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Earthseed, 2021

Through amplification of micro-experiences, Ayman Zedani examines the dynamics and relationships between the human and non-human in relation to the future of the planet. His multi-layered installations are built on a series of experiments and investigations that look towards the new materialist philosophies exploring the agency of matter, and consider multi-species collaboration as ways of surviving the challenges of the Anthropocene.

Zedani’s multi-channel video installation Earthseed is an experimental short film that weaves together factual information with science-fiction narrative. It tells the story of an imagined kinship in the Future Gulf between robots, humans, and their camels, which evolved from the ancient camel races of the twenty-first century. The story is a framework to amplify the projected effects of climate change on the Gulf region in the coming decades, and a catalyst to open a regional dialogue around these urgent ecological matters that require our immediate collaborative attention. The film’s dialogue has been developed with the independent writer and poet Wided Khadraoui.

King Abdulaziz Historical Center

Earthseed, 2021

Ayman Zedani

Saudi Arabia

Ayman Zedani’s (b. 1984) practice manifests between objects and multi-layered installations and attempts to renegotiate the relationship between human and non-human, animal and plant, organic and inorganic, land and water. His conceptual works are built on a series of experiments and investigations that look towards new materialist philosophies exploring the agency of matter, and consider multi-species collaboration as ways of surviving the challenges of the Anthropocene - deliberating upon human influence on the state, dynamic and future of the Earth.

Zedani’s recent projects include Between the Heavens and the Earth, Lahore Biennial, (2020); The return of the old ones, 21,39, Jeddah (2020); Between muddles and tangles, NYUAD gallery, Abu Dhabi (2019); Bienalsur International Biennial, Buenos Aires (2019); non-human-assembly, Sharjah Art Foundation, (2018); and Khamsa, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2018). He won the inaugural Ithra Art Prize and presented a new project at Art Dubai (2018) and held his debut solo show titled bahar-bashar-shajar-hajar, curated by Murtaza Vali, at Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2019).

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