THE FUTURE OF A PROMISE: 54TH VENICE BIENNALE

Installation view

Exhibition entrance

The Stamp (Amen) - Abdulnasser Gharem

Exhibition entrance

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

03 Jun 2011 - 30 Nov 2011
Magazzini del Sale
Dorsoduro
Venice

The Future of a Promise was the largest Pan-Arab show of contemporary art at the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. From Tunisia all the way to Saudi Arabia, this landmark exhibition brought together more than twenty-five recent works and commissions by some of the foremost artists from the Arab world.

Presenting important works that range from installation, performance and photography, to video, sculpture and painting, The Future of a Promise included the following artists: Ziad Abillama (Lebanon), Manal Al-Dowayan (Saudi Arabia), Ahmed Alsoudani (Iraq), Ziad Antar (Lebanon), Ayman Baalbaki (Lebanon), Lara Baladi (Egypt/Lebanon), Fayçal Baghriche (Algeria), Yto Barrada (Morocco), Taysir Batniji (Palestine), Abdelkader Benchamma (France/Algeria), Ayman Yossri Daydban (Palestine/Jordan), Mounir Fatmi (Morocco), Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia), Mona Hatoum (Lebanon), Raafat Ishak (Egypt), Emily Jacir (Palestine), Yazan Khalili (Palestine), Ahmed Mater (Saudi Arabia), and Driss Ouadahi (Algeria), as well as three Abraaj Capital Art Prize Winners, Jananne Al-Ani (Iraq), Kader Attia (Algeria), and Nadia Kaabi-Linke (Tunisia).

www.thefutureofapromise.com
All imagery: courtesy Alex Maguire

PARTNERS

ABDUL LATIF JAMEEL COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
ABRAAJ CAPITAL
Ibraaz
Bucintoro & Art&Sale
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IKONOTV
BIDOUN
Nafas art Magazine
Agial Art Gallery
Athr Gallery
CUADRO FINE ART GALLERY
Galerie El Marsa

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Curator's Statement

“Through the artworks selected, I wanted to investigate how artists from this diverse, fragmented region have responded to the often contradictory promises that have defined our history,I am incredibly proud and honoured to be putting together this exhibition in 2011, at such critical times for the Arab world, and I very much hope to create the rightful platform for these voices to be heard."

LINA LAZAAR

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