eL Seed’s ‘Calligraffiti’ (1 February)
French-Tunisian artist eL Seed combines graffiti with traditional Arabic calligraphy to create a unique street art that he calls Calligrafitti. He believes that his work can challenge intolerance and extremism and bring people together. For JAW 2014, eL Seed will paint a mural in the Old Town of Jeddah, inspired by the poetry of a young Saudi Arabian poet. In engaging with the local context and culture, this performance aims to raise awareness about the rich cultural heritage of the Ballad and the need to restore and preserve it. The artist will be assisted by five local graffiti artists to complete this mural over two days.
Kakaibang Jeddah! (2 February)
Saudi Arabia is home to more than 1 million Filipino migrant workers, some of whom have spent decades in the country. Recent changes in immigration laws and the subsequent expulsion of scores of workers has brought attention to the lives of these migrants and the cultures they have created away from home. For the first time, ‘Kakaibang Jeddah’ brings together the work of 15 photographers from the Philippines in an exhibition that celebrates Jeddah and explores lesser-known aspects of the city that they enjoy.
The Unveiling of the Outdoor Sculpture Park (1 February)
Jeddah’s Corniche, the 30 km coastal resort area of the city, is home to one of the largest collections of public sculptures in the world, including works by Henry Moore, Alexander Calder and Juan Miro, amongst many others. After a long period of restoration, JAW 2014 will see these famous sculptures unveiled to the public in a new location that will become an open-air museum for Jeddah’s residents and visitors.
‘Single Saudi Women’ Wasma Mansour’s Solo Exhibition (2 February)
Wasma Mansour’s ongoing study of single Saudi women living in London is an interrogation of the stereotypical representation of women from her native country. Her photographic works challenge perceptions by exploring the domestic spaces that Saudi women live in, their possessions and their relationship to the hijab. The images examine questions of identity, power and space. This is the first solo-show by the artist in her native country of Saudi Arabia.
‘Limited Edition 3’ Exhibition of 22 Saudi Artists (2 February)
This annual event, titled ‘Limited Edition’, will showcase the work of 21 local Saudi artists who have studied and specialised in the Kingdom. The goal of the ‘Limited Edition’ exhibition is to exhibit artwork that is in keeping with Saudi Arabian culture and the tenets of Islam. The artworks are carefully selected to embody Saudi Arabian society and to offer to an audience an understanding of the principles that its people live by. Being traditional in concept, the artworks on show have a number of eclectic characteristics, not least the use of new media and techniques.
For the full programme of Jeddah Art Week 2014, please visit their official website.