b. 1973, Saudi Arabia

Manal AlDowayan Biography

Manal AlDowayan is a Saudi artist, living and working in Dubai, UAE and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1973.

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Embracing diverse media, Manal AlDowayan's work encompasses black and white photography, sculpture, video, sound, neon and large-scale participatory installations. Her artistic practice revolves around themes of active forgetting, archives, and collective memory, with a large focus on the state of Saudi women and their representation.

She has documented social groups like the oil men and women of Saudi Arabia in her project, If I Forget You Don't Forget Me, and has addressed the impact of mass media on propagating intentional erasing of identities in her project Crash, highlighting the unnamed Saudi teachers dying in car crashes across Saudi Arabia. Her participatory projects have attracted hundreds of women to use art as a new platform to address social injustice like Tree of Guardians, Esmi-My Name, and Suspended Together.

In 2014 she was a recipient of a research Fellowship from NYU AD and was invited in early 2015 to the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Manal has shown her work in Prospect 3 New Orleans - The American Biennale (2014/15), in collateral shows at the Venice Biennale (2009/11), and at Museums around the world like Gawngju Museum in South Korea, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, The Victoria and Albert Museum in UK, and Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art in Qatar. Her art works are part of public collection at the British Museum, LA County Museum, Louisiana Museum, and Mathaf.

Manal AlDowayan Featured Artworks

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Solitary Car III by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Manal AlDowayan Solitary Car III, 2016 Silkscreen ink on paper
51 x 75 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Laughter by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork photography
Manal AlDowayan Laughter, 2013 Archival photo paper mounted on dibond with plexiglass lettering
1255 x 107 x 2 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Happiness by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Manal AlDowayan Happiness, 2013 Archival photo paper mounted on dibond with plexiglass lettering
77 x 130 x 2 cm
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Sabrina Amrani
Suspended together I by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork sculpture
Manal AlDowayan Suspended together I, 2020 Porcelain
21 x 150 x 140 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
I Am a Doctor by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork photography
Manal AlDowayan I Am a Doctor, 2005 Silver gelatin print
103 x 103 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Ephemeral Witness by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Manal AlDowayan Ephemeral Witness, 2020 Natural Silk, digital print, acrylic paint, natural hemp.
220 x 180 x 100 cm
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Sabrina Amrani
Suspended together (Standing Dove) by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork sculpture
Manal AlDowayan Suspended together (Standing Dove), 2008 Printed porcelain
20 x 18 x 32 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Totem 6 (Curtains) by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork sculpture
Manal AlDowayan Totem 6 (Curtains), 2019 Natural linen, ink, foam
54 x 60 x 60 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery

Manal AlDowayan Recent Exhibitions

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