Spacetoons features eleven emerging artists from the Gulf who mediate sci-fi-futurist tropes, internet references, shifting landscapes and cross-regional experiences that signal the ‘accelerated future.’
Misk Art Institute has partnered with Athr Gallery to present Spacetoons, an exhibition curated by Zain Al Saie, a promising alumna from the Institute’s Curatorial Collective Course.
Spacetoons takes precedence from Spacetoon TV, a pan–Arab cartoon network that began broadcasting children's television programs at the turn of the millennium. The network’s official slogan “Shabab Al Mostaqbal '' is a nod to the agency of its target audience, the channel’s pedagogical value, and the generation that it shaped.
This exhibition focuses on the entertainment industry in the region as a medium to navigate utopias that encompass screens, our everyday lives, and national aspirations. In effect, these animate a playful discussion towards imaginative and realized utopias in Saudi, and the Arabian Gulf at large.
Curator: Zain Al Saie
Abdullah Al Thawab
Ahaad Al Amoudi
Moza Al Matrooshi
Meshal Al Jaser
Sarah Abu Abdullah
Lulwa Al Yahya