11/2019 CRUDE at the JAMEEL ART CENTER
The inaugural exhibition of the Jameel Art Centre, 'Crude' is an exhibition that features the works of contemporary artists that engage with the oil industry’s murky archives and histories, narrating an alternate and episodic material history of modernity in the region. Dubai, UAE. Nov 11 - March 30, 2019
7/2019 PUBLIC/PRIVATE - SAUDI ART COUNCIL
The video installation And I Had No Wings (2015) was included in an exibition in the hostorical location of Albalad in Jeddah. The exhibition was curated by Turki and Abdulrahman Al-Gazza, known as Bricklab, in colaboration with the Saudi Art Council and Ministry of Culture. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. July 8- 18, 2019.
3/2019 YOUR VOICE MATTERS - MUSEUM ARNEHM
In line with the national commemoration of 100 years of women's suffrage in the Netherlands. The discussion about the role of women and male-female relationships in society is more current than ever. Women around the world stand up for their rights and demand recognition. The right to drive, equal wages for men and women, protection against sexual violence and the recognition of the female line in history are just a few examples. Your Voice Matters places the debate about the role of women - in social, historical and contemporary sense - in a broader, international context. Arnhem Museum, Netherlands. Opening March 8 - May 12, 2019.
2/2019 THE NOBEL MUSEUM - COMISSION
Two art works were commissioned to respond to Nobel Prize winning laureates books: Midaq Alley By Nagiub Mahfouz and The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexavitch. Opening February 3 - March 3, 2019.
1/2019 WATCH BEFORE YOU FALL - SOLO SHOW
Sabrina Amrani Gallery is pleased to present Watch Before You Fall, a solo show by Manal AlDowayan. In this exhibition, AlDowayan looks at symbolism found in books written about women’s bodies, using soft sculpture, ceramics, and fabric. AlDowayan describes this exhibition as “a space that stands between fear and activism; the artworks are symbols of the resilience and fragility of both the context and the artist”. In Watch Before You Fall, AlDowayan attempts to fragment these symbols and reconstruct them to create a new form, a room full of ‘healing totems’ that alter perceptions and corrects memory. These totems will be permanent memorials to stand against the attempt to reduce the complex into simple symbols. The forms AlDowayan developed for this project are meant to initiate an internal and external dialogue about symbolism and feminism in the context of religion, politics, and media. Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, Spain January 12 - March 30, 2019.
1/2019 WHAT IS AND WHAT HAS BEEN - SOLO SHOW
This exhibition surveys a series of works that looks at AlDowayan's production over the past fourteen years. This exhibition narrates the context of AlDowayan's current exhibition Watch Before You Fall showing in Sabrina Amrani's Gallery in Carabanchel. Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, Spain January 12 - February 12, 2019.
Lectures and Talks:
UNIVERSITY LECTURE SERIES - PIET ZWART INSTITUTE AND ArtEZ BEAR INSTITUTE
In conjunction with an exhibition at the Arnhem Museum exhibtion, Manal AlDowayan delivered two student lectures followed by a series of critique sessions in both Arnhem and Rotterdam. Netheralnds, March 14, 2019
ZONES OF CONFLICT - RESPONDING TO REALITIES - ART BASEL CONVERSATIONS
War, national and transnational conflicts, as well as socio-political systems of imbalance and injustice have been part of everyday discourses for decades. Recent political tensions in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as discriminatory practices towards minorities are also affecting the cultural sphere. Artists from different cultural backgrounds, all of them originating form regions of conflict, will reflect upon the situation in their respective places of origin and how they incorporate it in their works. How do they mediate conflict, dislocation, and discrimination in their practice? To what extend have war and injustice had repercussions on them? And how do they evaluate their impact as artists on these issues? Manal AlDowayan, Artist, Dubai Otobong Nkanga, Artist, Antwerp Javier Téllez, Artist, New York City Moderator: Pelin Tan, Sociologist and Art Historian, Mardin Friday, June 14, 2019, 5pm to 6pm. Filmed on site at Art Basel in Basel 2019.
Islamic Art: Past, Present, Future - Edited by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair - July 16, 2019 - ISBN: 9780300243475 - Distributed for the Qatar Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar.
