Feeling the Stones: The First Diriyah Biennale
Han Mengyun, The Pavilion of Three Mirrors (2021). Oil on canvas, 3 polished-steel pavilions, 17 × 11 m; steel pavilions
Marwah AlMugait, This Sea Is Mine (2021). Live performance, 3-channel video installation, 13'42"
Abdullah Al Othman, Manifesto: The Language & City (2021). Neon, LED, found wooden signage, 8 × 5 m. Commissioned by Diriyah Biennale Foundation
Ahmed Mater, Desert Meeting (2021). Video installation, motion photographs on five cathode-ray tube televisions, 130 × 60 × 43 cm. Courtesy the artist and Lakum Gallery
Bricklab and Mammafotogramma, Through the Looking Glass (2021). Murano glass and steel, dimensions variable
Dana Awartani, Standing on the Ruins of Aleppo (2021). Clay earth, 23.7 × 13.5 m
Huang Rui, installation view from Diriyah Biennale. Left to right: Seamstresses in a Street Production Unit (1980), Wall of Poets (1981), Cyclist (1982), Looking into the Distance (1981).
John Gerrard, Leaf Work (Derrigimlagh) (2021). Simulation, LED wall, polished-mirror pavilion, 400 × 400 cm. Courtesy the artist and PACE Gallery
Larry Bell, Iceberg (2020). French blue, capri blue, periwinkle, and turquoise laminated glass, 244 × 432 × 497 cm. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Lawrence Lek, Nøtel (Red Sea Edition), (2021). Open-world video game, gaming PCs, controllers, monitors, video loops, sound by Kode9. 6.4 × 6.4 × 2 m. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London
Lulwah Al-Homoud, The Language of Existence (2021). Etchings on plexiglass with encapsulated blue LED strips, 99 pieces, 30 × 40 cm each
Sarah Brahim, Soft Machines, Far Away Engines (2021). Projection-mapped video performance, dimensions variable
Simon Denny, Real Mass Entrepreneurship (2017-2021). Installation, locally sourced commercial display elements, airbrush and acrylic on synthetic plaster and wood, plexiglas, fluorescent lamps, 4K video. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz
Tavares Strachan room at the Diriyah Biennale 2021-22, EIGHTEEN NINETY (2020).
Wang Luyan, sculptures from 2010-2019. Installation view from Diriyah Biennale 2021-22.
William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play the Dance (2015). 8-channel video installation with four megaphones, sound, 15'00"
Zou Zhao, Plain Sights (2021). Performance, translucent glass, hats, furniture, structure, curtain, dimensions variable. All images: courtesy Canvas and Diriyah Biennale Foundation © Diriyah Biennale Foundation and the artists
Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale
Curated by Philip Tinari
JAX District, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
11 December 2021 – 11 March 2022
Read Stephanie Bailey’s review of the Biennale here.