YOU ARE FROM ME AND I AM FROM YOU - PUBLIC COMISSION
Comissioned by the Department of Culture and Arts in Abu Dhabi to respond to a UNESCO hertitage site in AlAin Oasis, UAE. November - January 2018.
DESERT TO DELTA: CONTEMPORARY ART IN MEMPHIS
Curated by AMUM, selected work ranges from seemingly traditional manuscript illumination to bold “calligraffiti,” from bronze sculpture to sound and “scent” portraits, from cell-phone photography to multi-media installation. Saudi artists address issues that resonate throughout the world: environmental degradation, economic disparity, urban growth and loss of traditional culture, social inequality of women and minorities, and escalating tensions between and among ideologies. While these concerns may be universal, Saudi artists approach them through the lens of their country’s unique history and forms of cultural expression. the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM). Memphis, USA - October 8 - Jan 6, 2018.
Omar Saif Ghobash's 'letters' to his 'young Muslim' [son] serves as the pivot around which 36 artists respond to in this latest exhibition. Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - June 11- September 30,2017.
100 MASTERPIECES OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ARAB ART
The Arab World Institute (Institut du Monde Arabe or IMA) is paying tribute to the collection of modern and contemporary Arab art in the fondation Barjeel (the Barjeel Foundation). This incredibly rich collection pays tribute to the creative dynamism of the Arab artistic scene. Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France. February 28 - July 18, 2017.
AND I, WILL I FORGET? - SOLO SHOW
Sabrina Amrani is pleased to present the first solo show in Spain by Manal AlDowayan. The exhibition And I, Will I Forget? displays a selection of works from an eponymous series that delves into the transience of memory and the act of reappropriating narratives. SABRINA AMRANI GALLERY, Madrid, Spain - January 11 - February 26, 2017.
SAFAR - 21,39 JEDDAH ARTS 4TH EDITION
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, this 4th edition is designed as an educational platform that explores the notion of travel and movement as a vehicle for learning and growth. Conceived as both a public forum for creative experimentation, as well as a visual arts exhibition, Safar will feature artworks by Manal from her Crash series. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - February 1 to May 1, 2017.
I AM HERE: MANAL ALDOWAYAN - SOLO SHOW
On the heels of the inauguration, personhood will not be denied, concealed in fabric, or turned into a number on a registry. AlDowayan explores what defines who we are at the most granular level - our thoughts, bodies, personal histories, religious choices. Her photography, installation + mixed media work narrate this particular constellation of details. Acknowledging our differences, we all can nonetheless find commonality in our aspirations, in the importance of roots and in the inescapable journey from womb to death. ROJAS + RUBENSTEEN PROJECTS, Miami, Florida, USA. February 17 - March 26, 2017.
BAYN (IN BETWEEN) - UAE ART UNLIMITED
Curated by Munirah AlSayegh the exhibition centres on new commissioned works that explore the divide between the recent past and contemporary incarnations, examining what lies between those two lives. Manal will be showing her work Tree of Guardians in the third exhibition organised by UAE Unlimited, entitled 'Bayn: the In-Between', which will be held at Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi, UAE from February 25 - April 25, 2017.
AND I, WILL I FORGET? - SOLO SHOW
In her new exhibition, And I, Will I Forget, Manal Al Dowayan visually explores the theme of memory by focusing on the act of forgetting or erasing the past. The silk screened and mixed media works explore the lost stories behind approximately 1,000 Kodachrome slides her father gave to her as a child. The images detail the years between 1962 and 1973 when her father studied in America and traveled outside of his home country of Saudi Arabia. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY GALLERY, New York, USA - September 19 to December 16, 2016.
IMPERFECT CHRONOLOGY - MAPPING THE CONTEMPORARY II
The exhibition focuses on the theme of mapping geographies, examining the notion of statehood and exploring how artists engage with the rapidly expanding cities of the Arab region. Drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection of modern and contemporary Arab art, this is the final display in a year-long series at the Whitechapel Gallery. Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK- August 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017
LECTURES AND TALKS
NUQAT: THE HUMAN CAPITAL FORUM
Guest speaker at the Human Capital Forum, a two day forum that highlights the importance of investing in creativity for social impact. Kuwait, January 24-25, 2018.
THE FIRST DINNER SYMPOSIUM:
Prologue 3: Art Activism - Feminism - Transcultural Movements:
Invited to present at the final series of an artist-led symposium that discusses current activist and feminist perspectives in Scandinavia and the Middle East. Oslo, Norway - October 21-22, 2017.
Hitting the Road (Driving) - By Manal AlDowayan - The Forcast Issue: A View Beyond The Horizon, Issue 07, 2018 - Published by The Monocle Magazine.
I Am – By Manal AlDowayan, the Visual Research and Social Justice special issue of Studies in Social Justice Journal.
A creative intervention piece for the Visual Research and Social Justice special issue of Studies in Social Justice Journal. This special issue of Studies in Social Justice (SSJ) as contributing to reflections on and interdisciplinary conversations about visual research that build on considerable existing knowledge, particularly through an emphasis on relationships between visuality and social justice. It focuses, therefore, on qualitative visual research that explores a range of intersections among, for example, filmmaking, photography, digital story telling, visual methodologies, epistemic justice, and social justice processes and interventions. Published December 2017.
Imperfect Cronology: Arab Art from the Modern to the Contemporary - Works from the Barjeel Foundation - Edited by Omar Kholeif with Candy Stobbs - Published by Whitechaple Gallery, London, UK, 2015 - ISBN 978-3-7913-5485-9
do it (In Arabic) - Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Hoor AlQassimi - Published by the Sharjah Art Foundation 2016 - ISBN 978-9948-446-72-9
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You Are From Me and I Am From You, 2017