11/2018 TRIBE: CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE ARAB WORLD
The exhibition contextualizes an expansive field of image- based work through various themes that have been featured in Tribe Magazine since it was established in Dubai. The exhibition is held at the American University Museum, Katzen Arts Centre. Washington DC, USA. Nov 10 - Dec 16, 2018.
11/2018 LETTERS: FRAGMENTS OF A MEMORY
Athr Art Gallery, Warehouse 421 and Abu Dhabi Art present a group show featuring 14 artists who draw from landscapes and cityscapes in the Arab world, the show is inspired by the book "Letters to a Young Muslim" by the UAE Ambassador to France, H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash. Warehouse 421. Abu Dhabi, UAE - Nov 14 to Jan 16, 2019.
10/2018 SUSPENDED TOGETHER at the BRITISH MUSEUM
The Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic world represents an exciting new vision, displayed across two magnificent refurbished galleries at the heart of the British Museum. The standing and pecking doves aquired by the British Museum in 2017 will be on log term display at the museum. Opened on October 18, 2018. London, UK.
6/2018 FEMITOPIAS - RAFEAL BOTI FOUNDATION
FEMITOPÍAS: mujeres, feminismo y cultura visual in Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Rafael Botí. Cordoba, Spain - June - September 2018.
5/2018 SUSPENDED TOGETHER at the AGA KHAN MUSEUM
The Aga Khan Museum presents this summer’s installation, Suspended Together, which floats above the courtyard café in the Museum’s atrium until October, is a flock of 30 birds representing Manal AlDowayan's response to Saudi Arabia’s travel restrictions. The Aga Khan Museum. Toronto, Canada - May - October 2018.
3/2018 MELANCHOLIA - BOGHOSSIAN FOUNDATION
The exhibition explores issues such as nostalgia for ancient forms and a bygone era; for the depiction of solitude, ruins, and passing time. Boghossian Foundation. Brussles, Belgium - March - August 2018.
LECTURES AND TALKS:
WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP at CASA ARABE
A two day forum that highlights the current state of leadership among women in all sectors in the MENA region. Casa Arabe. Madrid, Spain - May 8-9, 2018.
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.
11/2017 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.
10/2017 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.
02/2017 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.
02/2017 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.
02/2017 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.
02/2017 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.
01/2017 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.
01/2017 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:
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.
Lectures and Talks:
05/2016 ART ALIVE - LOUISIANA MUSEOM OF MODERN ART
On the occasion of Illumination and Fire Under Snow, Louisiana is hosting a two-day art festival 6-7 May. Here you will get a chance to meet an array of artists who have a connection to Louisiana's collection and exhibitions. In conversations, performances and talks, the audience will get close encounters with artists like William Kentridge, Shilpa Gupta, Ragnar Kjartansson, Pipilotti Rist, Manal Al Dowayan, Ed Atkins, Alex Da Corte and Olafur Eliasson. Copenhagen, Denmark - May 6 - 7, 2016.
09/ 2016 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.
08/2016 GENERA#ION: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM SAUDI ARABIA
This exhibition presents a cross section of artists from Saudi Arabia in San Francisco for the first time. As the world pages through headlines of racism and religious fanaticism, and as we face the growing tide of Islamaphobia spreading across Europe and the US, people are clamoring for an openness to listen to the personal stories of those from the Middle East. As the US Presidential Election approaches, this exhibition comes at a timely moment to showcase a different side of the region and offer an honest story from the voices of creative thinkers from the center of the Islamic world. The participating artists in this show represent a generation of practitioners from Saudi Arabia working seamlessly across disciplines and borders as
they redefine artistic practices against a backdrop of constant change. Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, USA - August - September, 2016
03/2016 ILLUMINATION - NEW CONTEMPORARY ART AT LOUISIANA
Louisiana presents a cornucopia of international contemporary and classic works of art acquired over the past three years – more than fifty works within painting, photography, sculpture and installation. Illumination is set to be an exciting encounter with a wide field of both familiar and unfamiliar artists: Andreas Gursky, Franz West, Cindy Sherman, Rineke Dijkstra, Julie Mehretu – and Sterling Ruby, Alex Da Corte, Roni Horn, Tacita Dean, as well as Manal AlDowayan along with many others from the global art scene. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark - March 1 - September 11, 2016
02/2016 LOOKING AT THE WORLD AROUND YOU
An exhibition that opened in Madrid at the Fundación Banco Santander showing works by contemporary artists from across North Africa and the Middle East includes Arab-inspired paintings by Goya and Magritte alongside works by Mona Hatoum, Shirin Neshat, Wael Shawky and Manal Al Dowayan among others.The Arab art show is the foundation’s first collaboration with Qatar Museums and the first major loan exhibition in Europe of works from Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art in Doha.
