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).
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