Muhannad Shono’s The Mind Ship Exodus is a new site specific installation conceived for Noor Riyadh 2021 and inspired by our narratives conjured up around the nature, mythology and mysticism of fire. Shredded steel wire and steel mesh manifest a sci-fi landscape upon which rests a discarded vessel from another world. Both industrial and organic, it creates an atmosphere of wonder and mystery, its surface coming to life with patterns and waves of burning light, in a call to reignite the mind and unleash its power to change our world. With this artwork, the artist offers us a symbolic means of escape into the cosmos of our minds, a trip towards new ways of thinking and transformative ideas. A once mighty vessel lies forgotten and dormant, awaiting to be reassembled, ignited and relaunched towards our imagination. The mind, like a burning bush with its neurons forever ablaze with hope, is the source of limitless energy, able to propel us to new and yet unknown horizons.
Muhannad Shono (b. 1977) is a Saudi artist whose multidisciplinary practice includes ink on paper, large-scale experiential, sculptural and technological installations. A self-taught artist based in Riyadh, his work deals with the singular, the minute and the individual unit of thought and how it then coagulates into systems of belief, tribalistic action and the formation of human factions.
Select group exhibitions include Desert X, Al Ula (2020); I Love You Urgently, 21,39, Jeddah (2019); and Bridges to Seoul, Seoul (2019). Solo exhibitions include: The Silence Is Still Talking, Athr, Jeddah (2019); Ala: Ritual Machine, Ithra, Dammam and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2018); and Children of Yam, Athr, Jeddah (2016).
Maha Malluh (b. 1959) is a Riyadh-based artist. Born in Jeddah. She is greatly influenced by her spiritual connection to the historic region of Najd, with its strong religious and cultural heritage, colorful patterned fabrics, and old Najdi architecture, all elements that greatly influence her art.SEE ARTIST
Sultan bin Fahad
Sultan bin Fahad (b. 1971) considers art as a journey between intangible memories and tangible cultures. Throughout his abstract drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations bin Fahad’s central theme and object of concern remains material culture in his native Saudi Arabia.SEE ARTIST
Mary Corse (b. 1945) investigates materiality, abstraction, and perception through the subtly gestural and precisely geometric paintings that she has made over her fifty-year career.SEE ARTIST
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