The Santander Art Gallery - Madrid, Spain - February 9 - 19 June, 2016
02/2016 EARTH AND EVER AFTER
Manal present a newly commissioned project titled "Sideline " at the 21,39 Jeddah Arts, in its 3rd cycle. The exhibition is curated by Hamza Seirafi and Mona Khazindar. "Earth is the collective memory that is bound to our subconscious. She is a reflection of our selves, manifesting herself as a constant flow of images that teem with scent, taste and colour." Opening in Gold Moor Mall Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on February 10 - Aoril 2016
02/2016 AND I WILL I FORGET? - SOLO SHOW
This collection is presented as a solo show titled "And I, Will I Forget?" A collection inspired from a box of Kodachrome slides shot between 1962 and 1973 in Saudi Arabia and USA. Manal inherited these images as a child and has been playing with them her whole life. In this project she questions; what happens to a memory that has no story? Manal uses these images to retell her story through someone else’s memories. She builds an imagined connection to the imagery found in the box of slides. Exploring themes of migration, separation, abandonment, and coming of age. "I have a fear of forgetting. I have a fear of being forgotten. And I, will I forget?"
Cuadro Gallery - Dubai, UAE - February 4 - March 2016
01/2016 DO IT (In Arabic)
Co-curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director Hoor Al Qasimi and Serpentine Gallery co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it بالعربي is a new iteration of the ongoing do it publication and exhibition project originally founded and curated by Obrist in 1993. Manal Participates with a instructional work titled "I Am Here". Sharjah Art Foundation UAE, January 23 - April 23, 2016.
Lectures and Talks:
04/ 2015 Colloquium - View From Inside
This colloquium is organized in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Festival and FotoFest International within the framework of the exhibition "View from the Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art" (The Gallery, Emirates Palace, March 21-April 20, 2015). The colloquium brings together Arab artists and photographers included in the show to present their work. April 15, 2015 at NYU-Abu Dhabi, UAE
04/2015 Youth in Muslim Societies Conference - Boston University
A conference that explores the multiple ways Muslim youth are dealing with neoliberal and structural changes in their lives, the means by which they are negotiating new and continuing religious and moral conflicts, and how they are using art and culture to express identities that often oppose government policies but just as often address cross-cultural exchanges throughout the Muslim world. This is the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies inaugural conference in partnership with the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies at Oxford University and The Boston Consortium of Arab Regional Studies at Northeastern University. Boston USA. April 8-9, 2015
04/ 2015 Art and Reality: Contemporary Middle Eastern Art in Context - Davis Museum at Wellesley College
This symposium explores current issues in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. This conference will map the ways contemporary Middle Eastern art circulates within various spheres of influence. The discussion will cover the possibilities and limits of scholarly, curatorial, economic, and political infrastructure within which this emerging field is embedded. Wellesley, USA. April 17-19, 2015
03/ 2015 Negotiations And Collaborations: Reflections From The Field - Art Dubai Global Art Forum 9
Manal Al Dowayan and May Al Dabbagh discuss a combined artistic and academic collaborative project that addresses issues surrounding imposed and reclaimed representations of Saudi women who are constantly mystified and made to be hyper-visible at the same time. This session intends to also navigate knowledge in our current environment of data and media overload. Kuwait March 2015
03/2015 Panel Discussion: Summer Autumn Winter ... and Spring Book Launch - Art Dubai
Curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath and artist Manal AlDowayan, Hassan Sharif, and Joana Hdjithomas discuss how informal conversations between them have evolved into a documentation of several personal and profesionalpositions. The panel marks the launch of the book whcih includes an interview with Manal. Art Dubai, March 2015.
01/ 2015 FELLOWSHIP: FiND NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ABU DHABI, UAE
A 6 month fellowship to work on the research of an ongoing project about Negotiated Space. This is a collaboration between an academic (Dr. May AlDabbagh) and Manal. UAE and Saudi Arabia - June 1 - Dec 30, 2014.
