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JEDDAH: The Distance From Here, an exhibition showing different perceptions of space and time, is being held at Hayy Arts in Jeddah.

The exhibition, which runs until October 25, brings together the artworks of 20 artists from Korea, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, the US, the UK and Syria.

“It’s about time and space and as people, imagining our environment in recent years through the pandemic and everything that’s happened. It truly reflects this amazing shift taking place in Saudi Arabia at this great time for art in the Kingdom,” Art Jameel Director Antonia Carter told Arab News.

The event will be hosted by Hayy Arts, Hayy Jameel’s museum element.

Carter added: “We’re very keen to get really exhibitions that make everyone think. So we’re going to start with a concept and work with the artists who are very concept oriented.”

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Some of the most striking artworks are “The Classroom” by Hicham Benohoud and “Rubbing/Loving, STPI, Artist Studio 38, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore, 238236” by Do Ho Suh.

Each creative mind has chosen a different medium to metaphorically and physically express their message across space and time. The wide range of media includes textiles, videography, photography, painting, weaving and many others to embody their ideas.

To create the exhibition, the artists were given both the subject matter and complete freedom to express their ideas through the medium of their choice. “I think that’s why we have such a spread of incredible media here throughout the show,” Carter said.

The exhibition also features artworks by Saudi artist Filwa Nazer.

Nazer is a Saudi visual artist who used textiles to create a piece entitled Between the Neck and Shoulder, a colorful installation that hangs at the center of the exhibition. The fabric is unevenly cut and embroidered with patches. Each stitch is different and has a personal meaning for the artist.

She said: “Textile was a natural choice for me given my background in fashion design, but it’s also related to my subject matter of exploring the relationship between our bodies and the spaces we live in and spaces of transition.”

Saudi artist Filwa Nazer used textiles to create a piece titled Between the Neck and Shoulder, a colorful installation that hangs at the center of the exhibition. (included)

The artist revealed that a lot of research, writing and sketching was done before her creation came to life. “It’s installed in such a way that it can be viewed closely from all sides,” she explains.

Some of the most striking artworks are “The Classroom” by Hicham Benohoud and “Rubbing/Loving, STPI, Artist Studio 38, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore, 238236” by Do Ho Suh.

The Classroom is a series of images taken in a classroom in Marrakesh, where most of the students are studying behind the scenes, but some are posing in odd positions while dressed oddly.

Do Ho Suh had a much simpler approach to the artwork. He used the process of rubbing pastels to create texture on paper as he wanted to rely on both the touch and the visual element.

As The Distance From Here is a traveling exhibition that came to Jeddah from Dubai, the curatorial team worked to preserve not only the artworks but also the essence of the exhibition.

Rotana Shaker, deputy curator, told Arab News: “A traveling exhibition has a different process and that process takes a few months. When the exhibition opened in Dubai, we were already thinking about what comes next and how we will adapt it to the new context.”

Carter said it’s exciting to collect the work of the many different artists, adapt it to the space, and bring it all to life. The greatest satisfaction for the curators was seeing that the audience not only appreciated the artworks, but also reflected in what was displayed on the gallery walls.

Carter explained that just by looking at the name, you can tell Hayy Jameel is “committed to the community.”

“At Art Jameel, we really believe that art is for everyone and that no one should be excluded…so one of the biggest challenges and also one of the biggest achievements was really reaching out to the community as a whole.”

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