Launched in 2013, this concept created by Lina Lazaar, the Foundation’s Vice-President and a specialist in contemporary Arab art, gathers artists, art collectors, gallery owners, academics, art specialists, among others, around exhibitions, conferences and seminars on culture and contemporary art. On the occasion of Jaou, many art galleries joined the event and organized original exhibitions of contemporary art. In its third edition in 2015, Jaou was marked by an original exhibition: All the World’s Mosque, organized by KLF in Carthage.
Jaou endeavors to further the cause of life expression in the MENA region, through art. A moving platform, designed as a cultural caravan, Jaou Tunis unites a cross section of the community’s most passionate stakeholders, over a four day celebration.
Now in its fifth year, Jaou is bringing together artists, independent curators, and cultural thinkers, to explore the complex definition of heritage in Tunisia’s post-revolution existence. Through a deliberate process of reductionism, Jaou will explore the idea of ‘approved heritage,’ through the prism of the four elements; Earth, Fire, Wind and Water. This simplification will form the lens through which Jaou will investigate the complex landscape of Tunisia’s fragile present day condition, and in particular, its cultural narrative. Notwithstanding the politicization of Tunisia’s heritage – entirely inconsistent with how Tunisian’s actually view themselves – Jaou poses a simple question; to whom does heritage belong?
This edition of Jaou will engage a carefully selected group of forgotten public spaces, through an artistic pilgrimage of decay. Attendees will be welcomed to a series of discussions, gallery viewings, as well as the opening of four, unique, contemporary art exhibitions; Water, Earth, Fire and Air. The exhibitions will be lead by four fresh Tunisian curators, each inspiring participants to partake in a cultural assessment of their own.
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