02/ 2015 RESIDENCY: ROBERT RAUSCHENBERGH FOUNDATION Manal will be spending a month in the former home of the artist which has now been converted to residency program that advances new bodies of work, extends practices into new mediums, and serves as a research and development laboratory for performance-based projects. Feb-March, 2015
02/2015 - 01/2016 ISLAMIC ART NOW: CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE MIDDLE EAST
In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. LACMA has only recently begun to acquire such work within the context of its holdings of Islamic art, understanding that the ultimate success and relevance of this collection lies in building creative links between the past, present, and future. Islamic Art Now marks the first major installation of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East. Los Angeles County Museum, USA - February 1, 2015–January 3, 2016
07/2015 WHAT IS HOME?
We all think we have the answer to the question What Is Home? - be it the building, town or country we live in, the people we live with or even the objects we surround ourselves with. At the Pump House Gallery the work of a group of Arabian artists with divergent concerns is presented. From gender roles to the relationships we hold with architectural and historical space, these concerns are manifested in their work through humour and a close cultural examination of the mundane and everyday. This exhibtion runs as part of the annual Shubbak Festival held in London UK. Pump House Gallery - July 16 - 9 August 2015.
07/2015 - 01/2016 HOME GROUND
Pushing boundaries, testing limits: this powerful exhibition from the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE runs the gamut from photography to installation, sculpture to painting, and more. Experience the work of 12 Arab artists who examine how private life is shaped by current political events. Showing at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto Canda from July 25 2015 to Jan 3 2016.
03/2015 I HAD NO WINGS
A video and sound installation. I Had No Wings questions the symbolism of designated spaces and focuses on the experience of being in the backseat of a moving car. The images and sounds in this project were filmed by Manal from the back seat of a car driving around the streets of a city in Saudi Arabia. “This project addresses the physical and ethereal states of being captured in a moment where you float between the present and future. Where many find themselves when the environment surrounding them is in a state of negation.” Editing by Adam Finch with sound contribution by Somi. Commissioned by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and part of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme. March 2015.
03/2015 COLLACURATING: SCULPTURAL PERSPECTIVES
An exhibition featuring two artworks by Manal AlDowayan that artist/curator Areej Kaoud responds to with artworks of her own. This project is first in a series of shows that explores curating as an art practice that is articulated via collaborations between artists. For this exhibition, Kaoud uses two of AlDowayan's artworks as points of origination in order for a physical dialogue to occur between the works. House 10, Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood Dubai, United Arab Emirates. March 2015
03/2015 ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN
A group show on the representation of women by women. Curated by Samia AlKhashogji showing at Hafez Gallery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. March 2015
LECTURES AND TALKS:
10/2014 ASIAN CONTEMPORARY ART WEEK - PRESENTING CRASH
Manal Al Dowayan’s FIELD MEETING presentation focused on her ongoing research-based art projects exploring inclusion, memory, policy, and archives. She spoke about her recent work, Crash, which examines the deaths of Saudi Arabian female teachers over the past 25 years due to car and bus accidents on roads. She asks, “what does it mean to actively erase a group of people from collective memory?” Manal also reviewed the importance of experimental spaces, allowing for such exploratory projects to manifest, and the debates that unfolded once her works were shown in both exhibition, and workshop formats.
01/2014 MATHAF MUSEUM OF MODERN ARAB ART - PROJECT SPACE
In a project titled Crash, Manal AlDowayan transforms Mathaf’s “Project Space” into a temporary artists studio. Over the course of the two-month project, AlDowayan opens this studio to the public, making transparent the materials and process of research into the frequent car accidents that take the lives of women schoolteachers in Saudi Arabia. Doha, Qatar January 13 to March 26, 2014
05/ 2014 SONGS OF LOVE AND SONGS OF LOSS, OUM KALTHOUM AND LEE-NAN YOUNG, GWANGJU MUSEUM OF ART
An exhibition that is built around the premise of a fictional encounter between two icons, Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum and South Korean singer Lee-Nan Young. in Paris in 1967. “Using fiction as form of critical rewriting of an alternative history” Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fallrath. Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea, May 16 - Aug 25, 2014.
