A Berlin Art Link Production
Interview by Monica Salazar and Anna Russ
Editing/Post by Charmaine Robbins
Camera/Sound by Peter Cairns
Music by DJ4Kat

In 2003, Steven Stappleton, a British artist, joined forces with Saudi Arabian artists Ahmed Mater and Abdulnasser Gharem to create Edge of Arabia, a a multi-faceted platform for presenting contemporary Arab art to Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia. Having begun in the Al-Miftaha Arts Village in Abha, Saudia Arabia, this grassroots initiative quickly spread to become a powerful voice in the international art world.

Edge of Arabia’s inaugural exhibition was hosted in 2008 at the SOAS Brunei Gallery in London. In 2010, the group began a world tour, starting in Berlin at the Vinyl Factory Gallery during the 6th Berlin Biennale. This marked Germany’s first exhibition of contemporary Saudi Arabian art. They showed an increasing international presence with further exhibitions in Istanbul, as part of the European Capital of Culture, and and at the U.A.E.’s 2011 Art Dubai and Sharjah Biennale.

"The Future of a Promise" - Featured Artists:

Abdelkader Benchamma, Abdulnasser Gharem, Ahmed Mater, Ahmed Alsoudani, Ayman Baalbaki, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Driss Ouadahi, Emily Jacir, Fayçal Baghriche, Jananne Al-Ani, Kader Attia, Lara Baladi, Manal Al-Dowayan, Mona Hatoum, Mounir Fatmi, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Raafat Ishak, Taysir Batniji, Yazan Khalili, Yto Barrada, Ziad Abillama, Ziad Antar

Read the full article on BerlinArtLink.com:
berlinartlink.com/2011/11/04/future-of-a-promise/

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