Shift will be the UK’s first all women show of artists from Saudi Arabia. Featuring Dana Awartani, Reem al-Nasser and Zahra Al-Ghamdi, the artists present work which contemplates the place for memory and heritage as they negotiate their position amidst rapid cultural change in their country. This exhibition is presented in association with Shubbak, the London’s biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture.
Zahrah Al Ghamdi will also be creating a new temporary installation in the Great Court of the British Museum on 2 July.
Shubbak is the UK’s premier festival of contemporary Arab culture, presenting outstanding international Arab artists to London audiences and communities. This year’s festival is on the 1-16 July.
About the artists
Dana Awartani studied at Central St Martins and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. Her work has been exhibited in Saudi Arabia, the Venice Biennale, San Francisco and the Kochi Biennale. Awartani uses traditional craft techniques to produce contemporary multi-media works.
Zahrah Al-Ghamdi is based in Saudi Arabia. Her work explores memory and the past in traditional architecture. Al-Ghamdi’s work has been exhibited in Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the UK. She was awarded her PhD at Coventry University, UK and teaches art at the King Abdulaziz University.
Reem Al-Nasser is from Jizan in Saudi Arabia. Her work is informed by personal experience and close observation of the themes of movement and mobility and cultural change. She has exhibited in Saudi Arabia including at 21,39 earlier this year.
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The commission of Zahrah Al Ghamdi has been generously supported by individual donors Faisal Tamer and Sara Alireza.
© Image: Dana Awartani, I went away and forgot you. A while ago I remembered. I remembered I’d forgotten you. I was dreaming. Video, 2017.