The Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale has announced the list of artists participating in its upcoming second edition as well as the curatorial framework and title, After Rain.
Led by Ute Meta Bauer as artistic director, alongside a curatorial team consisting of Wejdan Reda, Rahul Gudipudi, Rose Lejeune and and Anca Rujoiu, the biennial will run from 20 February to 24 May 2024.
Following the announcement, the Biennale to date features 92 artists from 43 countries, including 30 artists from the wider Gulf region.
The title After Rain alludes to the earthy smell produced when rain falls on soil and evokes the notions of revitalisation and renewal. Hailing from multiple generations, all the artists engage with the history of the local region, the relationship between humans and nature, the built environment and landscape, and proposals for how we can ‘listen more closely’. Some the works will involve collaborations with writers, poets, botanists, architects, scientists, planners and chefs.
The wider theme explores the role of a contemporary art biennial in a country undergoing rapid social change. The second edition of the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale features several new works that respond to this theme, as well as to a series of research trips taken by artists with the curatorial team across Saudi Arabia and neighbouring countries.
Taking place in seven halls and across courtyards and terraces in the JAX District, this edition will feature a diverse programme of performances, concerts, and poetry readings culminating from the year-long Biennale Encounters series, which began in April 2023.
See the full artist list below (as of 25 October, 2023). An asterisk indicates a new commission:
Nabila Al Bassam
Dhali Al Mamoon
Reem Al Nasser
Abdulla Buhijji & Noor Alwa
Britto Arts Trust*
María Magdalena Campos-Pons
The Migrant Ecologies Project (Lucy Davis and collaborators Zai Tang, Kee Ya Ting and Zachary Chan)
NJOKOBOK (Youssou Diop and Apolonija Šušteršič)*
Alexander Eriksson Furunes and Sudarshan Khadka
Armin Linke and Ahmed Mater*
Regina Maria Möller
Nguyễn Trinh Thi
Phi Phi Oanh
Lucy + Jorge Orta*
Tang Da Wu
Paulo Tavares / autonoma
Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor
Yeo Siew Hua