TALK: Ithra Art Prize 2019, Daniah Al Saleh


Doubt, Daniah Alsaleh, 2019, Ithra Prize winner

The talk will discuss the Ithra Art Prize and its aim to fund, promote and offer Saudi artists a global platform, and will feature a conversation with the 2019 winning artist Daniah Al Saleh moderated by Arts Writer and Curator Laura Egerton. The talk will be followed by a cocktail reception.

Daniah’s winning project for Ithra is Sawtam – a digital, audio-visual presentation based on the phonemes of the Arabic language, the effect of which is rather like a digital wind chime. Sawtam is the Arabic translation of the English word, phoneme. The work consists of 28 screens, arranged in a 4×7 grid. Each screen is dedicated to a separate sound or phoneme, representing a letter of the Arabic alphabet and the installation is programmed to play the sounds at random, meaning that when a viewer stands in front of the work, they are enveloped within a wall of sound that is meaningless but comprised of the parts of verbal language that are used every day.

Launched in 2017 by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in collaboration with Art Dubai, the Prize is awarded to emerging Saudi and Saudi-based talent in contemporary art.

Time: 2-3:30pm

Location: Julius Baer Lounge, Art Dubai