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Ayman Yossri Daydban
Palestine Noor Riyadh

Ayman Yossri Daydban

Born in 1966 in Ramallah, Palestine. Lives and works in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Ayman Yossri Daydban is an established Saudi-Palestinian artist whose multidisciplinary practice centers upon the critical examination of national narratives. The artist’s last name translates into English as “watchman” or “guard”, and Yossri Daydban adopts the observant eye of this persona in his acute analysis of identity, existence, and belonging as they relate to cultural heritage, national integration, and the complex interrelation of East/West influences. Of particular interest to the artist are the tensions arising at the intersectional points of translation and interdependence, where questions of assimilation and divergent customs come to the fore. Yossri Daydban’s painting, photography, and printmaking explore issues of identity and alienation, often through combinations of cinematic images and text.

Selected recent exhibitions include “Feeling the Stones”, Diriyah Biennale, Riyadh, 2021; “Durational Portrait: A Brief Overview of Video Art in Saudi Arabia”, Athr, Jeddah, 2020; “Eyes East Bound”, Cairo Biennale, 2019; “Epicenter X: Contemporary Saudi Art”, Arab-American National Museum, Dearborn, MI, 2017; “Give Me the Light”, Athr, Jeddah, 2016 (solo); and “Common Grounds”, Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, 2014.

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