Saudi Arabia Announces Venice Biennale Pavilion
March 17, 2022 - Art Asia Pacific By HG Masters
Trained in architecture, Shono has garnered attention in recent years for his large-scale installations that tackle philosophical subjects with references to Saudi Arabia’s political history and culture. At the open studios of the AlUla Art Residency program in 2022, for instance, his installation in a palm grove On This Sacred Day (2022) comprises a black structure resembling a catafalque in which palm materials were burned, referencing agricultural practices and suggesting a process of mourning for the natural environment. Several of his recently large-scale projects have incorporated long strands of PVC pipe including Streams, dreams and flow states (2019), which the artist described as “a sculptural freehand sketch of a post-oil future” and was installed in the Khuzam Palace in Jeddah, where Saudi Arabia and the United States signed the first oil exploration agreement in 1933.
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