17 December 2009 - 31 January 2010

The first edition of the Alexandria Biennale was held in 1955 at the Alexandria Museum of Fine Arts. Its aim is to fortify the cultural and artistic dialog between Egypt and its neighboring Mediterranean countries extending it to the world as well.

This year the Alexandria Biennale celebrates its 25th anniversary, and it is the first time that the artists' selection is entirely decided by the curator and not through countries' nominations like in former editions.

Mohamed Abouelnaga has selected 31 artists from the Mediterranean region and proposed for the exhibition the theme The Aftermath, in the sense of "What’s next" facing the latest crises and economic collapses.

Participating Artists:

Albania:
Vénera Kastrati

Croatia:
Sanja Ivekovic, Neven Bilic

Cyprus:
Yioula Hadjigeorgiou

Egypt:
Abla-Rashed-Naem, Hazem Taha Hussein, Wael Shawki

France:
Julien Maire

Greece:
Gagas Sarantis, Pavlos Nikolakopoulos

Italy:
Alessandro Scarabello, Giuseppe Moscatello

Lebanon:
Doris Bittar, Walid Raad

Libya:
Hadia Gana

Malta:
Norbert Francis Attard

Morocco:
Amina Benbouchta, Safa Erruas, Lalla Essaydi

Palestine:
Tayseer Barakat, Khaled Hourani

Slovenia:
Nika Oblak & Primoz Novak

Spain:
Romulo Royo, Valeriano López

Syria:
Ammar Al-Beik, Thaier Helal, Khaled Takreti

Tunisia:
Nadia Kaabi Linke, Nicène Kossentini

Turkey:
Fikret Atay, İnci Eviner

The artists Suha Shoman (Palestine) and Michelangelo Pistoletto (Italy) are invited as special guests.

An international symposium will take place from 18 - 20 December 2009, moderated by Dr. Mohamed Rafiq Khalil.

Press Release at: http://universes-in-universe.org/eng/content/view/print/20734

Venues:

Alexandria Museum of Fine Arts, Alexandria Atelier, Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria Biennale, Ministry of Culture Fine Arts Sector, 1 Kafour St, Orman Post, Cairo, Egypt
Website: http://www.alexbiennale.gov.eg

alexandriabiennial [at] yahoo [dot] com

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Doris Bittar is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna and long time Lecturer. For more about her work, please visit:
http://www.dorisbittar.com/

Images are courtesy of Artist Doris Bittar.