Jeddah Art Week (JAW) Announces its Second Edition

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One of French-Tunisian street artist eL Seed’s graffiti walls.


Now in its second year, Jeddah Art Week (JAW) has announced an exciting program of 13 art exhibitions, a series of public performances and a one-day international conference on global visual culture all spread across venues in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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The art week, which takes place under the patronage of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information and Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI), and in cooperation with the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, boasts a variety of performances and artworks from established and emerging designers across the Middle East.

These include French-Tunisian street artist eL Seed who performs “calligraffiti” – a work that combines graffiti with traditional Arabic calligraphy to paint a mural in Jeddah’s Old Town in collaboration with five local Saudi street artists. The first of its kind in the Gulf, the event also includes Kakaibang Jeddah!, an exhibition by 15 Jeddah-based Filipino photographers. Another highlight is Wasma Mansour’s ongoing photographic study of single Saudi women living in London – work that also acts as an interrogation of the stereotypical representation of women from her native country. Jeddah Art Week will also witness the unveiling of a newly restored outdoor sculpture park along Jeddah’s Corniche with over 24 works by artists such as Henry Moore, Alexander Calder and Juan Miro.

This year’s program intends to build on the success of the  first edition of Jeddah Art Week, which saw over 1,500 visitors. With such a riveting program of events about art within the Kingdom and in the larger Middle East, viewers will surely open up to a new wave of Contemporary art in the Kingdom, confronting artworks and events not as readily accessible in Saudi Arabia.

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