Ayman Zedani (Saudi Arabia) works between videos, installations, and immersive environments, attempting to renegotiate the relationship between human and non-human, animal and plant, organic and inorganic, land and water. His conceptual pieces are built on a series of experiments and investigations that look towards the new materialist philosophies exploring the agency of matter, and consider multi-species collaboration as ways of surviving the challenges of the Anthropocene, deliberating upon human influence on the state, dynamic, and future of Earth.

During his residency at Delfina Foundation, Ayman is interested in investigating further the idea that we are not singular but in fact a collection of kins, creatures with two brains. Throughout history, mythology, indigenous cultures there have been hints about another entity that accompanies each one of us from birth to death whether it’s the Greeks Genius, the Muslims Qareen, or Donna Haraway’s proposed term Holoents, which describes what makes up each one of us, human and otherwise.

Ayman’s recent projects include: a permanent installation titled Terrapolis, Expo 2020, Dubai (2020); Earthseed, Noor Riyadh, Riyadh (2021); Between the Heavens and the Earth, Lahore Biennial, Lahore (2020); the return of the old ones, 21’39, Jeddah (2020); Between muddles and tangles, NYUAD Gallery, Abu Dhabi (2019); Sailing stones, Bienalsur International Biennial, Buenos Aires (2019); non-human-assembly, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2018); Khamsa, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2018). He won the inaugural Ithra Art Prize and presented a new project in Art Dubai (2018) and had his debut solo show titled bahar-bashar-shajar-hajar, curated by Murtaza Vali, in Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2019).

Ayman is based between Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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Residency season

Summer 2021


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