Monday, April 1, 2019

Saudi Artist Daniah al-Saleh’s Work ‘Sawtam’ Deconstructs Arabic Language

By N P. Krishna Kumar, Special to Al Arabiya English
Ithra Art Prize 2019 winner, Daniah al-Saleh, with her award-winning work ‘Sawtam’ behind her. (Art Dubai and Photo Solutions)
Unveiled at Art Dubai 2019 on Wednesday is the work of London-based Saudi Arabian artist Daniah al-Saleh, the winner of the second edition of the prestigious Ithra Art Prize. Her winning commission titled Sawtam (the Arabic translation of phoneme) is a large-scale multimedia artwork that explores the structure and complexities of language, deconstructing it to its smaller unit of sound, the phoneme. The Ithra Art Prize worth $100,000 is a collaboration between the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) and Art Dubai. It was launched in 2017 and is awarded to emerging Saudi and Saudi-based talent in contemporary art. Al Arabiya English caught up with Daniah al-Saleh on the eve of the opening of Art Dubai. [More]
OutCasts, Daniah Alsaleh, 2019, Ithra Prize winner
Sawtam, Ithra Art Prize 2019, Art Dubai 2019, Courtesy of Photo Solutions