Here's what to expect at the seventh edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts

Artworks, instalments, dialogues and much more…

The seventh edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts opened on January 28 at the Red Sea city and is titled I Love You, Urgently.

The exhibition is curated by Maya El Khalil and will focus on the global crisis of our planet through the works by 21 local and international artists. It will run for three months until April 18.


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The exhibition comes at a time when the Kingdom is undergoing a rapid transformation and highlights the need to come up with alternative methods and symbiotic ways to inhabit our planet.

There will be a series of dialogues, exhibitions, commissions, talks and debates which will take place in the galleries of the Saudi Art Council and in Al-Balad, the historic city centre of Jeddah.

You will find works of art by Manal Al Dowayan, Daniah Al Saleh, Ayman Zedani among others.


Don’t miss the captivating large-scale 11-minute video called “I Lived Once” (2020) by Riyadh-based artist, Marwah Al-Mugait.

According to an announcement by the Saudi Council, ‘participants are invited to address three specific themes: ideas of biomimicry, the imitation of the models, systems and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems; of adaptability; and of specificity, how to think of alternative and symbiotic ways to inhabit our planet from a local context.’

Maya El Khalil commented saying, ‘Artists, architects and designers—in short, creators—are in a unique position to explore ideas and take an active role in dismantling Anthropocene attitudes, replacing these with solutions to the environmental crisis we face and inspiring debate and dialogue. I have long been delighted and fascinated with the concepts and positive attitude of biomimicry, as well as with the notion that, by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, we already have the solutions to a sustainable future.”

She hopes the 21,39 Jeddah Arts 2020 is a catalyst for new ways of thinking about how we live.

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