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Edge of Arabia Dubai: TERMINAL
Dubai International Finance Centre
14 March - 15 April 2011

Edge of Arabia, a pioneering exhibition that has shed new light on the largely unknown contemporary art and culture of Saudi Arabia, is traveling to Dubai this March 2011. The exhibition, under the global tour sponsorship of ALJ Community Initiatives and in partnership with Art Dubai, will coincide with the Sharjah Biennial. TERMINAL, to be curated by Bashar Al Shroogi, Director of Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, the Gulf's largest non profit art gallery, and one of Dubai’s most established contemporary art spaces, will present all new and commissioned artwork by leading Saudi contemporary artists.

In a highly conceptual and experiential exhibition, TERMINAL addresses the concepts of travel, bureaucracy, privacy and identity through the eyes of Saudi’s leading contemporary artists, creating a pop-up exhibition in an abandoned ground-floor space in the Dubai International Financial Centre. Guiding the viewer through a real-life airport experience, from check-in, through security, and on towards the departure gate, the exhibition will explore the experience of travel in an increasingly interdependent world.

For TERMINAL Mater will present two newly commissioned installations titled Boundary and Nation.

Bashar Al Shroogi comments “EOA Terminal pushes curatorial boundaries in dialoguing with audiences via an experiential installation. It also marks a maturity in the relationship between artists and curators working within very tightly defined parameters. It is fantastic to see the artists of Saudi Arabia pioneering this curatorial relationship for the first time in the Gulf.”

The artworks will range from installation, performance, photography, video and sculpture, providing a unique and unpredictable perspective on contemporary culture in Saudi Arabia, addressing both local and global issues in a dramatic flux.

For further information - Edge of Arabia

Edge of Arabia Dubai: Terminal, 2011