Artist Talk; Abdullah Al Saadi and Tarek Abou El Fetouh
Join a conversation between National Pavilion UAE – La Biennale di Venezia’s appointed artist for 2024 Abdullah Al Saadi and curator Tarek Abou El Fetouh around the artist’s practice.
Abdullah Al Saadi will represent the UAE in an exhibition curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh at the 60th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia opening in April 2024. Considered a key figure in the development of contemporary art in the UAE, Al Saadi’s prolific practice ranges from painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, and photography, to collecting and cataloguing found objects, and the creation of new alphabets. His work is informed by the UAE’s landscapeand his own family history, often exploring relationships between individuals and their natural and social environment. Al Saadi has chosen to work with Tarek Abou El Fetouh as curator for the National Pavilion UAE’s 2024 participation in the Biennale. Over the last 25 years, Abou El Fetouh has been dedicated to creating institutional platforms that provide opportunities for contemporary artists in the region through commissions, co-productions, touring projects, residencies, and events. His curatorial practice is influenced by classic Arab intellectual and scientific literature.
* This talk is open to the general public with Abu Dhabi Art passes.
* This talk will be in Arabic with English translations.