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Mohammad Alfaraj

Photographer, video artist

Mohammad Alfaraj’s (b. 1993 in Al Hassa, KSA, where he lives and works), practice centers around his exploration of the relationship between forms and concepts, is visible through superimposed stories in his photographic collages, regrouping and contrasting fiction and non-fiction subjects. Alfaraj’s work also often uses natural materials found in his hometown and combines them with children games and stories from people working the land, as an attempt to create states of co-existence between man and nature with an undertone of hope. A socio-environment activist at heart, his short documentary Lost, 2015 (which was awarded first place in the student category at the Saudi Film Festival), captures the latent state of the notion of temporality for the stateless Arabs living as refugees in their place of birth, and the dehumanizing effect this plays. This “un-homely” context portrays the poisonous beauty of nature when lived as a nemesis under political paralysis.

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Mohammad Alfaraj’s (b. 1993 in Al Hassa, KSA, where he lives and works), practice centers around his exploration of the relationship between forms and concepts, is visible through superimposed stories in his photographic collages, regrouping and contrasting fiction and non-fiction subjects. Alfaraj’s work also often uses natural materials found in his hometown and combines them with children games and stories from people working the land, as an attempt to create states of co-existence between man and nature with an undertone of hope. A socio-environment activist at heart, his short documentary Lost, 2015 (which was awarded first place in the student category at the Saudi Film Festival), captures the latent state of the notion of temporality for the stateless Arabs living as refugees in their place of birth, and the dehumanizing effect this plays. This “un-homely” context portrays the poisonous beauty of nature when lived as a nemesis under political paralysis.

Alfaraj graduated with a BA in mechanical engineering from KFUPM in 2017. His recent solo show; Still Life and Plastic Dreams, Athr Gallery, Jeddah KSA (2020), and group shows include I Love You Urgently, 21,39 SAC, Jeddah, KSA (2020), Durational Portrait; A brief overview of video art in Saudi Arabia, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, KSA (2020), Sharjah Islamic Festival, Sharjah, UAE (2019). His work has also been shown at the Sharjah Art Foundation; Le Murate Pac, Florence (2019); Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2018); 21,39 Jeddah Arts (2017, 2019); Saudi Film Festival, Dammam (2015) and Dubai International Film Festival (2014). Alfaraj worked as a programmer in both the Saudi Film Festival and the poetry house festival in Dammam.

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The glass between us

Top exhibition of Middle East Now Festival 2019

Mohammad Alfaraj’s first solo exhibition, The Glass Between Us, is an experimentation on sound and image, viewing life through the lens of a child. His new body of work searches for the surprising and the unexpected in daily life, creating a huge mosaic formed by humans and their peers. Presenting works prepared in advance by the artist in Saudi Arabia, alongside new work made with children in Florence during a series of workshops, the exhibition presents a sensory and visual experience that may be simple in form, but depends on a fundamental and important subject around which it tried to create a dialogue.

Middle East Now, MAD Murate Art District and Crossway Foundation Residency in collaboration with PIA Palazzina Indiano Arte della Compagnia Virgilio Sieni.

Mohammad Alfaraj’s first solo exhibition, The Glass Between Us, is an experimentation on sound and image, viewing life through the lens of a child. His new body of work searches for the surprising and the unexpected in daily life, creating a huge mosaic formed by humans and their peers. Presenting works prepared in advance by the artist in Saudi Arabia, alongside new work made with children in Florence during a series of workshops, the exhibition presents a sensory and visual experience that may be simple in form, but depends on a fundamental and important subject around which it tried to create a dialogue.

Middle East Now, MAD Murate Art District and Crossway Foundation Residency in collaboration with PIA Palazzina Indiano Arte della Compagnia Virgilio Sieni.

The glass between us

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The glass between us

Mostra di punta del Middle East Film Festival 2019

The glass between us

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