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AlUla Art Residency closes with artists premiering works inspired by the historic oasis
Centred on the theme 'The Oasis Reborn', the artworks have been inspired by collaborations with technical and scientific experts and the local community, including artisans and cultural practitioners – giving artists dynamic insights into one of AlUla's most prominent and storied landscapes.
AlUla Art Residency closes with artists premiering works inspired by the historic oasis

These perspectives have been regularly shared with the public throughout the residency, including 14 workshops & talks, 7 artists public programmes, 12+ site visits and 20+ expert interactions in 11-weeks.

During the three days celebrating the closing of the AlUla Art Residency, a dynamic public programming featured the six prominent artists' work, through their creation and research, to the AlUla residents and community of experts, giving a fresh look on how to give a new lease of life to the oasis and to make sure it is connected to its fabled history and future legacy.

The final artworks of the engaged artists will be exhibited to the public during the AlUla Arts festival from February 13 to February 26, 2022.

They are:

Recalling a past that now seems far away, Rashed AlShashai's Thuraya reflects on links between our present — one that is supposedly witnessing unprecedented scientific progress — and the ancient worlds. Through a conceptual approach, the large-scale site specific installation combines the history and the nomenclature of things and the environmental materials of the oasis that dwellers have used to make furniture pieces for daily life.

The Oasis is a Wadi Raised to the Sky developed by Sara Favriau in AlUla takes three forms, three distinct steps corresponding to three related moments: small sculptures "Les Petits Riens" ("Trifles and Trinkets"), a filmed performance "Un jour sans fin" ("A Never-Ending Day") and an installation "Ruban de Möbius" ("Möbius Strip"). These three forms question the notion of garden of the desert, and particularly of the oasis - our planet is a vast garden, after all, and the realms of the human and the animal are one.

Through a process of locating, sharing and collecting narrative, Talin Hazbar's Earth Readings explores various relationships between the past and the present, the imperceptible and the material and focuses on map-making and mark-making narratives to embody the materiality and meaning of the land.

Exploring individual, collective and scientific memories, Laura Sellies' Peuplé de feuilles qui bougent ("Populated by Moving Leaves") is an installation combining sculptures, sounds and texts. Invoking a palace of memories, these metal structures invite visitors to listen to the voices of the oasis: real or fictional, performed or recorded, voices of women and men, birds, camels, winds, water, rocks, and sand.

As a ritualistic catafalque, Muhannad Shono's On this Sacred Day represents the cycle of death and renewal unfolding among the living oasis. From the smoke that rises are stories of comings and goings, loss, and remembrance.

Analysing the oasis as a motherly environment nurturing human presence through time, Sofiane Si Merabet's It's Not Early Anymore establishes a parallel on the recent development of the oasis of AlUla and the excitement around wedding celebrations. Both being rhythmed by seasons and affected by human actions, the idea of celebrations and the lifecycle of the palm tree as observed in the oasis are explored in this multimedia installation.

Image Credit: © RCU

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