Manal AlDowayan is a multi-media artist from Saudi Arabia. Long invested in interrogating the gender-biased customs that impact the condition of women, AlDowayan is a sensitive yet a critical witness to the cultural metamorphosis engulfing the Kingdom. Her practice, formally speaking, regularly shifts and evolves—from her assertive black and white photographs to her research-driven projects. She is equally recognized for her work in sound, video, neon, and sculpture. Her artworks are in public collections in Museums around the world, including L.A County Museum, the British Museum, and Ithra Cultural Center. AlDowayan is based between London, Dubai and her home-town in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Manal AlDowayan was part of Abu Dhabi Art 2017 Beyond: Artist Commission
Embracing diverse media, Manal AlDowayan's work encompasses black and white photography, sculpture, video, sound, neon and large-scale participatory installations. Her artistic practice revolves around themes of active forgetting, archives, and collective memory, with a large focus on the state of Saudi women and their representation. She has documented social groups like the oil men and women of Saudi Arabia in her project, ‘If I Forget You Don't Forget Me’. She has addressed the impact of mass media on propagating intentional erasing of identities in her project ‘Crash’, highlighting the unnamed Saudi teachers dying in car crashes across Saudi Arabia. Her participatory projects have attracted hundreds of women to use art as a new platform to address social injustice as seen in works including ‘Tree of Guardians’, ‘Esmi-My Name’, and ‘Suspended Together’. In 2014 she was a recipient of a research Fellowship from NYU AD and she was invited in early 2015 to the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Aldowayan has shown her work in Prospect 3 New Orleans - The American Biennale (2014/15), in collateral shows at the Venice Biennale (2009/11), and at Museums around the world inclduing Gwangju Museum in South Korea, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, The Victoria and Albert Museum in UK, and Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art in Qatar. Her works are part of public collections at the British Museum, LA County Museum, Louisiana Museum, and Mathaf.
Manal AlDowayan is represented by Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai and Sabrina Amrani, Madri