Spain - China - USA

2 October 2008 - 1 May 2010

Within the Region: a touring program of contemporary videos from the Arab Region

Identity, individuality, politics and regional issues have all come to the foreground of the art scene in the Arab region, which has lent the region its distinctiveness.

Within the Region is a program that approaches such concepts while striving to represent or depict different fragments of the reality of its existence that often lie in contrast to the ways in which it is perceived outside of the region.
As a contemporary medium, the featured videos manifest how contemporary artists from Arab countries examine these matters with subtlety, wariness and sensibility, while striving to give rise to various questions about the diversity involved in practicing video arts.

Within the Region is a selection of high-concept/ low-budget videos produced by emerging video artists from Arab countries. One of main aspects of the program is that it offers up-and-coming Arab artists a chance to exhibit their work in the internationally as well as the local arena.

As a touring program this selection was shown in various art spaces around the world between 2008-2010, where a publication documenting all the activities that will have surrounded the event at each tour stop will be created and distributed around all venues that hosted the screenings.

The Tour:

–  3rd Biennale of Contemporary Arts in Seville, Spain (Biacs 3) on 2 October 2008

– Bejing Art Fair at the China International Gallery Exposition CIGE on the 12th and 13th of April 2009.

– Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, China, on the 4th and the 11th of February 2010.

– Elastic Arts Foundation (EAF) in Chicago ,USA,  in collaboration with Onlookfilms on May 1st , 2010