The 5th Edition
REFUSING TO BE STILL
Curated by Vassilis Oikonomopoulos
Unfolding in three venues in Jeddah, the 5th edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts took place as a main exhibition the Saudi Art Council’s own headquarters located at Gold Moor Mall. The exhibition also expanded to the historical place of Rubat Al Khunji in Al Balad, as well as the currently disused industrial factory of PepsiCo–-a space never before opened to the public.
Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, invited by the Saudi Art Council from the Tate Modern Museum London curated this exhibition, bringing together 30 artists whose lives and careers span multiple contexts and cities. In a contemporary reality defined by movement, Saudi and international artists participating in this exhibition were examples of ongoing artistic dialogue.
“Refusing to be Still” is defined by the curator as: “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 characterizes the contemporary moment in Saudi, the fifth edition of 21,39 investigates the multifaceted practices that emerge in this continuously active landscape.”