One of many stories - Art Worlds in Yemen

15 Apr 2017 – 6 May 2017

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Tuesday to Saturday / 11 am – 7 pm

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Villa Vassilieff

Paris, France


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"One of Many Stories" wishes to restore the multiple stories of art worlds in contemporary Yemen. Objects gathered in this exhibition shed light on art and artists by mapping personal and collective trajectories, while opening a window for the exploration of Yemen’s social history and politics.


Yemen, situated at the South Western point of the Arabian Peninsula, is one of the poorest countries of the region and is historically marked by great political instability. Today, it is branded by the media coverage of violence, terrorism and civil war. Often, the question “is there Yemeni art?” is a summary of the various interrogations that emerge in organizing an exhibition about Yemen’s art worlds. The question itself reveals a lack of available tools to appreciate modern and contemporary Yemeni visual art, particularly when the observer is foreign, understands different aesthetic valorizations, and when there is a virtual absence of sources on this field. The documents gathered in this exhibition thus seek to rectify this, by presenting a rich, varied and eclectic source of documents.

With Hashem Ali, Abdallah al-Ameen, Boushra Almutawakel, Yasser al-Ansi, Elham al-Arashi, Archives of the newspaper 14 October (Aden), Nasser al-Aswadi, Ali Baraas, Contemporary Art Group, Mohamed Abdo Dail, Ali al-Dharhani, Amal Fadhel, Ali Abdo al-Faqiyya, Fine Arts Institute (Aden), the Free Atelier (Aden), French Center for Archeology and Social Sciences (Sana’a), Bayt al-Halaqa, Abbas al-Junaydi, Kawn Foundation (Sana’a), Ahmed al-Kharazi, Guillaume Merere, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Yemen, Fuad al-Muqbil, Talal al-Najjar, Amna al-Nassiri, Abdallah Obeid, Marine Poirier, Reema Qasem, Nasser al-Qawi, Farid Sameed, The Atelier (Sana’a), Soviet Cultural Center (Aden), Jameel Subay, Murad Subay, Surikov State Academy Art Institute (Moscow), Union of Visual Artists, Abdul Rahman Taha, Awraq al-Tashkiliyya, Jacques Veerman, Ali Mohamed Yahya, ...

Curator: Anahi Alviso-Marino

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