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
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
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.
ISLAMIC ART NOW: CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE MIDDLE EAST - LA County Museum
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
HOME GROUND - Aga Khan Museum
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.
LECTURES AND TALKS
Colloquium - View From Inside - New York University in Abu Dhabi
This colloquium is organized in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Festival and FotoFest In
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