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May We Meet Again

May We Meet Again

Noor Riyadh



Marwah AlMugait’s May We Meet Again (2021) explores the notion of infinite spaces and the possibility of creating an alternative reality through various narratives. It is based on the vital connection between its location, at the Saudi National Museum, and the people who inhabit this space, mostly residents of the area, from various countries and cultural backgrounds. Poetry is a fundamental element in this artwork: verses in different languages establish a direct communication with the viewers, allowing them to be an essential part of the work and inviting them into a more intimate and personal experience. A montage of abstract footage manifests these poems visually, projected on a mist and water screen on the roof of the museum, in an endeavor to humanize a space that is relevant and familiar to residents and regular visitors. Merging different art mediums including film and performance, the artwork transports viewers to an alternative reality, to a joyful fantasy world, where the familiar becomes unfamiliar. Created in collaboration with artists Christina Poblador and Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai, performers Rahaf Ibrahim and Nora AlSaif.