Shaweesh profile

Shaweesh

Born 1990 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Abdullah Al-Jahdhami, known by his nickname "Shaweesh", is a mixed-media artist who articulates the cultural diffusions between Saudi Arabia and the global community throughout history, measuring this intercultural dialogue through both visual arts and digital design. With the onset of the Internet age, Shaweesh began using the web as a gateway into a new inspiration, as he incorporated Pop Art and Western-branded graphics into his creations.

In his latest series, he integrates iconic US cultural symbols ranging from Captain America to Darth Vader into important historical events in the Arab World. Growing up watching Western cartoons, he has incorporated this childlike humor into his work. In Riyadh, he bought old newspapers covering key events in global politics and Saudi foreign relations. Evolving into a satirical harmony by addressing Saudi historical narratives, he then digitally incorporates film and cartoon heroes whose personas range from leaders, mentors and organizers, as they correlate to these historical events.

Artworks

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The Last Jedi (San Francisco signing of the United Nations Charter, 1945), 2016 Silkscreen on Digital Pigment Print

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Captain America & the Refugees (Evacuation of Al Faluja, 1949), 2016 “Captain America, The US Government Urged to Take a Stance on Refugees” Silkscreen on Digital Pigment Print

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Vader and the Delegation (Versailles Peace Conference, 1919), 2016 Silkscreen on Digital Pigment Print

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Al-Baik (Iwo Jima), 2013 Hand Printed Photoetching

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