10/2014 P.3: PROSPECT NEW ORLEANS - NOTES FOR NOW
Curated by Franklin Sirmans who plans to include 50 local and international artists who embody a geographically, generationally, and culturally diverse selection of viewpoints about contemporary culture. P.3’s exhibitions, art installations and public events will take place at nearly twenty traditional and non-traditional spaces throughout New Orleans ranging from the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University to the Mandeville Street Wharf on the Mississippi River, and many more. New Orleans, USA, October 25, 2014.
05/2014 THE OTHER AND ME - SHARJAH INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
This exhibition comes as part of an expansive program of significant cultural events that mark the celebration of the city of Sharjah having been awarded the title of the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2014. The exhibition will feature approximately 30 or more artists and will highlight the international currents of contemporary photographic art in the region. 21 May – 21 June 2014 at the Sharjah Art Museum. Sharjah, UAE
03/ 2014 FOTOFEST 2014 BIENNIAL
The FotoFest 2014 Biennial, the 15th International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, is March 15 - April 27, 2014. FotoFest's own exhibitions for the 2014 Biennial will focus on Contemporary Arab Photographic Art, including video and multi-media installations. The Biennial will showcase more than 40 contemporary Arab artists using photography and related visual media to address a broad range of aesthetic and cultural values impacting Arab culture. March 15 - April 27, 2014, Houston, Texas U.S.A.
03/2014 CRASH - SOLO SHOW
A conclusion to her research conducted during her residency in Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art in Doha she has created an exhibition that documents the alarming numbers of Saudi female teachers that are injured or die in car accidents every year. For these women, the combination of low pay, a ban on driving, far flung teaching assignments and unsafe roads and drivers, has created a highly dangerous and unstable situation. In her latest research-based artwork, Crash, Manal AlDowayan asks the viewer, “Why don’t you see this?”. Dubai, UAE - Cuadro Art Gallery, March 17th to April, 2014.
12/ 2013 - 02/ 2014 PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES & PROJECTS GARDEN, MATHAF: MUSEUM OF MODERN ARAB ART
The concept of a garden expresses the idea of culture, the diversity of Mathaf’s unique Collection of modern and contemporary art, and tells of multiple histories to be explored. The modern museum is a place for intellectual and artistic production that responds to the need of society to recognize and validate its values and creativity, or to examine its history and perspective of development. Manal’s work Suspended Together is shown in this exhibition from December 10, 2013 to February 9, 2014 in Doha, Qatar
01/2014 NOW BABYLON: ARCHITECTURAL EXHIBITION AT LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
In the exhibition NOW BABYLON we turn our attention to the Arab world. A world that geographically, climatically, demographically and culturally differs enormously over the span from Baghdad to Saudi Arabia to Morocco. Only the Arabic language, with its variations, is common to all 22 countries in the Arab world, but other cultural similarities can be found. The exhibition is a crossover, showing architectural projects and installations as well as works of art. DENMARK 31 January - 4 May 2014
02/2014 TREE OF GUARDIANS - MUALGAT EXHIBITION AS PART OF THE JEDDAH ARTS [21,39]
A city wide art festival that examines both modern and contemporary art in Saudi Arabia. Manal will be showing a new work titled The Tree of Guardians in the curated show. February - April 2014, Jeddah Saudi Arabia
Lectures and Talks:
Nuqat: Executing Culture Shock
The purpose of this year's conference is to challenge and examine the experience of cultural change and its effect on artists and designers. It will also assess the role of creatives in executing change within a transforming culture through the exploration of its transitional levels. Manal will give a talk titled “A Journey of Belonging”. November 7 - 12, 2013, Kuwait.
Books, Borders & Bikes 2013
Manal will exhibiting her I AM collection and speaking at the 4th Annual International Festival of Literature and Thought at Traquair House in the Borders. The 2013 Festival will bring together writers, artists, cultural and political leaders from all over the world for a relaxing yet stimulating weekend of debates, walks, cycles, films and art. Festival themes include national identity, liberty and the State, Iraq 10 years on, Scotland's role in the world, the power of cultural diplomacy and the rise of protests. 17-18 August Edinburgh, Scotland. (Video of these talks are available online)
Global DIalogue - 7th Edition of Art Dubai:
Professor of political science Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, artist Manal Al Dowayan, and geostrategist Parag Khanna discuss POLEMICS: FREEZONE. (Audio of this panel is now available online)
03/22/2013 “If I Forget You, Don’t Forget Me” Book Launch - 7 the Edition of Art Dubai
The launch of the book that is inspired by the collection “If I Forget You, Don’t Forget Me” with a book signing event at Art Dubai on Friday March 22 at 5:30 pm at Madinat Jumeirah.
