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The Art Event You Need to Visit in February

Dana Awartani, I Went Away and Forgot You. A While Ago I Remembered I’d Forgotten You. I Was Dreaming. 2017, mixed media installation with sand and pigment, single-channel video with sound 24 minutes and 48 seconds. Courtesy of the Artist and Athr Gallery

The Saudi Art Council has finally announced the long-awaited dates and program for the sixth edition of 21,39 Art. The non-profit initiative, held under the patronage of HRH Princess Jawaher bint Majid bin Abdulaziz, entitled “Al Obour” is set to kick off at Jeddah’s Gold Moor on February 2nd.

The event will play host to installations, paintings, sculptures, photography, and films by prominent artists from across the Kingdom. Through individual Instagram uploads, the council introduced the participating artists, which include Nora Almazrooa, who has exhibited locally and internationally. It was also announced in November that the exhibit was to be curated by Dr. Effat Abdullah Fadag, who is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Jeddah and an artist and academic working in the field of higher education.

Dr. Effat was closely associated with the growing art movement in Saudi Arabia, and has showcased many of her own exhibitions in the region and internationally. She graduated from the King Abdulaziz University and continued her studies in England. She returned to Saudi Arabia to work in fine arts and design.

Past artists of the exhibition include Dana Awartani, an acclaimed Palestinian-Saudi artist who employs painting, sand mosaics, as well as video into her designs.

Learn more by visiting their Instagram page.

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