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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.
Sanja Ivekovic, Neven Bilic
Abla-Rashed-Naem, Hazem Taha Hussein, Wael Shawki
Gagas Sarantis, Pavlos Nikolakopoulos
Alessandro Scarabello, Giuseppe Moscatello
Doris Bittar, Walid Raad
Norbert Francis Attard
Amina Benbouchta, Safa Erruas, Lalla Essaydi
Tayseer Barakat, Khaled Hourani
Nika Oblak & Primoz Novak
Romulo Royo, Valeriano López
Ammar Al-Beik, Thaier Helal, Khaled Takreti
Nadia Kaabi Linke, Nicène Kossentini
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.
25th Alexandria Biennale for Mediterranean Countries
17 December 2009 -
31 January 2010
Alexandria Art Museum
Ministry of Culture
Fine Arts Sector
1 Kafour Street