ICA FILM SCREENING: QATAR UK 2013 YEAR OF CULTURE - CINEMA ON THE STEPS
On the second night of Cinema on the Steps screens Manal AlDowayan’s silent mash-up of 1940’s and 50’s belly dancing. Also being screened are films by Ziad Antar and Rania Stephan curated by Alia Sanusi and Abdulla AlTurki. ICA Theater on the Mall. London UK 20 - 23 August 2013
03/2013 MinD/Body exhibition - DUCTAC
MinD/Body exhibition will explore the role of the body and self-censorship in contemporary art from the Gulf to investigate the creative and exhibitive freedom of the artist. MinD/Body will see experimental artworks in a range of media (including video, installation, painting, photography and performance art) showcased throughout the DUCTAC complex. The show will feature work by 16 artists, including Manal AlDowayan. Showing at DUCTAC 6th March – 10th April 2013
03/13/2013 The State of Disappearance at Cuadro Art Gallery
Manal AlDowayan’s exploration of disappearance led her to its counterbalance – the necessary act of conservation. She explores the preservation of definitions through both language and images, relying on two sources, Abu Mansour AlTha’alby AlNaysaboury’s “Jurisprudence of a Language: The Secrets of Arabic,” and daily newspapers from Saudi Arabia. Showing at Cuadro Art Gallery - March 13 to May 4, 2013
Tree of Guardians: PARTICIPATORY ART PROJECT LAUNCHED in SAUDI ARABIA
Do you want to be part of my artwork?To all the wonderful women in Saudi … I would like to invite you to become an active participant in an artwork I am producing. You are invited to attend a workshop with me, where we will have a short discussion then we will work on creating a collaborative art piece. This artwork will be shown in Jeddah as part of the Mu’alagat exhibition during the Jeddah Arts [21,39] programming planned for February 4, 2014
11-04/2013 Light From The Middle East at the Victoria & Albert Museum - London, UK
Contemporary photographic practice relating to the Middle East in the last few years has been vibrant, innovative and varied. It reflects the region’s rapid changes and upheavals in political, religious, social and cultural life while often balancing a celebration and critique of tradition. The result is some of the most visually experimental photographic practice today. This exhibition is a survey showing myriad talents, and incorporates a wide range of styles and approaches that is richly rewarding, ranging from journalism, staged narratives, montage and fine art practice. The show opens in November 13, 2012 to April 7, 2013 in London, UK.
01/16/2013 Journey of Belonging - Solo Show at Athr Gallery - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Introducing new work by the artist as well as seminal work from her previous series. The exhibition explores the artist’s frequent voyages into the past in search of understanding and mutual acceptance. With the intersecting of key works from the artist’s different series under one roof, a pattern emerges, a common thread weaves itself through the works, one that gradually alters and transforms but remains unbroken. A journey comes to light. A Journey of Belonging allows the viewer to approach Al-Dowayan’s work from a new perspective. There is a paradigm shift in focus, with controversial issues of women’s rights and identity, normally associated with the artist’s work, fading into the background, and the artist’s personal fears and obsessions coming to the fore. 16th January, 2013 - 15th February, 2013
Lectures and Talks:
Showcase Gallery – October 30th Artist Talk with Francesca, Heiki, and Noor Suwaidi
American University of Sharjah – October 18 to Auditorium
New York University Abu Dhabi – October 16 to Middle Eastern Studies Class
Club De Madrid at the Clinton Library - Invited to speak and exhibit at Club De Madrid’s conference on women’s political and economic empowerment – Harnessing 21st Century Challenges: A Focus on Women, which was held at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas hosted by Club de Madrid Honorary Chair, President Bill Clinton. 12/17/2012. I Gave a talk with Academy award winner Gina Davis on the subject of “Women in Art and Media” held at the Heifer Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas 12/17/2012
7/2012 Artist Discussions in MUSAC, León and Casa Árabe, Madrid - Spain
Manal AlDowayan will be part of panel discussions planned for July 2012. The program will consist of two debates and a curated video program. The theme for the first discussion is "Relation between Modernity and Tradition", curated by Ala Younis, and includes conversations with Amina Menia, Wael Shawky, and Fadi Yazigi. The second discussion is on “Genre and female identity”, and is curated by Elisa Hernando , and includes conversations with Manal Al Dowayan and Asli Sungu. July 6th : MUSAC, León () July 9th and 10th: Casa Árabe, Madrid ()
1/2012 WE NEED TO TALK: EDGE OF ARABIA - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Edge of Arabia launches the most significant survey of Saudi contemporary art ever held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Opens January 20 to February 18, 2012. Symposium and Talks at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce January 18, 2012.
