Saudi Arabia 2024, 20 Apr 2024 — 24 Nov 2024
National Participations

Saudi Arabia 2024

"Shifting Sands: A Battle Song," Manal AlDowayan for The National Pavilion of Saudi Arabia, commissioned by the Visual Arts Commission

Arsenale, Arsenale, Castello, 30122, Venice, Italy

Title: Shifting Sands: A Battle Song
Commissioner: Visual Arts Commission
Curators: Jessica Cerasi, Maya El Khalil
Assistant Curator: Shadin AlBulaihed
Artist: Manal AlDowayan

An installation inspired by the evolving role of women in Saudi Arabia’s public sphere and their ongoing journey to assert their place and to reshape the narratives that have historically defined them. It is a symbolic action that articulates and examines what it means to be a Saudi woman today.

AlDowayan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most significant contemporary artists working internationally. Her work, which spans various mediums including photography, sound, sculpture, and participatory practice, interrogates traditions, collective memories and the status and representation of women.

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Apr 20 – Sept 25 Tue – Sun, 11am – 7pm
Sept 27 – Nov 24 Tue – Sun, 10am – 6pm

Arsenale, Arsenale, Castello, 30122, Venice, Italy
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