Mohammed Al Faraj

Mohammad Alfaraj was born and raised in Al Hassa (b. 1993), a remote town in Saudi Arabia that has fed into his interest in nature and ecology and led him to a multidimensional practice, from video, photography, installations and writing, through which he presents a world on the verge of collapse. A socio-environment activist at heart, his short documentary Lost, 2015 (which was awarded first place in the student category at the Saudi Film Festival), captures the latent state of the notion of temporality for the stateless Arabs living as refugees in their place of birth, and the dehumanizing effect this plays. This “un-homely" context portrays the poisonous beauty of nature when lived as a nemesis under political paralysis.  

The core of his practice is his exploration of the relationship between forms and concepts, as a combination of a variety of elements, is visible through superimposed stories in his photographic collages, regrouping and contrasting fiction and non-fiction subjects. Alfaraj's work also often uses natural materials found in his hometown and combines them with children games and stories from people working the land, as an attempt to create states of co-existence between man and nature with an undertone of hope.

Alfaraj graduated with a BA in mechanical engineering from KFUPM in 2017. His recent solo show is; Still Life and Plastic Dreams, Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2020). His work has been shown at the Sharjah Art Foundation; Le murate Pac, Florence (2019); Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2018); 21,39 Jeddah Arts (2017, 2019); Saudi Film Festival, Dammam (2015) and Dubai International Film Festival (2014). Mohammed worked as a programmer in both the Saudi Film Festival and the poetry house festival in Dammam.