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HRH Princess Sabeeka to patronise Art BAB 2018
03 : 30 PM - 04/03/2018
Manama, Mar. 4 (BNA): Under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), Art Bahrain Across Borders (Art BAB 2018), Bahrain’s leading contemporary Art Fair, is set to launch in a glittering opening ceremony on March 14th 2018, at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center. The show will be open for the public from the 15th till the 18th of March 2018.

During a press conference held at the Arcapita Building in Bahrain Bay, Art BAB announced an exciting and eclectic list of participating galleries with artists coming from across the globe to exhibit at this influential Bahraini art fair. Embracing Bahrain’s cultural heritage as an intimate marketplace, this international art fair is a place to interact with contemporary art from all over the world.

ArtBAB aims to strengthen the base of their arts economy by empowering and educating local artists, giving them the opportunity to showcase their unique skills through a sponsored Pavilion which will this year host more than 35 Bahraini artists, exhibiting over 100 works.

Now in its third edition, ArtBAB presents an impressive line-up of 15 galleries and 13 independent artists from 11 countries. Alon Zakaim Fine Art from the UK will be showcasing works including Mauro Peruchetti’s Arab Jelly Baby; this cartoon-like work mirrors the modern social environment, strongly reflecting the natural dialogue between civilisations directly relating to the exhibition space. Located in the heart of Gujarat, India, Samara Art Gallery will be bringing over a combination of Indian and international artworks. Their gallery is curated similarly to that of the Guggenheim giving the art the freedom to thrive in its own space, which they hope to mirror in the space at ArtBAB.

Also exhibiting is Tsekh Art Gallery, one of the most respected art galleries in Ukraine; they work to break the boundaries normally associated with Ukrainian installation art. Galerie Bruno Massa, USA, operates at the forefront of the most dynamic international markets. Based in New York and Paris, they will be bringing to Bahrain the very latest cultural evolutions.

The renowned Italian artist collective Antonello Ghezzi will be presenting Blow Against the Walls – for this performance, visitors will blow bubbles against barriers that represent universal divides. As the bubbles impact the wall and go through it, a canvas will capture the expressions of these people and their breath. The performance is part of the on-going project BLOW, which has been shown in Paris, Athens for DOCUMENTA 14, Bologna and Beirut.

The fair’s 2018 programme will also include a series of significant educational talks. Curated by Amal Khalaf, ArtBAB Conversations will present talks, performances and panels that explore recent initiatives and projects by artists, curators and institutions, looking at contexts, exchange, modes of production and collaboration in their work.

Tamadher Al Fahal (Designer, TEDx Speaker and Co-founder of Ulafa’s Initiative) will take to the stage to speak about Curatorial Exchange, shedding light on areas of cultural conflict and religious misconceptions influenced by her upbringing in the Arab world. Valeria Mariani, head of projects for the Crossway Foundation, will also be hosting an informal session on the Foundations alumni and alternative education models in the region. Paul-Gordon Chandler, an author, interfaith advocate and renowned art curator will also be speaking about the international perspective beyond the region, more specifically the works of Khalil Gibran.

Beyond the exhibitors of this versatile and inclusive fair, ArtBAB will include the work of Hussain Al Hujairi, a Bahraini composer, sound artist and independent researcher. Hujairi’s work builds on his academic interest in Historiography and Ethnomusicology which he has presented all over the world. He will be debuting a sound performance translating John Cage’s Lecture on Something Lecture on Nothing into Arabic. This stimulating live performance will adapt the space of ArtBAB, embracing the culture of the exhibition experience as a performance space.

The fair will also collaborate with not-for-profit organisations and, for the first time, the kids@artbab workshop will focus on developing skills and creating a foundation for Bahraini artists in the future.

ArtBAB reinforces Bahrain’s position in the Gulf as a regional arts hub, inspiring entrepreneurship, art education and local skills development. Alongside the fair, ArtBAB continues its highly successful international Artist Development Programme which focuses on connecting the art of Bahrain to the global art community and vice versa. Launched at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2016, ArtBAB’s programme has since been to India and will continue with events in Europe this year ending it with the 3rd edition of the Bahrain art week in London.

Founded conceived, created and curated by Fair and Programme Director KaneKa Subberwal, this year’s theme is Education "the more we learn the more we grow "she says with the focus being collaborative exchange.


BNA 1223 GMT 2018/03/04

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