Arab Art for Sustainable futures

UNESCO partners with New York – Arab World Culture Forum and Year Long Education Initiative in New York.

Edge of Arabia and Asia Society partnered with UNESCO to host “New York – Arab World Culture forum: Art for Sustainable Futures” on Tuesday 16th October at the Asia Society in New York.

The panel of leading art practitioners and commentators discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) – a collection of seventeen objectives set forth by the UN and world leaders in 2015 endeavoured to be realised by 2030. According to 7th magazine editor-in-chief Kristle Haynes, they addressed “culture’s role in humanitarian, economic, and socially engaged projects” as well as “the intersections between the SDGs and the art and culture industries”.

 

ArtX Arab Street Artists: Athier, Clasp and Come Apart, 2018.ArtX Arab Street Artists: Athier, Clasp and Come Apart, 2018.
Project: Arab Street Artists

 

Spearheaded by the MISK Art Institute, it forms part of a wider year – long Arab Art and Education Initiative (AAEI) in New York with a Launch program taking place between 13-23 October 2018.

The institute was founded by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and now sits under the directorship of International Saudi Artist Ahmed Mater. Ahmed says “This initiative developed out of our strong desire to share the stories of young Arab artists with US audience and create a reciprocal exchange between New York institutions and the diverse cultural production coming from the Arab world”.

 

Live performance of A State of Play by Balqis Al Rashed, Photograph by Nidal MorraLive performance of A State of Play by Balqis Al Rashed. Photographer: Nidal Morra.
Project: Young Arab Artist Exhibition

 

The forum was moderated by Stephen Stapleton co-founder of Edge of Arabia and arts collective established in 2003. Since then, Stapleton has pioneered “an artist-led model for cultural exchange across contested borders”. The panel of artists included Razan Al Sarraf, Matthew Mazzotta and Rashad Salim with commentary from Boon Hui Tan the Vice President of Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum, and Marie Roudil, UNESCO Representative to the UN.

 

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Sara Moneer Khan is a writer on ART AFRICA‘s editorial team.