The Big Picture announced the final list of participating artists who will exhibit their work for the third edition of the annual independent art exhibition. The show is scheduled to take place for the first time in two venues, Pro Art Gallery and Street Art Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with more than 70 artists, from 2 May to 31 May 2015.
”We are very pleased with the number of quality works we have received. We had to navigate together with the curator and the galleries across 600 artworks, which was a very difficult process”, said Ram Nath cultural practitioner & head curator at TBP. “The Big Picture initially planned to select 45 artists, but we had to increase the number to 72 including both galleries and our new digital initiative On: A Multi-dimensional digit. If it was not for our limited resources and architectural constrains of the venues, we would have doubled that number.”
The Big Picture art platform consists of an independent annual art exhibition as well as an expanded program of talks and alternative education methods; self-funded and organized by TBP cultural practitioners. Its aim is to support artists and cultural practitioners in the United Arab Emirates and grant them spaces for growth, as well as expand their opportunities in being active members of the art scene via different programs and events. .” Stephane Valici, head curator and founder of Street Art Gallery commented on the selection process: “Such a democratic way of selecting artists, each application was discussed and voted for to be included.”
The Exhibition is going to be curated by Xenia Gazi, an emerging curator who got selected earlier from the curator open call announced in December last year, who also noted: “Dubai never ceases to amaze me, and I am pleased to work side by side with each artist to build this experience for the audience. The Big Picture demolishes boundaries and does not limit the artists with the commercial factors and allows them to concentrate on art for art’s sake, while emphasizing the importance of creating committed art.”
The Big Picture will be exploring multifaceted artistic creations such as painting, photography, sculpture, digital art, performance art, installation, music, sound art and video art and will open its doors to public on Saturday 2 May 2015 at both galleries, at 7pm.