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‘More than Meets the Eye’ Exploring Identity, Poetry, and Homeland at AlUla's Maraya Concert Hall

AlUla’s Maraya concert hall hosts "More than Meets the Eye," showcasing Saudi private art collections, many displayed for the first time. The exhibit, spanning generations, delves into themes of identity, poetry, and homeland and will continue until April 24th.

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Shadia Alem 

‘Supreme Kaaba of God, No. 4’ (2012)
In this remarkable photo collage, the artist explores the evolving landscape of Makkah, symbolizing the clash between spirituality and modernity. The Holy Kaaba is central amidst the city's changing architecture, reflecting Alem's commentary on internal growth alongside physical transformation. Fadag places the piece in a section focused on personal development and renewal.

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Adel Al-Quraishi 

‘Ateeq, the Bedouin, Desert of Nafud’ (2015)
This captivating monochrome photograph captures an elderly Bedouin pouring coffee with the skill of a seasoned barista, emblematic of Al-Quraishi's portfolio. Renowned for documenting Saudi's people and landscapes, he's credited with shaping contemporary art through his meticulous preservation of heritage. The exhibition catalogue lauds his influence on Saudi art.

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Ali Alruzaiza 

‘Purity’ (2006)
Alruzaiza, a former interior design student who reportedly constructed his own home, integrates elaborate Saudi architectural elements into much of his artwork. This piece, crafted from sand and oil on canvas, features geometric and floral patterns, with Fadag noting its portrayal of true relationships and vital responsibilities of community members, which is a reflection of society at its core.

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Fahad Hajailan 

‘Untitled’ (2001)
In this previously unseen portrait, Hajailan portrays his wife in dark green and blue hues, a departure from his usual style. Fadag describes it as one of the artist’s "more sensual" works, highlighting the unconventional colors. The piece symbolizes the strength of femininity, with lapiz lazuli ultramarine blue representing power and connection to nature.

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Ahmed Mater

‘Cowboy Code’ (2012)
Mater's "Cowboy Code" is a highlight of the exhibition, comprising red plastic toy gun caps forming a declaration of principles. Fadag highlights its connection to Bedouin and tribal culture, exploring foreign influences in Saudi Arabia. The exhibition catalogue suggests it subtly critiques Western imperialism, a common theme in Mater's work.

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Abdulhalim Radwi

‘Untitled’ (1978)
The late artist, a key figure in modern Saudi art, studied in Rome in the 1960s, among the earliest Saudis to do so. Raised by a single mother after losing his father, Radwi's work, like this blue-toned Makkah painting, shows his strong bond with the city.

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Muhannad Shono

‘Letters in Light (Lines We Write)’ (2022)
Spirituality and light/shadow dynamics dominate this monochromatic piece by the Saudi artist, previously featured at the Venice Biennale. Shono's use of steel, thread, and light evokes introspection, urging viewers to seek insights within. Fadag underscores the exhibition's focus on spirituality as a rich vein for Saudi artists to explore personal inquiries and wisdom.

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