Founded in 2013 in Algeria and exhibited at Bardo National Museum of Algiers, UPF Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and at MAMA National Modern Art Museum of Algeria.

 

Al-Tiba9 contemporary art dedicated to the visual arts with a special focus in the Arab world. Al-Tiba9 is an annual international contemporary art exhibition curated by Mohamed Benhadj, an Algerian independent curator. 

 

Transgression allows the liberation of the creative energies whose agent is the human. This power of action has been theorized by several thinkers of the Eastern and the West.

This logic of action is introduced and understood only by the notion of the different levels of reality. It is a logic of complexity and freedom, the transgression of the metaphysical order, which conceived the image as an intermediary between visible and invisible, between body and soul, between here and there.

The great Sufi theorist Ibn Al-Arabi explains that we must see and understand the contradictions and tensions contained in names. It is necessary that the word joins the thing and to perceive the different levels of reality which compose it. It would be a transgression to overcome the limitations of the present, to go beyond appearances, to access the hidden reality, the light of the intellect. Ibn Al-Arabi calls these levels the degrees of the hierarchy of the being. According to the Sufi mystic, Rumi, when one recognizes the signs of creation by observing and thinking about it, one sees creation as an expression of divine power, thus reaches the love of God. The further we move away from the true center of the religious faith, the more differences and controversies emerge. "We are not going East and West, but rather we are constantly traveling to the Sun" Rumi says.

And in the verse: "And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah. Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (115) Al-Baqarah, Qoran.

Al-Tiba9 annual editions focus on light as a manifestation of energy, a principle that makes it possible to reach the phenomenological world, an element of knowledge by getting closer to the center and reach these levels of reality. These transgressive shows emerge between lights and shadows, from here and there, reaching for profound hope but staying rooted in reality.

Who we are

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Mohamed Benhadj Algiers

Founder & Curator of Al-Tiba9

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Jonathan Irawan - London

Computational Designer &Architect

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Cécile Jurine - Mexico City

Assistant Curator & Projects Director

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Luca Rossini - Rome

Al-Tiba9 official Photographer.

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Daniela Rakova - Prague

Magazine designer & coordinator