Jeddah-based Athr gallery has always worked to take contemporary Saudi art to the next level. Now, the gallery is taking on new heights. The gallery will be taking part in Art Basel’s next edition—which is finally returning after a two-year hiatus.
Scheduled to run from June 16 to June 19, 289 galleries will be flying out to the Switzerland for the occasion. A real gathering of some of the world’s most acclaimed and recognised institutions of art, this year will mark the debut entry of 19 first-time exhibitors which includes the Jahmek Contemporary Art center hailing from Luanda, the Guatemalese Proyectos Ultraviole as well as the Saudi Athr, amongst others.
“We are looking forward to staging Art Basel’s first June show since 2019, especially with such a strong line-up of galleries, including the return of many who were forced by the pandemic to take a hiatus last year. This year’s quality and breadth of material will be on par with previous editions of our show—yet more diverse than ever before in terms of the galleries participating.” said Marc Spiegler, Art Basel’s global director.
Ahaad Alamoudi will be Athr’s representative in this year’s edition with a solo project titled “Keep It Up, The Night Is Young!” It is the first time that the Saudi native will be exhibiting in Europe. Having been raised between KSA and the United Kingdom, Ahaad’s work is usually praised for addressing history, representation as well as the in-depth study of the society and country she calls home.