Armory Show special project, Circle of Confusion, by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

Fady Jameel speaks at the opening of the The Armory Show 2015

Mona Hatoum’s Turbulance project at Alexander and Bonin’s booth

FOCUS: MENAM presentation at The Armory Show

The Armory Show Director, Noah Horowitz, with FOCUS: MENAM Curator, Omar Kholeif

Special project, Untitled Garden, by Abbas Akhavan

Wafaa Bilal’s Canto III at Lawrie Shabibi booth

Armory Show special project, Cowboy Code (Hadith), by Ahmed Mater and Ayman Yossri’s Subtitles

Rashad Al Shashai discusses his Shortcut artwork at EOA.Projects Booth

05 Mar 2015 - 08 Mar 2015
Piers 92 & 94
55th Street
New York

Curated by Omar Kholeif and realised in partnership with Art Jameel (Education Partner) and Edge of Arabia (Cultural Partner), Focus: MENAM examined contemporary cultural and artistic practices from across the MENAM region, reflecting the region’s diversity and dynamism through a series of curated presentations, site specific projects and a dedicated symposium.

PARTICIPATING GALLERIES & ARTISTS: Agial Art, Beirut: Saloua Raouda Choucair, Saba Innab, TANBAK; Alexander and Bonin, New York: Mona Hatoum; Athr Gallery, Jeddah: Mahdi Aljeraibi, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Ahmed Mater; CRG Gallery, New York: Jumana Manna; EOA.Projects, London: Rashed Al Shashai, Yazan Khalili, Mounir Fatmi, Oraib Toukan, Foundland; Galerist, Istanbul: Nil Yalter; Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York: Fayçal Baghriche, Lamia Joreige; Gypsum Gallery, Cairo: Doa Aly, Mona Marzouk, Setareh Shahbazi; Kalfayan Galleries, Athens: Adrian Paci, Hrair Sarkissian, Panos Tsagaris, Raed Yassin; Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai: Wafaa Bilal; Claude Lemand Gallery, Paris: Shafic Abboud, Dia Al-Azzawi; Lombard Freid Gallery, New York & Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut: Huguette Caland; Meem Gallery, Dubai: Marwan; Galeri NON, Istanbul: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Meriç Algün Ringborg; Pi Artworks, Istanbul, London: Susan Hefuna.
ARMORY FOCUS SYMPOSIUM: Curated by Fawz Kabra, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. OPENING REMARKS: Noah Horowitz, Executive Director, The Armory Show, Renata Papsch, General Manager, Art Jameel; REMAPPING HISTORIES, EXPANDING TERRITORIES: Omar Kholeif, Shiva Balaghi; Iftikhar Dadi; Reem Fadda; MAKING DISCOURSE: Anne Barlow, Aleya Hamza; Lamia Joreige; Stephen Stapleton; “MENAM" IN A GLOBALIZED CULTURAL ECONOMY: Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Tariq Al Jaidah, Roupen Kalfayan; Samar Martha; Princess Alia Al-Senussi; FILM SCREENING: INFERNO, 2013: By Yael Bartana; INTRODUCTION AND RECAP OF DAY I: THE WAY THINGS CAN GO: Fawz Kabra, Brian Kuan Wood, Tarek El Ariss; Regine Basha; Nada Shabout; ARTIST AS INSTITUTION: Fawz Kabra, GCC; Marwa Arsanios; Shuruq Harb; Khalil Rabah; REGIONAL ATTACHÉS: Nora Razian, Sara Raza; Basak Senova; Chen Tamir; THE ARMORY SHOW COMMISSIONED ARTIST: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Omar Kholeif
ARMORY FOCUS: MENAM SPECIAL PROJECTS: As part of the FOCUS: MENAM, seven on-site projects were commissioned by Omar Kholeif and Edge of Arabia to create a variety of distinctive environments within Pier 94 including: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, A Convention of Tiny Movements, 2015; Abbas Akhavan, Untitled Garden, 2008/2015; CULTURUNNERS & FREEWAY, 2015; Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Circle of Confusion, 1998; Ahmed Mater, Cowboy Code (Hadith), 2012; Incarnation, 2004/2015; Oraib Toukan, The New(er) Middle East, 2007.

About Art Jameel
Art Jameel – Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) arts and culture initiative – aims to foster and promote a thriving arts scene within the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region and to support the development of creative enterprises. In partnership with art organizations worldwide, Art Jameel develops cultural exchange programs to encourage networking and knowledge sharing. Art Jameel is the founding partner of Edge of Arabia, The Crossway Foundation, Arabian Wings, Jeddah Art Week and The Archive. In partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London it provides the biannual Jameel Prize for contemporary art inspired by Islamic traditions. Additional projects include: Jeddah Sculptures Museum, a public park established in collaboration with Jeddah Municipality; the Art Jameel Photography Award; the Art Jameel Art Olympics in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia; and the Art Jameel Program for Traditional Arts and Crafts in collaboration with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

ALJCI was established in 2003 to promote positive social change through the establishment of longterm partnerships with international institutions, and the creation of initiatives in the fields of Job Creation – Bab Rizq Jameel; Global Poverty Alleviation; Arts and Culture – Art Jameel; Education and Training – Education Jameel; and Health and Social – Social Jameel. More information on ALJCI’s considerable set of initiatives can be found online at

About The Armory Show
The Armory Show is New York’s leading fair for modern and contemporary art. A seminal event in the New York arts calendar, the fair spearheads Armory Arts Week, a city-wide program of cultural events and exhibitions. Once again, the fair will comprise of an acclaimed VIP program, a lively opening night benefit party at the Museum of Modern Art and the engaging Open Forum discussion series. For the fourth year running the fair will be designed by Brooklyn-based architects Bade Stageberg Cox who will transform Piers 92 and 94 along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side into a spectacular setting for over 65,000 visitors who come to New York for this principal event in the international art market calendar.

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