Artist BioBorn in Qatif, Saudi Arabia 1990, BFA from CFAD/Sharjah, UAE. Recent participations include the 11th Sharjah Biennial 2013, Rhizoma in the 55th Venice biennale 2013, Soft Power in Riyadh 2012 . Contributed to the Global Art Forum_7’s fellowship programme in Art Dubai 2013.

The Salad Zone

The work offers disarrayed glimpses of multiple narratives such as that of familial domestic tensions, a juvenile dream of going to Japan, the tendency to smash TVs in moments of anger and eating fish. While using scenes from the artist’s surroundings and life in Saudi Arabia like streets or malls, it never attempts to provide the whole picture but taking a rhizomatic approach to tell a story of the everyday life.
The Salad Zone 2013, video still
The Salad Zone 2013, video still
Installation view/venice biennale

Saudi Automobile

Saudi Automobile 2011, Performance video
It’s prohibited by law for women to drive in Saudi Arabia. So, here I am painting the shell of a wrecked car with light pink paint as if shedding on it a female savor would fix its dysfunctionality.
Saudi Automobile 2011, Performance video
Saudi Automobile 2011, Performance video
Saudi Automobile 2011, Installation view in SB11, Image courtesy to Sharjah Art Foundation

Proposal: Neo-Orientalism (working title)

Geography shapes the experiences of individuals and their roles in society but the internet manages to trespass that and shape all different kinds of subcultures in the most unlikely places on Earth. As a teenager in saudi arabia, me and my group of friends were a bunch of shut-ins who derived emotions from anime shows, we called ourselves “otaku”s and not unlike many kids around the world we really wanted to go to Japan but maybe albeit more desperately. The narratives anime tackles encourages shaping an individual's personal legend, like many fiction works; usually through violence: good beats evil and coming of age stories, which left us hungry for an unobtainable glory which naturally manifested itself in the dream of going to Japan. While the japanese anime has been airing in the arab world since the seventies, the connectivity the internet offers made life in Japan, a country that is as mythical as China here, not of “people on TV” but of real people that we are able to interact with. We shaped a whole behavioral pattern that rejected the social pressure imposed on us in our childbearing years of a future in the household. Now aged 23, many of us dropped such absurd dreams and are devoted to raise their own kids and families. But one in particular is still fighting a very unlikely fight. I’d like to make a short movie/video work about her and if the budget allows it, actually send her to Japan just to document what possibly can happen after one reaches “there”. Building along the way broken and fictional segments to twist the narrative up a bit. if the budget doesn’t allow it, the movie will be based in Saudi and will be about the longing she constructed around Japan as that unattainable spot of land to step on.

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