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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Manal AlDowayan

b. 1973, Saudi Arabia

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

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.

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Featured Artworks

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Suspended palms V by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanSuspended palms V, 2019 Brass, twill, hemp thread and porcelain
220 x 14 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
I am an architect by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanI am an architect, 2007 Silver gelatin print
51 x 41 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Just Paper (Group I) by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanJust Paper (Group I), 2019 Silkscreen on porcelain and jute
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Just Paper (Group II) by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanJust Paper (Group II), 2019 Silkscreen on porcelain and jute
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Just Paper (Group III) by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanJust Paper (Group III), 2019 Silkscreen on porcelain and jute
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Suspended Palms II by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanSuspended Palms II, 2019 Brass, twill, hemp thread and porcelain
220 x 14 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Suspended Palms III by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanSuspended Palms III, 2019 Brass, twill, hemp thread and porcelain
220 x 14 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Suspended Palms IV by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanSuspended Palms IV, 2019 Brass, twill, hemp thread and porcelain
220 x 14 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Manal AlDowayan, What Is And What Has Been at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Closed
12 January–12 February 2019 Manal AlDowayan What Is And What Has Been Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madera, 23
Contemporary art exhibition, Manal AlDowayan, Watch Before You Fall at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Closed
12 January–30 March 2019 Manal AlDowayan Watch Before You Fall Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Sallaberry, 52
Contemporary art exhibition, Manal AlDowayan, And I, Will I Forget? at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Closed
11 January–26 February 2017 Manal AlDowayan And I, Will I Forget? Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madera, 23

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