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Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale 2024 Curatorial Team Revealed

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Top (left to right): Amina Diab, Ana Salazar, Dian Arumningtyas, Ute Meta Bauer, Wejdan Reda, Anca Rujoiu. Bottom (left to right): Alanood A Alsudairi, Rose Lejeune, Rahul Gudipudi. Image courtesy of Diriyah Biennale Foundation

The Diriyah Biennale Foundation (DBF) has announced the curatorial team of the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale’s (DCAB) second edition, set to take place from 20 February to 24 May 2024.

Led by the biennale’s artistic director Ute Meta Bauer, who was announced earlier this year, the team consists of Wejdan Reda, DBF curator and co-curator, 2024 DCAB; Rahul Gudipudi, adjunct curator, 2024 DCAB; Rose Lejeune, co-curator, 2024 DCAB; and Anca Rujoiu, co-curator, 2024 DCAB.

In preparation for the 2024 DCAB, Bauer and the curatorial team members travelled across various regions in Saudi Arabia to research the country’s cultural scene and connect with Saudi artists of different generations. They visited Dammam, Khobar, Al-hasaa, Riyadh, Jeddah, Khamis Mushait, Abha and Rijaal Almaa.

Ute Meta Bauer, artistic director of the 2024 DCAB, said: “The team of the Diriyah Biennale Foundation and the team of this edition of the Contemporary Art Biennale bring together a breadth of expertise in terms of geographies and skills, which provides an invaluable context for our process-oriented approach.”

Aya Al Bakree, CEO of the Diriyah Biennale Foundation, said: “It is with great pleasure that we announce the core team for the next edition of the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale. The expertise that this strong team brings to the Diriyah Biennale Foundation not only expands our body of knowledge, but also adds to the diversity of art forms that we showcase and the audiences that we reach.”

Taking place over three months, the 2024 DCAB will feature newly commissioned art and architectural projects in addition to existing artworks and research projects, as well as a live program of performances, concerts, and poetry readings.