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.
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 www.aljci.org.
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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