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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 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.

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