Newly Commissioned Work by Shezad Dawood at Desert X AlUla 2022

Desert X AlUla has announced the artists who will show monumental-scale work when the exhibition returns to the ancient desert region, 1,100 km from Riyadh, from 11 February to 30 March.


Under the theme of Sarab, this year’s exhibition explores ideas of mirage and oasis, both intrinsic to desert history and culture, that have taken on complex worldwide significance over time. Invited to consider these ancient concepts, participating artists have responded with new works that address dreams, camouflage, fiction, dis/appearance, extraction, illusion and myth, while also examining the dichotomy between the natural and man-made worlds.


As part of the exhibition, Shezad Dawood’s work explores ideas of deep time and the geo-biological relationship between the desert floor and nearby Red Sea through a pair of coral-like forms whose temperature-sensitive surfaces reflect the effects of climate change and mankind’s continuing struggle to find a sustainable relationship with a rapidly changing ecosystem. 


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January 22, 2022
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