GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia, presented San Francisco’s first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This timely, cross-generational survey of 15 artists working at the center of the Islamic world, opened at Minnesota Street Project in the heart of the Dogpatch district in summer 2016.
GENERA#ION marked the third stop on a multi-city Saudi artist’s tour of the United States, supported by King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture. The tour, which launched earlier this summer at the Station Museum in Houston, Texas before traveling to Aspen-Colorado, aimed to generate people-to-people dialogue and better understanding between nations.
As the world’s media reports a resurgent tide of religious intolerance and conflict, a tight- knit group of Saudi artists, both men and women, acted upon a dream to discover the people and the diversity of America — from the East to West coast — trekking across the US interstate highway system and major cities on a mission to share not only their innate passion to create but also to learn from the local public’s reactions to their artworks.
See the full catalogue from the 'GENERA#IONS' exhibition at Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco
Ahaad Alamoudi grew up between England and Saudi Arabia. She graduated from Dar Al Hekma University in Jeddah with a BA in Visual Communication in 2014 and graduated with an MA in Print from the Royal College of Art in 2017. Traveling between the two kingdoms, Ahaad's work addresses history and representation. Through her work Ahaad is trying to push the boundaries of the historical representation of Saudi Arabia, by studying the country's reforming ethnography and showcasing it in the work she produces.View profile
In June 2016, a group of Saudi artists acted upon a dream to discover the people and diversity of America—from the East to West coast–trekking across the US interstate highway system and major cities on a mission to collaborate with the communities they encountered.
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