The first National Pavilion of Saudi Arabia at the International Architecture Exhibition responded to the Biennale's overarching theme of Freespace with an exhibition entitled Spaces in Between. Architects Bricklab and curators Jawaher Al-Sudairy and Sumayah Al-Solaiman considered the urban and social implications of five decades of rapid, oil-fueled, car-oriented development in Saudi Arabia.
Lives and works in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Sumayah Al-Solaiman
Lives and works in Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Misk Art Institute is a new artist-centered cultural organisation operating under the auspices of the Misk Foundation, established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Led by Saudi artist, Ahmed Mater, the Institute was established in 2017 to encourage grassroots artistic production in Saudi Arabia, nurture the appreciation of Saudi and Arab art and enable international cultural diplomacy and exchange.
Over the past five decades, Saudi’s metropolitan centers have undergone rapid urbanization, propelled by rural migration that has extended built territories outwards. Settlement-driven growth has produced disjointed, mono-functional, car-dependent neighborhoods connected by highways. This translates to a state of fragmentation, with over 40% of land within cities vacant. The wide distances created between residential enclaves have thus eroded social ties and continue to deplete natural resources
Co-curator, Jawaher Al-Sudairy
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