This bilingual publication features an interview with the artist by Saudi-based curators Aya Alireza and Raneem Farsi, looking at the themes within Malluh’s work and her use of found objects in relation to Saudi heritage and history.
Drawn largely from the Art Jameel Collection, Artist’s Rooms is a series of solo exhibitions by influential, innovative artists, with particular focus on practitioners from the Middle East, Asia and Africa. These capsule shows are collaborative and curated in dialogue with the artist.
About the Artist
Maha Malluh’s work is influenced by her spiritual connection to the historic region of Najd, Saudi Arabia, with its distinctive architecture, strong religious and cultural heritage and colourful patterned textiles. In recent years, Malluh has turned to mixed-media installations, using found objects that are understood as symbolic of a collective, communal identity.
About the Contributors
Aya Alireza and Raneem Farsi are the Co-Founders and Managing Partners of AR Art Advisory, recently co-curating Desert X AlUla with Desert X Artistic Director Neville Wakefield.
About Jameel Arts Centre
Jameel Arts Centre is an independent institution dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art to the public and engaging communities through learning, research and commissions. Founded and supported by Art Jameel, the Centre is located in Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
About Art Jameel
Art Jameel is an organisation that supports artists and creative communities. Current initiatives include running heritage institutes and restoration programmes, plus a broad range of arts and educational initiatives for all ages. The organisation’s programmes foster the role of the arts in building open, connected communities; at a time of flux and dramatic societal shifts, this role is understood as more crucial than ever.