Cortona On The Move AlUla
The first international edition of Cortona On The Move AlUla was launched in February 2022 in AlUla, Saudi Arabia, a collaboration with Arts AlUla, part of the Royal Commission for AlUla.
Following the successful festival – which saw photographs by 19 international artists exhibited in the emerging arts precinct of Aljadidah Village in AlUla – a 21-day artist residency invited three Saudi and three European ( Dutch, Italian and Slovakian) photographers to create works inspired by the rich heritage and culture of AlUla. Mentors – Kholood AlBakr, François Hébel, Nathalie Herschdorfer, Corinne Noordenbos, Arianna Rinaldo, and Gaia Squarci – guided the six photographers both remotely and in-person with masterclasses and training sessions. The resulting works are proudly on display during the Cortona On The Move 2022 edition.
“The challenge has been to produce meaningful work in a charged context like the visually astounding location of Alula without falling into the pitfalls of the picturesque or the photographic hagiography. The artists have been free to choose their approach and have had at their disposal the experience, knowledge and guidance of the mentors.” Paolo Woods