The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) and Afalula have announced the last artist residency of the 2022/2023 season. It takes place through June 14. RCU is a Saudi commission established in 2017 to preserve and develop the 2,000-year-old archaeological and historical site of AlUla in north-western Saudi Arabia.
Qamar Abdulmalik (b. 1993, Khobar), is a multi-talented artist of Palestinian descent based in Riyadh. She uses various art forms such as collage, video art and new media, to create her installations. Drawing from her personal experiences as a Palestinian refugee, she attempts to shed light on the struggles of Arab diasporas affected by global systems and the everyday life of undocumented immigrants.
She has exhibited at Art Jameel Photography award-AJPA (2016); Live demo (Jeddah, 2017), EpicenterX (2017, Detroit) and Firetti Contemporary (2022, Dubai), among other places.
The works produced during the current residency will be, as is the case, created in dialogue with AlUla’s natural and cultural landscape. The residency programme also sees the launch of the first three apartments of the new permanent artist residency accommodation in AlJadidah – the region’s design district. Launching the new permanent accommodation represents a significant statement of intent for the AlUla Artist Residency.
It encompasses a range of initiatives across archaeology, tourism, culture, education, and the arts, including economic diversification, local community empowerment and heritage preservation, which are the priorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 programme. Afalula was founded in Paris in 2018 following an intergovernmental agreement signed by France and Saudi Arabia that year.The agency’s mission is to mobilise French knowledge and expertise and to gather the best operators and companies in the fields of archaeology, museography, architecture, environment, tourism, hospitality, infrastructure, education, security, agriculture and botany, for the sustainable management of natural resources.
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