AlUla Art Residency

AlUla Art Residency

November 2021 to January 2022 - Rebirth of the Oasis

Launched on November 1st 2021, the first art Residency pilot program ever established in AlUla, will further nurture creativity and cultural production in the ever-evolving cultural ecosystem of AlUla.  The 11-week pilot program fosters dialogue, exchange and collaboration between the artists in residence and the community of experts working on the ground in AlUla, as well as local practitioners and other members of the local community.
 
Shortlisted amongst more than fifty profiles, an exciting lineup of six artists will work on the ground, around the theme “rebirth of the oasis”. Through their creative outlooks, artists will question the development of the oasis over time while (re)defining, in the specific context of a regeneration program, what the oasis, as an object of knowledge, of creation and of preservation can teach us.
 
In addition to providing access to curatorial and artistic support in addition to production facilities the artists, the art residency pilot program is organizing a dynamic public program on a weekly basis, which includes open studios, workshops, and meetings between the public and the artists about their work in progress at different stages of the residency.
 
Lasting until January 14th, 2022, this pilot edition is an experimental project and the very first step towards building a larger program that regularly welcomes artists in residence in AlUla. In the long run, a thriving ecosystem for artists from all around the world will be embedded in AlUla.

Meet The Artists

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Rashed AlShashai

Rashed AlShashai holds a master’s degree in visual arts. As a conceptual artist and arts educator, Rashed has been influential to a new generation of Saudi talent while also nurturing local artistic practices as a founding member of the Saudi Arabia Fine Arts society and the Art Education Society.

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Rashed AlShashai

In 2009, he established the Tasami Centre for Visual Arts, an independent space that supports cutting-edge art in the Kingdom, and was the organisation’s director until 2014.

Artist

Rashed AlShashai

In his work, Rashed utilises found objects and appropriated imagery as conceptual means of identifying the signs of the everyday, creating what he describes as a “semantic field” through which philosophical questions, primarily the purpose of human existence and the functions of society, can be explored.

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Sara Favriau

Sara Favriau works with sculpture, installation, and performance. She summons forms, symbols, and popular processes to better shift their meanings. Huts, canoes, bows, trees, or voguing all comprise her formal and conceptual lexicon.

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Sara Favriau

Their poetic enacting in Sara Favriau’s work is a theatrical meeting between past, present, and future. How can the two distinct temporalities — of the past and its heritage on the one hand and progress and its discoveries on the other — be brought together?

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Sara Favriau

This question of blending is at the heart of Sara Favriau’s process: she melds fiction and essay into a very simple, metamorphic form, that is both humorous and poetic.

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Talin Hazbar

Talin Hazbar was born in Syria and raised in the United Arab Emirates. Her practice is at the intersection of architecture and art. Landscapes and natural formations influenced her understanding of matter as volatile and mobile, continuously moving and adapting.

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Talin Hazbar

Talin’s interest in nature and the ephemeral structures stems from nature’s ability to operate and behave both at a microscopic and a grand level simultaneously. Her practice framework is focused on redefining the idea of molds and exploring the space between material contingency and malleable molds, to achieve articulated coherent and responsive structures.

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Talin Hazbar

Talin’s work and processes aim to showcase the overlapping boundaries in nature, history, and ecology.

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Laura Sellies

Laura Sellies is a graduate of the Beaux-Arts de Lyon and has a master's degree in creative writing from Université Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint-Denis.

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Laura Sellies

She has developed a work and a research practice in which installation, film, performance, literature, and music share a space that can only be defined by the viewer’s attention. For her, art is a collaborative and collective process.

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Laura Sellies

She creates links between sculptures, people, images, and sounds to establish a durable and relatively autonomous commonality, then observes potential developments. They become elements of a silent language that embodies forgotten histories and future myths.

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Sofiane Si Merabet

A French-Algerian artist and cultural entrepreneur living and working in Dubai. A travel-obsessed polyglot, Sofiane has always been involved in projects reflecting on plural identities.

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Sofiane Si Merabet

On his digital platform, The Confused Arab, he explores the concept of what he calls the "future of nostalgia." In parallel to his ongoing research around memories, identities, and diaspora, he also investigates these themes through interactive installations.

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Sofiane Si Merabet

In most of his work, Sofiane interrogates emblematic spaces and their role(s) in human interactions.

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Muhannad Shono

A visual artist who feels no limitation to medium or scale. His multidisciplinary practice is catalyzed and structured by story.

Artist

Muhannad Shono

Muhannad’s work harnesses the power of narrative by creating and contesting personal, collective and historical truths. Impacted by childhood memories, the aim and expression of his work is rooted in exploring both the existent and non-existent boundaries which have characterized his life.

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Muhannad Shono

Taking a singular approach, his work amplifies the moment where impact, transmission, and change occur. This results in the creation of relics and symbols which belong to a world all his own and are defined by a constant need and curiosity to challenge the imagination. Muhannad developed his own visual vocabulary, from intimate drawings, large scale sculptural works, robotic and technological pieces, all of which illuminate a journey he would like to take us on.

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The World's Largest Living Museum Heritage

Take a journey to both the ancient and recent past. Uncover preserved tombs, sandstone outcrops, historic dwellings and monuments, both natural and man-made, that hold 200,000 years of largely unexplored human history.

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A DESERT OASIS BECKONS NATURAL WONDERS Nature & Outdoors

There’s a sense of openness, vastness and quiet that invites visitors to wander in AlUla – among dramatic rock formations, sand-swept dunes, lush valleys and ancient basalt lava flows.

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Thrilling experiences and outdoor excursions Adventure

By day, tour heritage sites, enjoy mountain hikes and experience thrills on zipline tours and cross through the dune on a leisurely bike ride. By night, relax with stargazing and other activities.

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A Land of Wondrous Inspiration Arts & Culture

From contemporary artists creating pieces made for the stunning desert backdrop to local artisans continuing the tradition of ancient handicrafts, the spirit of creativity and ingenuity can be discovered in every corner of AlUla.

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