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Saudi artists go on US road trip

Edge of Arabia is coming to America to promote cultural exchange over the next two years

In Houston, the FotoFest Biennial's focus this year is on Middle Eastern photographers. Above, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, (In) Beautification, 1333, 2011. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and The Third Line

Edge of Arabia, a non-profit organisation devoted to promoting Middle Eastern contemporary art, is taking its show on the road. One year after opening a permanent exhibition space in London, the organisation is planning a cross-country tour of the US. Over the next two years, representatives from Edge of Arabia will travel to Houston, New York, Boston and Washington, DC, before travelling to the West Coast.

Much of the programme will focus on facilitating cultural exchange between young artists from the Middle East and the American art world. Six young artists from Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait are scheduled to travel to Houston next month to participate in the 2014 FotoFest Biennial portfolio review, which offers artists an opportunity to show their work to US curators and professors. They will also participate in a conference on Arab art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on 28 March. In July, another group of artists from the Middle East selected by Edge of Arabia will take up a four- to six-month residency in New York.

Edge of Arabia’s US tour is financed in part by Art Jameel, the cultural arm of the Abdul Latif Jameel Group, an automobile dealership and manufacturing company based in Saudi Arabia.

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