Athr Gallery showcases the limitless imagination of Ayman Yossri Daydban

March 5, 2016 - Nisma Rafiq for Saudi Gazette

The Mexican painter Farida Kahlo once said: “I never paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” Jeddah Art Week and Athr Gallery is presenting Ayman Yossri Daydban’s solo exhibition, Give Me Light, that has spell-bound viewers with art that is real, yet abstract, with a few words and a thousand pictures.

Athr presents GIve Me The Light, a solo exhibition by Ayman Yossri Daydban showcasing new and old works spanning over 30 years of the artist’s practice.

Along with earlier works that have never been exhibited before at the gallery, Ayman will also present White Noise, a live performance and the first of a new body of work titled, The State. White Noise is a sensory experience inviting the audience to walk on salt while moving through a space. The performance builds on the underlying concept running throughout the exhibition: an invitation by Ayman to discover a “state” whilst exploring the work exhibited in each space.

At the root of Ayman’s artistic endeavors is his search for a contemporary understanding of identity and belonging, redefining its conventional, social, cultural, geographic and political implications into an understanding of a relationship between man and his surrounding spaces. Ayman’s ability to transform and export an object from its intended function, enables him to study how familiar cultural visual stimuli – from movies, tissues boxes, to posters and Ihrams -- can be re-imagined to highlight underlying issues. He pulls apart and reconstructs the codes we use to define and categorize ourselves, questioning the concept of authoritative representation, and notions of ‘truth’. Give Me The Light continues this search; reinterpreting his bodies of work to collectively shed light on how knowledge and identity are nurtured, presented, rejected or shared between an increasingly complex and constantly shifting global community.