2/2012 “SIMPLY WORDS?” - Exhibition at AB Gallery, Switzerland
The exhibition SIMPLY WORDS? deals with the word - a phenomenon that is not understandable for all. How can the word transcend cultural boundaries? Where is its place in a globalised, digital world? Having explored these questions in various ways the four following artists will now present their work at AB Gallery Lucerne: Manal AlDowayan (Saudi Arabia), Simeen Farhat (USA-Pakistan), Farideh Lashai (Iran), Claudia Meyer (Switzerland-France). Show opens Feb 5 - March 10, 2012.
2/2012 MANAL ALDOWAYAN SOLO SHOW AT KATARA ART CENTER - Doha, Qatar
A Retrospective of Manal’s artworks will be exhibited at Doha’s Katara Art Center. The exhibition will span the artist’s career and will include works from her “I Am”, “Landscapes of the Mind”, “And We Had No Shared Dreams”, and her new art piece “My Name”. The exhibition opens on February 9th, 2012 at the Katara Galleries - Bldg 19 - Doha - Qatar
3/2012 Solo Show: If I Forget You Don’t Forget Me at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery - Dubai, UAE
Cuadro presents seven solo exhibitions for the following artists: Manal Al Dowayan, Jaffar Al Oraibi, Athier, Nadine Kanso, Roberto Lopardo, Aidan Salakhova and Ayman Yossri Daydban. Manal will be showing a collection titled “If I Forget You Don’t Forget Me”. Opens March 19 to May 9, 2012 at the DIFC in Dubai, UAE
Art4sight Charity Auction - Ara Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Auction at Art4Sight exhibition has raised a total of Dhs880,000, which will be used to fund blindness prevention programmes in countries of need across the globe. All the artworks donated by several artists were auctioned for Noor Dubai by Christies at a gala event held recently in Dubai.
9-10/2012 Esmi (My Name) at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery - Dubai, UAE
Manal AlDowayan’s installation of prayer beads is her second participatory project with the women of Saudi Arabia. The artist called out to women across the Kingdom to join her in creating a piece that addresses the Saudi custom of not uttering a woman’s name. The individual beads carry the names of the women that took part, written in their own hand and was a response to AlDowayan’s powerful callout: “Our names will be preserved, and we will not allow the Saudi woman’s name to be erased, replaced, nor become a source of shame.” showing at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery in Dubai from September 17 to October 25.
11-12/ 2012 SOFT POWER at AlAan Art Center - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The inaugural exhibition SoftPower features new commissions by emerging artists Sarah Abu Abdallah and Sarah Mohanna Al-Abdali and a special loan by Manal Al Dowayan. While varied in style and methodology, their works employ a nuanced and at times humorous approach towards exploring the position of women within contemporary society, forgoing militant tactics for those of solidarity, ambiguity and irony. SoftPower is curated by Sara Raza and runs from 26 September to 10 December in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
11/2012 A SUBTLE PERFUME at Space CAN - Seoul, Korea
Contemporary Arab Artists from the international community, who have been working actively overseas, with the purpose of illuminating the value of women’s art and women’s roles in the fine arts and in society. This project is sponsored by Art Council Korea and organized by the CAN foundation and curated by Eunju Min. The show will run during November at Space CAN (Seongbuk-dong) Seoul, Korea.
