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Sultan bin Fahad

Saudi Arabia Noor Riyadh

Sultan bin Fahad

Born in 1971 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Lives and works in Riyadh.

Sultan Bin Fahad’s conceptually guided practice incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation. His work explores expressions of Islamic and Saudi identity, histories, and national narratives through attention to the products of his homeland’s prodigious material culture. By amassing and rearranging eclectic domestic objects – including flasks, prayer mats, air conditioning units, and chandeliers – Bin Fahad connects past to present. He often transforms these objects by grouping and re-arranging them, drawing on the logic of selection and language of multiplicity. The readymade articles become mnemonic objects that, when transposed into the contemporary moment, illuminate latent cultural memories.

Selected recent exhibitions include “The View from There”, Sadie Coles, London, 2022; “Forever Is Now”, Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, 2021; “#Frequency”, Alda Fendi Foundation, Rhinoceros Gallery, Rome, 2020 (solo); “The Red Palace”, Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi, 2020 (solo); and “Gabriel”, Fondazione Fendi, Rome, 2019 (solo).

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