Daniah Al Saleh

“I asked artists to think about three core ideas,” El Khalil says. “The first was biomimicry – a connection with nature, learning from nature, from 3.8 billion years of evolution. The second was adaptability: decisions might need to be amended ver

February 9, 2020 - Melissa Gronlund_ The National_ Art & Culture

I Love You, Urgently looks to natural forms, communities, connections, and a level-­playing field between humans and the natural world – ideas such as camel herders singing lullabies to their animals. Its ostensible focus is the continuing climate emergency, though the artists involved in the exhibition were inspired not just by climate change, but by the strategies and shifts in mind-sets that will be necessary to improve or adapt to a changed planet.

“I asked artists to think about three core ideas,” El Khalil says. “The first was biomimicry – a connection with nature, learning from nature, from 3.8 billion years of evolution. The second was adaptability: decisions might need to be amended very quickly, and the needs themselves might need to be amended very quickly. And the third was specificity: to look at our environment and to think, what are the specific needs?” Each of the works on show were commissioned, and the 21, 39 organisers worked with the artists from research phase to final result.

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The 2020 edition of 21,39 opens in Jeddah

January 28, 2020 - Melissa Gronlund_The National

The seventh 21,39, the Jeddah Arts Week, has opened in the Red Sea city today. Curated by Maya El Khalil and titled I Love You, Urgently, the week consists of talks and a central exhibition. It concentrates on ecology and sustainability, inspired by the work of German architect Frei Otto, who built a number of projects in Saudi Arabia.

Community and the environment permeate the exhibition’s projects. They range from an analysis of the unique ecosystem formed by the Al Manakh concrete factory outside of Riyadh, in a project by Fahad bin Naif and Alaa Tarabzouni, to interventions in Jeddah’s Al Balad, or Old Town, neighbourhood. As El Khalil noted at the press conference, Al Balad is itself a unique ecosystem, with its Unesco-protected carved wooden doors and traditional houses.

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بدعم من وزارة الثقافة.. المجلس الفني السعودي يدشن معرض 21،39 فن جدة بعنوان “أيتها الأرض”

January 28, 2020 - Anhaa News Report

بدعم من ووزارة الثقافة السعودية، دشن المجلس الفني السعودي النسخة السابعة من معرض 21،39 فن جدة تحت عنوان “أيتها الأرض” والذي يحوي اعمالاً تتناول مواضيع الاستدامة البيئية واستكشاف طرق بديلة للتعايش والحياة على كوكبنا من خلال برنامج فني وثقافي وتعليمي يشمل معارض وورش عمل وحوارات نقاشات، وبرنامج تعليمي عام واسع النطاق.

ويضم معرض ” أيتها الأرض” الذي يقام من 28 يناير الى 18 أبريل في كل من مقر المجلس الفني السعودي والمنطقة التاريخية بجدة القديمة أعمالاً لأكثر من 60 فنان ومهندس معماري ومصمم ومفكر محلي ودولي تبحث عن التحديات الناجمة عن تدمير البيئة الطبيعية وتعتبر مبادرة هذا العام استمرارا لرسالة المجلس الفني السعودي والتي تهدف إلى تنمية مشهد الفن المحلي وبناء الجسور مع عالم الفن الدولي.

 

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Creative thinkers to tackle climate crisis at 21,39 Jeddah Arts event

January 18, 2020 - Arab News report

JEDDAH: More than 60 artists, architects, designers and thinkers will gather in Saudi Arabia this month for the seventh edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts.

This year, the Saudi Art Council event has been given the title “I Love You, Urgently,” as a call to action in response to the global environmental emergency. With Saudi society undergoing a rapid transformation, the council asked local and international figures from the worlds of art, architecture and design to seek tangible solutions to the crisis and come up with alternative and symbiotic ways of living on our planet.

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The third Ithra Art Prize is now open for submissions

July 10, 2019 - Rupert Hawksley

Previous winners of the Ithra Art Prize are Ayman Zedani and Dania Al Saleh. Zedani won in 2018 for his large-scale, concrete construction, Meem, while this year, the jury chose Alsaleh, who produced a digital, audio-visual presentation, consisting of 28 screens, based on the phonemes of the Arabic language.

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Dania Al-Saleh and Lulwah Al-Homoud represent Saudi Arabia at exhibition in Russia

June 7, 2019 - ARAB NEWS

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian artists Dania Al-Saleh and Lulwah Al-Homoud are representing the Kingdom at the Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialogue Art Exhibition, which began Thursday at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and ends July 7.

The exhibition explores the role of AI in contemporary art and features work that combines art and technology.

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London-based Saudi artist named winner of Ithra Art Prize

January 30, 2019 - Saudi Gazette report

The Ithra Art Prize was launched in 2017 by Ithra in partnership with Art Dubai. The aim of the prize is to support and promote emerging Saudi contemporary artists on a truly global platform.

All Saudi and Saudi-based artists and collectives were invited to submit proposals via an annual open call, with the prize winner receiving up to $100,000 to realize their new artwork, which will be first shown at Art Dubai before moving to Ithra as part of the Center’s permanent collection. The inaugural winner, Sharjah-based conceptual artist Ayman Zedani’s commission, Meem, was exhibited at Art Dubai last year.

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How Saudi artists are capturing the spirit of a kingdom in the process of radical reform

March 10, 2018 - David Lister

Dania Al Saleh focuses her work on the use of geometry as a communicative tool, using patterns and colours with mathematic precision and using watercolours to endow them with a translucent splendour.

Dana Awartani’s videos have titles straight out of the collected works of Tracey Emin. “I went away and forgot you. A while ago I remembered. I remembered I’d forgotten you. I was dreaming, 2017” is one such. She too takes Islamic geometry as a starting point, but meshes it with performance, making disturbing connections between the sacred and the contemporary.

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Better Than Ever: Art Dubai 2015

March 28, 2015 - By Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

Consider Dania Al Saleh’s gorgeous pair of illustrations at Athr Gallery, Window with a View, 2015, which explore social class divisions; Akram Zaatari’s 2007 photograph Reconstructing the Arab Highway, in which workers are photographed from behind, the word “MAN” somewhat sadly printed on the backs of their uniforms at Sfeir-Semler; and Mahmoud Khaled’s cheeky print-outs of Grindr chats, Do you have work tomorrow? at Cairo’s Gypsum Gallery, which consider how even “soft” spaces are politicised.