Noor Riyadh has announced the list of participants in its upcoming third edition, set to take place from 30 November to 16 December, with an accompanying exhibition running from 30 November to 2 March 2024.
The festival features more than 100 names from around 35 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Qatar, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.
Participants from the Middle East and Arab world include Abdullah Alamoudi, Arwa Al Neami, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Aziz Jamal, bytwo, Dur Kattan, Hana Almilli, Hayat Osamah, Huda Alnasser, Ibrahim Romman, Khaled Makhshoush, Madhawi Algwaiz, Mohammad Alfaraj, Monira Al Qadiri, Muhannad Shono, Nawaf Alkuhaimi, Nevin Aladaǧ, Pharah Al-Ghalib and Amr Abuzaid, Phi Studio, Sara AlMutlaq, Sarah Abu Abdullah, Suliman Alsalem, Sultan Bin Fahad, Younes Rahmoun and Zahrah Alghamdi.
See the full list below.
Arwa Al Neami
Ayman Yossri Daydban
Jakob Kudsk Steesen
Julius von Bismarck
Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho
Max Hooper Schneider
Monira Al Qadiri
Pharah Al-Ghalib and Amr Abuzaid
Sarah Abu Abdullah
Shoplifter / Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir
Sultan Bin Fahad
More than 120 artworks will be showcased, including new-site specific commissions by Ayman Yossri Daydban, Aziz Jamal, Erwin Wurm, Jose Dávila and Younes Rahmoun and others. The commissions respond to this year’s theme, The Bright Side of the Desert Moon,which explores the desert as a site of community and connection despite differences.
Curated by Jérome Sans (lead curator), Pedro Alonzo, Alaa Tarabzouni and Fahad Bin Naif (curators), the festival’s third edition will take place in public spaces located in five hubs across Riyadh: the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), the JAX District, Salam Park, Wadi Namar and Wadi Hanifa.
The five hubs will also host more than 40 talks, over 100 workshops and family activities and more than 1,000 guided tours. The programming engages 450 schools, while the festival teams include 60 university ambassadors and 43 apprentices.
The festival’s accompanying exhibition Refracting Identities, Shared Futures will take place at JAX District. Curated by Neville Wakefield and Maya Al Athel, the show features Abdulmohsen Al Bin Ali, Artur Weber, Bashaer Hawsawi, Cecilia Bengolea, Federico Acciardi, Leo Villareal, Shaikha Al Mazrou and others. The works on display will explore light as a metaphor for our ever-changing human and cultural identities.