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Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB) 2017 will see over 60 participants from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. The art fair is being hosted this year at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre from March 23 to 26.
Under the patronage of Supreme Council for Women President, Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim al Khalifa, Bahrain's second contemporary art fair promises to be a fusion of local, regional and international talent, with acclaimed artists and galleries from all corners of the world.
Thirty-six Bahraini participants will showcase their work in a section dedicated exclusively to Bahraini artists funded by Tamkeen, the project owners. These artists are Abdulkarim al Orrayed, Ahmed Anan, Amani al Hajeri, Areej Rajab, Ayman Jaafar, Aysha al Moayyed, Aysha Hafuz, Dalal AbdulRahman al Sindi, Dana al Moaibed, Ebrahim Khalifa, Elias Madan, Ghada Khunji, Hamed al Bosta, Husain Isa Yusef Yaqoob, Karina al Zu'bi, Maryam al Hajri, Maryam al Sindi, Marwa bint Rashid al Khalifa, Mayasa al Sowaidi, Mohammed al Mahdi, Mohamed Taha, Mona el Rubi, Noora Hasan al Ghatam, Omar Alrashid, Othman Khunji, Rasha Yousif, Sahar Ahmadi, Saima Jalil, Salwa al Moayyed, Sana al Borshaid, Sayed Hassan al Sari, Seema Baqi, Somaya Abdulghani, Taiba Faraj, Waseela Marzooq Ahmed and Zakeya Zada.
The gallery pavilion includes Bait Muzna Art Gallery (Oman) the first gallery to open in Oman showcasing contemporary art, David Risley (Denmark) a contemporary art gallery representing new and emerging talent as well as established artists, Galerie Charradeau (France) a gallery that hosts works such as furniture, graphic works and sculptures from the 1930s, Maddox Gallery (UK) leading London gallery, Project 88 (India) a gallery that has a roster of some of the most exciting artists working in the Indian subcontinent, Samara Art Gallery (India) will come on board to showcase a variety of Indian artists including works by owner Sonal Ambani, Samer Kozah Art Gallery (Syria), Temnikova and Kasela Gallery (Estonia) one of the few commercial galleries in the country, Tsekh Gallery (Ukraine) the country's biggest art gallery which has expanded into, and XVA Gallery (Dubai) one of the Middle East's foremost contemporary art galleries.
A separate pavilion for general entry artists, both established local and reputed international names, have their own exhibition space to display their individual works. A video installation comprising 32, 6-metre wide screens suspended across the exhibition hall, features films by internationally renowned artists alongside excerpts from Bahraini documentaries. The international names include Alice Cattaneo (Italy), Beat Streuli (Switzerland), Cao Fei (China), Cornelia Parker (UK), Cristina Lucas (Spain), Dean Kelland (UK), Ebtisam Abdulaziz (Sharjah), Fiona Banner (UK), Flo Kasearu (Estonia), Gillian Wearing (UK), Graham Gussin (UK), Iv Toshain (Bulgaria), Jan Toomik (Estonia), John Stezaker (UK), Maha Maamoun (Egypt), Marcel Dzama (Canada), Marko Maetamm (Estonia), Michel Francois (Belgium), Ming Wong (Singapore), Neha Chosky (India/USA), Nilbar Gures (Turkey), Raqs (India), Shi Jong (China), and Shimabuku (Japan).
ArtBAB 2017 has been designed to embrace and highlight excellence in the local arts sector while uniting the local and global art communities and providing a stage for learning, engagement and exchange of ideas.
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