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Abdullah Al Saadi: Sites of Memory, Sites of Amnesia


This publication accompanies the exhibition in the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates at the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

Edited by Tarek Abou El Fetouh and Rasha Salti, co-published by Kaph Books.

It is richly illustrated and structured around a chronicle of Al Saadi’s journeys in his own words. In addition to documenting the artworks, the publication expands on the exhibition’s curatorial approach and invites writers to engage with Al Saadi’s work.

Contents:

Foreword: Curiosity Has its Own Reason for Existence
Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation

Foreword
His Excellency Sheikh Salem bin Khalid Al Qassimi, Minister of Culture, United Arab Emirates

Sites of Memory, Sites of Amnesia
Tarek Abou El Fetouh and Rasha Salti

Biographical Notes from the Artist's Diaries
Abdullah Al Saadi

The Artist as Memory Bearer
Abdullah Al Saadi in conversation with Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

I Have Always Known Abdullah Al Saadi
Dr Aisha Bilkhair

The Mender
Younes Mashish (pseudonym)

The Journeys

  • Notes on Journeys: From the Artist's Diaries
  • Al-Toubay Journey
  • The Slipper s Journey
  • The Purl and Silk Journey
  • A Journey in the Footsteps of Camar Cande
  • A Journey in the Footsteps of Camar Cande by Car
  • The Sufi's Journey by Bicycle
  • Diaries of the Gramophone Journey in Al-Houra
  • The Gramophone Journey in Al-Houra
  • Notes from the Diaries of the Gramophone Journey by Bicycle
  • The Gramophone Journey by Bicycle

Contributors' Biographies


ISBN: 978-614-8035-68-5
Hardcover, 20.5 x 28.5 cm

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National Pavilion UAE
60th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

20 April - 24 November 2024

Artist: Abdullah Al Saadi

Curator: Tarek Abou El Fetouh

Commissioner:
Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation
Supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth

Venue: Arsenale - Sale d'Armi

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