10/2012 #COMETOGETHER exhibit by Edge of Arabia - London, UK
The title, #COMETOGETHER, is a deliberate reference to social networking channels, which have transformed the nature and power of individual expression across the Islamic World in recent years. This exhibit presents glimpses of a worldview that is incredibly connected, with artists moving effortlessly across mediums and platforms, and drawing from a myriad of influences across religion, history and geographies, to highlight an intergenerational tension that is driving the emerging scene. The exhibit runs from 07 to 28th OCT 2012 at OLD TRUMAN BREWERY, 81 BRICK LANE, LONDON, UK
12/2012 Harnessing 21st Century Challenges: A Focus on Women at The Clinton Foundation - Arkansas, USA
Manal will be showing her art at a conference on women’s political and economic empowerment – Harnessing 21st Century Challenges: A Focus on Women, which will be held at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas in December, 2012 hosted by Club de Madrid Honorary Chair, President Bill Clinton and the Members of the Club de Madrid. More details will be provided closer to the date.
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9/2011 THE ARTIST AND THE PARADOX OF HISTORY SEMINAR AT CICA
”But today is so much more interesting than yesterday” is the keynote speech given by Manal AlDowayan during The Artist and The Paradox of History Seminar hosted at the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki. The CICA project is a joint initiative by three pioneering artistic research clusters and four central museums and art centers in Finland, Sweden and Great Britain. Find the seminar program .
1/2011 Look Beyond, at the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), Vienna, Austria
3/2011 Edge of Arabia: Terminal, During Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
In a highly conceptual and experiential exhibition, TERMINAL addresses the concept of travel, bureaucracy, privacy and identity, creating a pop-up exhibition in an abandoned ground-floor space in the DIFC. Guiding the viewer through a real-life airport experience, from check-in, through security, and on towards the-globalised world.
Edge of Arabia, a pioneering travelling exhibition that has shed new light on the largely unknown contemporary art culture of Saudi Arabia, is coming to Dubai this March during the Sharjah Biennial and in partnership with Art Dubai, and under the global tour sponsorship of ALJ Community Initiatives.
3/2011 Right Here Right Now, Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, UAE
The six artists in Right Here, Right Now share the experience of having a transnational identity. It is a challenge to distill elements of their persona as being truly drawn from their countries of origin, having been distanced from them through exile, globalization or both. Their self-expression is therefore one focused on universal themes, such as alienation, vulnerability and personal space.
Although in a secondary role, the attachment to a homeland filters through the works. Landscapes and cityscapes of Saudi Arabia and Turkey are the canvas for Manal Al Dowayan and Ali Taptik, respectively.
The artists reinvent elements drawn from their countries of origin in a contemporary style, resulting in diluted versions of the originals. Right Here, Right Now leaves one questioning, does the phenomenon of a transnational identity help us connect with a globalized culture, or does it alienate one further? Is the sense of social cohesion and belonging lost through this abstraction?
7/2011 Freedom to Create, New York, Mumbai, and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Freedom to Create Exhibitions celebrates the power of the creative arts to heal, inspire and build social capital. It is is a physical manifestation of how creativity is being used to drive social change around the world. Each year, a selection of highly commended entries for the Freedom to Create Prize are chosen for a touring exhibition, which travels across the world. The Exhibition aims to bring messages of courage, creativity, unity, reconciliation and hope from around the world to new audiences. It addresses the importance of empowering dreams to transform lives, and celebrates the power of art to confront barriers to prosperity. Touring exhibition will last throughout 2011.
5/2011 The Bravery of Being Out of Range, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The defining ethics in our modern society have whitewashed any authenticity and individuality, creating an unyielding want for more of the same. This global system of intertwining networks creates a double-edged sword. Artworks of 11 artists explore this concept at Athr Gallery in Jeddah.
6/2011 The Future of a Promise, during Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
The Future of a Promise will be the largest Pan-Arab show of contemporary art at the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. From Tunisia all the way to Saudi Arabia, this landmark exhibition brings together more than twenty-five recent works and commissions by some of the foremost artists from the Arab world.
9/2011 Metropolis: City Life in the Urban Age at Noorderlicht Festival, Groningen, Netherlands
Since the beginning of the 21st century, more than half of the world's population are living in cities. Metropolis: City Life in the Urban Age shows the many faces of the modern city. Noorderlicht organizes its 18th International Photofestival, in which diverse photographic genres and series are welded into a thematic narrative. Opening September 11 to October 9, 2011 in Groningen, Netherlands.
9-10/2011 RESIDENCY AT THE TOWNHOUSE GALLERY
I am currently on a residency/internship at The Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt until the end of October of 2011. Follow my adventures and activities during this time on