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

11 December 2021 – 11 March 2022
 At-Tuarif. © Diriyah Gate Development Authority

At-Tuarif. © Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Stephanie Bailey visits Saudi Arabia’s first contemporary art biennial – helmed by a curator borrowed from Beijing – as connections between the Chinese and Saudi scenes, and intriguing geopolitical questions, come into view.