21, 39 7th Edition Exhibitions

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21, 39 - 7TH EDITION - Curated by Maya ElKhalil

I LOVE YOU, URGENTLY

With its name derived from the precise coordinates of Jeddah’s longitude and latitude, 21,39 Jeddah Arts has always been rooted in the specificity of its locale. Like the interconnected span of those measurements, its geographical and cultural position is a relative condition. This identity is emphasized by the city’s existence as a port – transient, open to exchange, embroiled in globalisation and trade, anchored in its own history but shaped by interconnectedness. The 7th edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts explores these circumstances of specificity and adaptability in the context of the global climate emergency.

I Love You, Urgently contends with the global climate emergency through a series of individual artistic explorations. Driven by emotion and curiosity, the 22 artists whose works are featured have embarked on personal journeys into the collective experience defining our epoch, seeking places of empathy and understanding.

The unexpected address departs from the often overly-scientific, divisive, or bureaucratic language of global summits, the media, and environmental policy. Instead, it emphasizes the highly personal nature of the crisis, focusing on the individual artists’ contexts – geographic, cultural, and social.

With this direct and affectionate sentiment, the exhibition demands approaches that are attentive to the world beyond the human. Love urges respect for both living and non-living nature. It also directs our attention, with reverence, to the ingenuity found in 3.8 billion years of evolution. This humbling, living archive becomes a source that inspires tangible solutions rooted in care and hope.

21, 39 JEDDAH ARTS

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I Love You, Urgently contends with the global climate emergency through a series of individual artistic explorations. Driven by emotion and curiosity, the 22 artists whose works are featured have embarked on personal journeys into the collective experience defining our epoch, seeking places of empathy and understanding.

The unexpected address departs from the often overly-scientific, divisive, or bureaucratic language of global summits, the media, and environmental policy. Instead, it emphasizes the highly personal nature of the crisis, focusing on the individual artists’ contexts – geographic, cultural, and social.

21, 39 Jeddah Arts

Editions

21,39 is a non-profit initiative organized by the Saudi Art Council, a group of local art
enthusiasts who wish to contribute to the local community through the promotion of art and
culture. Illustrating the geographic coordinates of the city ( 21.5433°N, 39.1728°E ), 21,39 seeks
to maintain and develop the phenomena that has, for decades, seen Jeddah at the forefront of
Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art scene. The program includes curated exhibitions, gallery
openings, workshops and a series of talks and discussions that aim to build bridges with the
outside world through the universal language of art.

2020
2020
curated by Maya El Khalil

21, 39 - 7th Edition: I Love You, Urgently

January 28–April 18, 2020
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Entitled I Love You, Urgently, the seventh edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts is a call to action in response to the environmental emergency from the specificity of a local context. At a time when Saudi Arabia is undergoing a rapid transformation, it asks local and international artists, architects, designers and thinkers to seek out tangible solutions, and to formulate alternative and symbiotic ways to inhabit our planet.
2019
2019
curated by Dr. Effat Fadaq

21, 39 - 6th Edition: Al Obour

Al Obour, defined as the act of crossing, traversing or transcending, is the permeation of time, matter, and existence. In an act of Obour, exploring the physical and metaphysical realms through multiple forms of dialogue in both tangible and intangible mediums. The exhibition presents the concept of Al Obour as one related to artists' individual journey to present their personal semiotics through contemporary art forms.
2018
2018
curated by Vassilis Oikonomopoulos

5th Edition: Refusing to Be Still

The generation of ideas, concepts and artistic forms is an endless negotiation and a continuous dialogue. Like an evolving reality, artistic practices are constantly transforming, refusing to stand still and become permanent. In a fast-forming landscape of events, which characterises the contemporary moment in Saudi, the 2018 edition of `{`21,39`}` @saudiartcouncil investigates the multifaceted practices that emerge in this continuously active domain.
2017
2017
curated by Sam Bardaouil & Till Fellrath

4th Edition: Safar

The Arabic word for travel safar has its roots in the word saafer, a term that is used to describe things that are revealed, or unveiled. Instead of simply designating a process of movement from one site to another, the Arabic word safar implies a process of discovery and exploration by which things are revealed to the traveler leading to added knowledge of self, of the other, of the places that were left behind and the places that were arrived at.
2016
2016
curated by Mona Khazindar & Hamza Serafi

3rd Edition: Earth & Ever After

The Earth is the collective memory that is bound to our subconscious. She is a reflection of ourselves, manifesting herself as a constant flow of images that teem with scent, taste and colour.
This exhibition invites you to reflect on humanity’s relationship with the Earth, to explore whether it is reconciled with their own personal bond and how an artist’s environment is inextricably bound to his sense of identity and roots.
2015
2015
curated by Bashar Al Shroogi

2nd Edition: Fast Forward

Fast Forward, the 2015 exhibition for 21,39, attempts to compile a historical record of the development of the visual arts ecosystem in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The exhibition, arranged as a timeline, presents initial, non-exhaustive research findings into the development of artists, art professionals, collections, foundations, public art, and other factors that contributed to building the art movement and extending its reach.
2014
2014
Conceived by Hamza Serafi / Curated by Aya Alireza & Raneem Farsi

1st Edition: Moallaqat

This exhibition demonstrates that whilst the world has changed dramatically since the time of the Moallaqat, there is nevertheless a way of life, modes of thought, and cultural foundations that have survived and that have been passed down from generation to generation along with the legend. You will, therefore, find that there is much that still resonates with our artists, and that there are certain constancies in life that survive the constant change, such as love, war, and family values.
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