offers two modalities modified in one of the last ways of displaying the hours as a mode of expression of digital clocks.

Saudi artist Ahaad Al-Amoudi tries to understand the correlation between light and dark through his video. “In the play itself, I study how light is sometimes projected to us, whether through family, friendships or personal needs and how we move towards the light,” she said. declared.

Al-Amoudi presents the premises that give rise to his video installation, which focus on how information is shared and at the same time defines us as subjects of society.

South Korean artist Sujin Lim explores dimensions of change in the natural environment and, with it, the landscape on another horizon of another island.

Entering its dark exhibition hall, Saudi artist Lina Gazzaz’s project “Shadow / Light Room” explores and seeks to capture the action of light on the elements to activate the ideas of these lights in different ways.

“The room is part of a larger study that includes different artistic applications such as glass, sculpture, drawings, prints and experiments are still ongoing. The room is also set up according to the echo system between the 40 images and the number of woods around 2000 slow and careful movements that are part of the experiment, ”she said.

Exhibits travel the world in countries such as Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Paraguay , Peru, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay and others.

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