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Salwa Zeidan in Conversation with Janet Rady

Salwa Zeidan in Conversation with Janet Rady

Date(s) - 02/18/2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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on February 18th at 6.30 PM CET /12.30 PM EST

🎙 Abu Dhabi-based artist and gallerist SALWA ZEIDAN will be in conversation with curator and gallerist Janet Rady about contemporary Middle Eastern artists and the state of the art scene and art market in UAE today.

The conversation is part of “Reloading The Collection” a new IG format by Fondazione Imago Mundi intended to rediscover the existing collection and our catalogs, in view of a new exciting season of exhibitions and projects at our Foundation!

From our collection to the world.

Reloading… to Restart.



LIVE on Instagram @fondazioneimagomundi

⏰6.30 PM CET / 12.30 PM EST



Salwa Zeidan is a Lebanese-born, AbuDhabi based Artists and Gallery Director.

As a self-taught artist, Zeidan dedicated herself to learning art history through research and lectures at the Lebanese American University of Beirut. She also immersed herself into the world of art further through books and visits to hundreds of museums, art exhibitions, art fairs, and biennales around the world. Zeidan works in a variety of media; mixed media painting, sculpture, installation. Her journey helped her to develop her own technique that earned her numerous awards, accolades and recognition from the art scene, including the first prize of young Lebanese artists 1998 and the 4th place at the Florence Biennale in 2003.

Zeidan began exhibiting her works in 1989. Since then, she held dozens of solo shows and participated in more than 48 group exhibitions, Biennales, and art fairs around the world. Today, her paintings can be found in private and public collections and art foundations, in Switzerland, USA, Canada, Italy, France, London, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Lebanon, amongst others.

Salwa Zeidan also runs her own gallery Zeidan Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, which represents both well-established and emerging artists in particular from the Middle-East and Emirati area, many of which have been successfully auctioned and sold at auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s. The gallery has participated in international art fairs as Abu Dhabi art fair and Frieze London.

Salwa Zeidan is part of Imago Mundi Collection, as included in the catalog “United Arab Emirates – Amid Desert and Future” (2017)

Janet Rady – is a specialist in Contemporary Art from the Middle East based between London and the United Arab Emirates. She has +30 years’ experience of the International Art Market including Leading Auction Houses and Major Commercial Galleries.

Born in Malta, Janet first visited the Middle East in 1974 when she went to Iran and where she subsequently lived from 1983-84. She now travels regularly to the region.

Janet holds a Masters Degree in Islamic Art History from the University of Melbourne and a BA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a member of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Advisory Council of CARAVAN. Janet also sits on the Council of the Iran Society, and is a nominator for the V&A Jameel Prize.

She is a curator for the Benetton Foundation Imago Mundi Project for the UAE and Bahrein catalog, and a Judge for the Khor Online Art Initiative.

Janet has guest curated exhibitions for the peacebuilding NGO CARAVAN Arts including the I AM touring exhibition of 31 women artists from the Middle East and an exhibition of 38 Premier Bahraini, Egyptian and Lebanese artists entitled “KHALIL GIBRAN: A Guide for our Times” at Sotheby’s London. She has also edited the book “33 Artists… 33 Islands… A Kingdom of Art” – a comprehensive survey of the artists of Bahrain.

She recently joined Chiswick Auctions as a specialist in Modern and Contemporary Middle East and North African art, and co-written ‘Transcending Conflict’ the collection of HE John Rakolta and Mrs Terry Rakolta, the former American Ambassador to the UAE.


RELOADING THE COLLECTION is a new IG format intended to rediscover the existing collection and our catalogs, in view of a new exciting season of exhibitions and projects at our Foundation!

From our collection to the world.

Reloading… to Restart.

Follow the journey on Instagram @fondazioneimagomundi

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