Watch before you fall by Manal AlDowayan

Sabrina Amrani (Sallaberry)
Madrid, Spain
12 January – 30 March 2019

Sabrina Amrani inaugurates a second 600 sqm. space in Madrid with Watch before you fall, the highly anticipated solo exhibition by Manal AlDowayan.

The space in which the gallery has been working since its opening in 2011 in Calle Madera, will host the exhibition What Is And What Has Been, which covers more than a decade of work by Manal AlDowayan.

In Watch Before You Fall, AlDowayan widens her scope and looks at symbolism found in books written about women’s bodies. Using soft sculpture, ceramics, and fabric, AlDowayan describes this exhibition as “a space that stands between fear and activism, the artworks are symbols of the resilience and fragility of both the context and the artist.”

In this exhibition, AlDowayan attempts to fragment these symbols and reconstruct them to create a new form, a room full of ‘healing totems’ that alters perceptions and corrects memory. “My totems will be permanent memorials to stand against the attempt to reduce the complex into simple symbols”, says the artist. The artworks developed for this collection are meant to initiate an internal and external dialogue about symbolism and feminism in the context of religion, politics, and media.

The contextual exhibition What Is and What Has Been, narrates the context of the show Watch before you fall and illustrates the evolution in the artist’s practice in her themes and mediums. Read more about What Is And What Has Been.

Manal AlDowayan is a prolific artist that works in multiple mediums and large-scale installations. She is known for her works that address invisibility and the status of women in Saudi Arabia. Embracing diverse media, Manal AlDowayan’s work encompasses black and white photography, sculpture, video, sound, neon and large-scale participatory installations. Her artistic practice revolves around themes of active forgetting, archives, and collective memory, with a large focus on the state of Saudi women and their representation.

Born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1973, AlDowayan has shown in museums around the world and is part of major international collections including The British Museum, Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art, to name a few. She holds two masters degrees, one in Systems Design and the second in Contemporary Art Practice in the Public Sphere.