Extract “Last May, 15 young Saudi artists rented a former shelter for widows in Jeddah’s historic Al-Balad area. It had a charm about it: rustic and unfinished, many likened it to a Venetian palazzo. Led by Ramy Alquthamy, Nasser Al Salem and a few others, they called their initiative “Al Hangar,” meaning warehouse in Arabic, a moniker meant to insinuate speed vis-à-vis temporality.
They rented the space for 10 days at a fee of $3000, money they’d secured from a Saudi art patron. Some had priced their artworks, others hadn’t, and each occupied a six-square-meter room. The point was to “ignite a sense of community,” says Al Salem. “Recently, it’s been ‘to each his own,’ a form of selfishness even, with very individual practices.”
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