Lina Gazzaz

Spiritual parallels connecting Saudi Arabia + Utah in Cities of Conviction at UMOCA, Aug 25 – Jan 6

24 August 2017

The Cities of Conviction group exhibition is on at Salt Lake City’s Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), opening August 25 and running to January 6, 2018.

Curated by Jared Steffensen, the show features work by Saudi contemporary artists, including Rashed Al Shashai, Telfaz11Abdullah Al-Othman, Abdulnasser Gharem, Ahmed Mater, Arwa AlneamiMusaed Al Hulis, Nasser Al Salem and more. It will explore the “parallels between spiritual and urban cultures in Saudi Arabia and Utah; and especially the symbolism of creativity that connects cities of pilgrimage in both places.”

Looking at common histories, community, conservation and faith among many other subjects, the artists — that also include Balqis AlRashed, Nugamshi, Dana Awartani, Ghada Al Rabea, Khalid Bin Afif, Khalid Zahid, Lina Gazzaz, Masameer, Moath Alofi,  Nouf Alhimiary, Qamar Abdulmalik, and Yusef Alahmad — will respond to what Steffensen describes as a ‘timely’ topic.

Visit the UMOCA website for details.**

Qamar Abdulmalik, ‘Asylum of Dreams’ (2017) Courtesy the artist
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