The Annual Month-Long Celebration of Art in the Public Space Brings Together Over Twenty International and Bahraini Artists Al Riwaq Art Space Announces 2013 Edition of Alwan 338
Feb 17, 2013 Art Event
Stimulating the local art scene and investing the city’s public spaces with new artistic propositions, this year’s edition is dedicated to the theme of Common Ground, curated by Sandra Maunac and Monica Santos of Masasam Curatorial Projects. A communitydriven cultural and artistic collaboration, Alwan 338 entices public participation and engagement with the unique architecture of Adliya and beyond through public art projects, installations, educational workshops, open-air music concerts and film screenings.
This year’s edition will pay a special tribute to the medium of photography in the selection of the artwork and projects presented throughout the Block 338 and its many restaurants, as well as a special exhibition at Al Riwaq Art Space.
“The importance given to these shared spaces, a land used by all, emphasizes what we have in common with each other,” says Bayan Kanoo, Al Riwaq Art Space Director. “This coming together through art during Alwan 338 encourages us to transform that shared space we occupy into an open exchange, a collective dialogue that allows a creative renewal of everyday life and the possibility of new approaches, new understandings, and new identities.”
Alwan 338 curators Monica Santos and Sandra Maunac state: “Common Ground opens the debate on what is already shared, should be shared, and can be potentially shared. We wish to question and develop the many different issues that stem from the “common”: the very world we all live in, the impact that we have on it and our mutual responsibilities towards it; our increasingly interconnected global culture and the internet as a new virtual common land, among other issues.”
Alwan338 / Courtesy of Al Riwaq Art Space
A tentative list of participating Bahraini artists include: Haya Al Khalifa, Wasan Madan, Noor Al-Bastaki, Jenine Sharabi, Waheedah Mallulah, Mohamed Sharkawy, Maysam Al Nasser, Tamader Ali Isa, Hassan Hujairi, and Jaffar Aloraibi. In addition, ten international artists will collaborate with local artists and communities to create specially commissioned site-specific new pieces, as well as give workshops and public talks about their artistic practices. These include:
Alwan 338 is made possible with the generous support of Bahrain’s Economic Development Board, The American Embassy in Manama, and the British Council.
Al Riwaq Art Space is a leading non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting contemporary art and design practices in Bahrain. Founded in 1998 by Bayan al-Barak Kanoo, Al Riwaq Art Space is nestled at the heart of Manama’s cultural center, Block 338. Through a robust annual roster of art exhibitions, residency and educational programs, Al Riwaq Art Space plays a key role in training and nurturing local artistic talent, connecting Bahraini and international artists, and providing opportunities for collaboration and exchange. With its strong emphasis on public art and community engagement, Al Riwaq Art Space serves as a major local hub for the Bahraini public by promoting creativity and artistic expression with a special focus on the youth demographic.