This Bahraini Art Fair Will Use Virtual Reality To Showcase Artwork From Around The World

BY Ayesha Sohail Shehmir Shaikh / Feb 28 2019 / 14:38 PM

A platform for Bahrain's contemporary art community and emerging artists, Art Bahrain Across Borders 2019 will launch its fourth edition in March with a revolutionary mix of technology and timeless crafts

This Bahraini Art Fair Will Use Virtual Reality To Showcase Artwork From Around The World
Reem Janahi. Proud. 2018. Mixed media on wood. 120x150 cm

Art Bahrain Across Borders, or ArtBAB, returns for its fourth edition in March this year. An inspiring and diverse blend of art, culture and technology, the fair will be home to a plethora of paintings, sculptures and installations, reflecting the rapid rise of emerging artists in Bahrain. The highlight of the fair is the Middle East’s first Virtual Reality Exhibition, an innovative concept that will host a multi-dimensional experience for visitors. Through a virtual tour of private museums admired around the world, the exhibition will provide a window into the world-renowned Kremer Collection from Amsterdam and the DSL Collection from Paris. With Vive Pro headsets, visitors can select from three different options that will enable them to ‘touch’ the artwork.

Sarah Aradi. Weaved 2. 2018. Soft pastels, thread, marker on paper. 90x60cm

With the overarching theme of "legacies", the art fair will showcase a range of contemporary and traditional artwork, exploring the heritage of Bahraini crafts over a period of five decades and its transition into the contemporary world. “We have thirty artists exhibiting in our Baab Pavilion, fifteen in our general entry section,” says Kaneka Subberwal, the Fairs and Programme Director of ArtBAB 2019. "A feature to highlight will be an installation by Hala Kaiksov and the Bahraini Danish group whose works have been acquired as a part of the Victoria Albert museums collection this year - this for us is a matter of pride and we hope the youth keep embracing challenges and stamp their achievements across the globe." Respected industry insiders from around the world including Anna Jobson, the Director of Change Management at London’s University of the Arts and Nanne Dekking, Founder and CEO of Artory, will host a series of discussions in the fair's speakers programme, providing global perspectives on Bahraini art and the impact of technology on art.

Motherhood. Maryam Nass. 2018. Oil on canvas. 140x160cm

Artisans Across Borders, an initiative led by fashion designer JJ Valaya, will explore the rich heritage of Bahraini crafts and their position in contemporary thought, through a range of modern installations. A bridge between Bahraini art and global art, ArtBAB 2019 will unite culture, art foundations and museums through a host of diverse installations and enlightening discussions.

ArtBAB launches 6 - 10 March at the Bahrain Exhibitions & Convention Centre in Manama, Bahrain.

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