A selection of projects we have been working on in the last few years
Official Collateral Event of the 55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia at Arsenale Nord.
For her presentation as a Collateral Event of the 55. International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, Shirazeh Houshiary will presentBreath: a four channel video that was first conceived in 2003, in a remastered version and as part of a unique, site-specific installation. In Breath (2013), the evocative chants of Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Islamic prayers emanate from four video screens. The location for Houshiary’s dramatic rendering of Breath is Torre di Porta Nuova, a tower built during the restoration of the Arsenale that took place between 1809 and 1814.
Official Collateral Event of the 55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia Tesa 100, Arsenale Nord, Venice
Love Me, Love Me Not is an unprecedented exhibition of contemporary art from Azerbaijan and its neighbours, featuring recent work by 17 artists from Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey, Russia, and Georgia. Produced and supported by YARAT, a not-for-profit contemporary art organisation based in Baku, and curated by Dina Nasser-Khadivi, the exhibition will be open to the public from 1st June until 24th November 2013 at Tesa 100, Arsenale Nord, at La Biennale di Venezia – 55th International Art Exhibition.
Official Collateral Event of the 55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia at Spazio Lightbox
The exhibition, presented by Chung Hyung-Min, director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, and curated by Chu-young Lee, brings together on a truly fantastic journey the most significant contemporary Korean artists, who reinterpret and transform the evocative, period room of Spazio Lightbox into a dream scenery. The works on display covers different media and include installations, sculptures, videos, paintings and photos realized by 16 artists.
Official Collateral Event of the 55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia at Magazzini del Sale, Zattere
Curated by London-based art critic and independent curator, Sara Raza, and Saudi-based poet, curator and artist, Ashraf Fayadh. Produced by Edge of Arabia.
Many of the artists are creating new works specifically for the exhibition. A special structure was especially designed and built within the exhibition by The Amen Art Foundation, a new Riyadh based platform set up by Edge of Arabia co-founder, Abdulnasser Gharem. This platform has stage several art works and projects which function as an extended metaphor for non-linear identities and generational collaborations which Rhizoma promotes.
Official Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition- la Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Falier, San Marco
a remote whisper is an extraordinary piece by world renowned Portuguese artist Pedro Cabrita Reis, specifically produced for the occasion of the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. The artist installs in the 700 sqm piano nobile of Palazzo Falier a monumental work that occupies the walls and floors of the exhibition site, inviting the viewer to engage in a path of random trajectories through the space, thus building an intricate perception of the piece. The exhibition, curated by Sabrina van der Ley, Director for Contemporary Art at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, displays a semi-precarious, hand-made, construction that combines aluminum, glass, and fluorescent fixtures, drawings, paintings, and photos.
Circuito Off, video art festival, Teatrino of Palazzo Grassi 2013
Founded in 2000, Circuito Off in thirteen years has become an international reference point of experimental audiovisual creation.A catalyst for new styles,trends and languages, Circuito Off has always placed at the centre of its mission the mixing of genres, questioning the fluctuating identity and mutable nature of video. Today, Circuito Off represents for its audience a window into the vast world of video creation in all its complexity, in its evolution, between new technologies and old tricks of the trade — an ideal bridge between art and cinema that is constantly changing and perpetually reinventing itself.In 2013, for its last edition, the video festival was organized in collaboration with the François Pinault Collection at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi.
Official Collateral Event of the 54. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia at Magazzini del Sale, Zattere
The Future of a Promise is the largest Pan-Arab show of contemporary art at the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. From Tunisia all the way to Saudi Arabia, this landmark exhibition brings together more than twenty-five recent works by some of the foremost artists from the Arab world. Presenting important works that range from installation, performance and photography, to video, sculpture and painting.
The exhibition is curated by Lina Lazaar, produced by Edge of Arabia and supported by Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives and Abraaj Capital, three newly partnered organisations whose commitment to contemporary art practice in the Middle East is at the heart of a current artistic renaissance in the region.
The Dalì Universe, The Diocesan Museum of St. Apollonia, 2011
The Dalì Universe is an exhibition dedicated to Salvador Dalì with more than 100 works of the Master of the Surrealism. Visitor will have the opportunity to admire little known collections, such as bronze sculptures, illustrations on the main themes of literature, glass objects and the golden series. Organized by the President of the Ambrosiana Foundation Beniamino Levi, one of the people who closely knew Salvador Dalì’s works.
Edge of Arabia, Saudi Artist Ehibition, Palazzo Polignac, Venice 2009
For the first time Saudi Artists present their work during the 53th International Art Exhibition. In 2009 a new generation of Saudi Artists shed light on the largely unknown contemporary art culture of Saudi Arabia. Edge Of Arabia in Venice features the work of 10 Saudi contemporary artists, male and female. Their work explores the complex and diverse reality of 21st century life in Saudi Arabia, combining installation, performance and a variety of other media with a multi-disciplinary approach to artistic practice – one artist is a GP, another an army Major. In its outlook and range the work is as much personal or domestic as it is geopolitical.