If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that the state of the climate emergency that our planet is currently in is utterly depressing. But a handful of artists are putting that debilitating anxiety to good use.
The focus of next year’s 21,39 Jeddah Arts festival will be the climate crisis. Taking place on 28 January, the festival titled ‘I Love You, Urgently’ will be curated by Maya El Khalil and will hope to raise awareness and develop solutions for the environmental issues specifically faced by the kingdom.
“The title is an unexpected address. As it departs from the scientific vernacular, it emphasises the highly personal dynamics we are living today,” El Khalil said.
Communicating through exhibitions, workshops and panel discussions at the gallery spaces of the Saudi Art Council, artists and designers will examine environmental issues and propose symbiotic ways of inhabiting the planet.
“We are excited to bring creative responses to environmental concerns to the table,” said Princess Jawaher bint Majed bin Abdul Aziz, chairwoman of the Saudi Art Council.
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