Manal AlDowayan Venice Saudi Pavilion

by Alain Chivilò

 

“My approach to art over the last two decades has given me the chance to be part of a transformation that is taking place in my country. The Biennale Arte 2024 presents a rare opportunity to represent where I stand in my practice, positioned in the context of my community, my country, and the world as a whole”.

The statement introduces the participation of the artist Manal AlDowayan at Biennale Arte 2024, Saudi Pavilion.

With AlDowayan representing Saudi Arabia, it’s the third time features a woman artist and the Nation is at its fourth participation in Venice.

As communicated, Manal AlDowayan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most significant contemporary artists, recognised internationally for her work that spans participatory practice, photography, sound and sculpture. She interrogates traditions, collective memories and the status and representation of women.

Biography

Manal AlDowayan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most significant contemporary artists working internationally. Her work, which spans various mediums including photography, sound, sculpture, and participatory practice, interrogates traditions, collective memories and the status and representation of women. AlDowayan’s work has been exhibited regionally and internationally in institutions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, USA (2023); the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada (2023); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA (2023); Misk Art Institute, Saudi Arabia (2023, 2022); Setouchi Triennale, Japan (2022); Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE (2023); Diriyah Biennale, Saudi Arabia (2022); Taehwa River Eco Festival, Korea (2021); V&A Museum, UK (2021); British Museum, UK (2021); Desert X AlUla, Saudi Arabia (2020); The Nobel Museum, Sweden (2019); the Aga Khan Museum, Canada (2018); Royal College of Art, UK (2018); Abu Dhabi Art, UAE (2017); Institut du Monde Arabe, France (2017); the  Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2016); Santander Art Gallery, Madrid (2016); Los Angeles County  Museum of Art, USA (2015); Prospect New Orleans,  American Biennial, USA (2014); Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea (2014); Mathaf: Arab Museum  of Modern Art, Qatar (2014); and in collateral shows at the Biennale Arte (2009/11), among others. Her works can be found in the collections of the British Museum, UK; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; the Centre Pompidou, France; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim, USA. She participated in the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, USA (2015), and the artist-in-residence programme at the Delfina Foundation, UK (2009).

 

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