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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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Laughter by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanLaughter, 2013Archival photo paper mounted on dibond with plexiglass lettering
1255 x 107 x 2 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Happiness by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanHappiness, 2013Archival photo paper mounted on dibond with plexiglass lettering
77 x 130 x 2 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Suspended together I by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanSuspended together I, 2020Porcelain
21 x 150 x 140 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Nassir by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanNassir, 2012Silver gelatin print
42 x 53 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Mohammed and Oil by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanMohammed and Oil, 2012Silver gelatin print
42 x 53 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
I Am a Doctor by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanI Am a Doctor, 2005Silver gelatin print
103 x 103 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Ephemeral Witness by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanEphemeral Witness, 2020Natural Silk, digital print, acrylic paint, natural hemp.
220 x 180 x 100 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Suspended together (Standing Dove) by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanSuspended together (Standing Dove), 2008Printed porcelain
20 x 18 x 32 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery

Manal AlDowayan Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Bum bum ba ye [Under pressure] at Sabrina Amrani, Sallaberry, 52, Madrid
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17 April–29 May 2021 Group exhibition Bum bum ba ye [Under pressure] Sabrina AmraniSallaberry, 52, Madrid
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Ver versus ver at Sabrina Amrani, Sallaberry, 52, Madrid
Closed
4 July–8 August 2020 Group Exhibition Ver versus ver Sabrina AmraniSallaberry, 52, Madrid
Contemporary art exhibition, Manal AlDowayan, What Is And What Has Been at Sabrina Amrani, Madera, 23, Madrid
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12 January–12 February 2019 Manal AlDowayan What Is And What Has Been Sabrina AmraniMadera, 23, Madrid

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