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Misk Art Grant 2020 Exhibition

When the pandemic hit the world, it forced us to take a breath and reflect on the fast-paced life we live in. The new norm has a unique impact on each one of us, especially artists. Artists are trying to maintain a creative mindset even if they have no access to their studios and tools. While artists Dwell, they have the chance to self-reflect, generate, and gather ideas, experiment, innovate, and create.

Convinced of the fundamental role artists play in capturing extraordinary events in a distinct and valuable creative artwork, Misk Art Institute takes the concept of Dwell as the theme of the first Misk Art Grant for 2020. The participants can unleash their imagination unrestricted on tools and subjects to present a creative artistic statement that tells the story of this stage of our lives. These artworks will be available to be displayed on various platforms, both locally and internationally by the Institute.


3rd Dec 2020 - 28th Feb 2021

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2020 Grant Artists

Muhannad Shono
Muhannad Shono

Muhannad Shono’s artwork deals with the singular, the minute and the individual unit of thought and how it then coagulates into systems of belief, tribalistic action and the formation of human factions. He produces his work in a range of media from ink on paper to large-scale experiential and technological installations. Shono graduated with a degree in Architecture at the College of Environmental Design in Al Khobar and began working in a small independent publishing house where he published one of Saudi Arabia’s earliest graphic novels. In 2004 he also worked in advertising as an Art Director in Dubai then Sydney, all while continuing to write, illustrate and self-publish comic books. In 2015, Shono moved back to Riyadh, where his studio is now based.

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Alaa AlGhufaili

An architect, industrial designer, and artist, Alghufaili developed an interest in interior design inspired by the integration of Islamic patterns with modern architecture. Fascinated by the complexity and accessibility resulting from such an amalgamation, he designs a variety of objects including glassware, furniture, lighting and bags. In 2013, he established, A_ghuph Studios, and has shown his work at Dubai Design Week (2015) and Saudi Design Week (2015-2016).

Alghufaili received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from King Saud University in 2004, and his masters’ degree in industrial design from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, USA in 2010. He has also lectured on architecture at King Saud University in Riyadh. Over the years, Alghufaili has worked on many architectural, furniture, and interior design projects in collaboration with Altafarod Alarabi, Hife Construction Company, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Ministry of Interior, Four Seasons Hotel and Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University College of Computer Science.

Saad Howede
Saad AlHowede

AlHowede began practicing as a caricature artist in 1990 at the Aljazeera Newspaper and from 1994 – 2013 at the Al-Riyadh Newspaper during which time he focused on reflection, memory, and recording history. Over the years, he began to experiment and research different and creative ways to document history, heritage and interpret memories through visual art and conceptual art installations.

Ayman Zedani
Ayman Zedani

Ayman Zedani’s practice manifests between objects and multi-layered installations and attempts to renegotiate the relationship between human and non-human, animal and plant, organic and inorganic, land and water. His conceptual works are built on a series of experiments and investigations that look towards new materialist philosophies exploring the agency of matter and consider multi-species collaboration as ways of surviving the challenges of the Anthropocene, deliberating upon human influence on the state, dynamic, and future of the Earth.

Hmoud Alattawi
Hmoud AlAttawi

An artist and art education teacher, AlAttawi uses a range of media in his practice – from mixed media drawings and paintings to new media such as video and structural installations. Through his art, he seeks to highlight the importance of the environment and the documentation of historical events.

Selection Committee / Misk Art Grant 2020

Reem Fadda
Reem Fadda

Reem Fadda is an independent curator and art historian, a member of the International Academy of Arts in Palestine and a member of the jury of the Arab Youth Theater Fund. Reem has 6 years of experience as an associate curator for middle eastern art at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York. Her role at the Guggenheim project helped shape its curatorial vision and West Asian and North African art collection.

Furthermore, from 2005 to 2007, Fadda was the director of PACA in Ramallah (the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art). Fadda has curated several international exhibitions and biennials on the art, architecture and geopolitics of the Middle East, including the United Arab Emirates National Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013), Birzeit (2017); Not New Now, 6th Marrakech Biennale, (2016), and Jerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds) the inaugural exhibition at The Palestinian Museum.

Laila Al Faddagh
Laila Al-Faddagh

Laila AlFaddagh holds a bachelor’s degree in Art and a Master’s in Science in the field of international studies with a focus on education and societal human development. Her career began in Saudi Aramco as a supervisor of contemporary art by developing exhibitions and building art collections for the museum, and this led her to her current position as head of museums at Ithra Centre (King Abdulaziz centre for World Culture), which includes four exhibitions, the Children's Museum, and the Energy Gallery in addition to temporary exhibitions. Her experience in Saudi Aramco’s Ithra Centre, Laila got the opportunity to work with the Los Angeles Museum of Art in the Department of Middle Eastern Art, in addition to her representation of the Kingdom and Saudi Aramco as a key member of the first Saudi pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, and she is also an active participant in the American Museum Association and Dubai Art.

Mohammed Al Shammarey
Mohammed Al-Shammarey

Al-Shammarey is an Iraqi born self-taught multidisciplinary artist that works with painting, photography, silk-screen printing, sculpture and book art. The artist’s captivating symbolic work is often inspired by literature and poetry, particularly the writing of Rumi, Mahmoud Darwish and the Epic of Gilgamesh. Mohammed has participated in many group exhibitions such as the British Museum’s 2006 Word into Art: Artists from the Modern Middle East exhibition, University of North Texas’s Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art traveling exhibition (2005-2008), Modernism and Iraq exhibition at the Wallach Art Gallery as a part of Columbia University (2009), Iraqi Artists in Exile exhibition at the Station Museum of contemporary art in Houston, Texas (2014), Gallery R exhibition in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2016) and most recently Del Sur Bianialle in Venezuela and the Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World exhibition at the American University Museum in Washington, DC (2018). In addition to many dedicated solo exhibitions held in Baghdad, Amman, Kuwait, and Houston, Texas.

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