Open to the Public
Location 19 Washington Square North, New York View map
In her new exhibition, And I, Will I Forget, Manal Al Dowayan visually explores the theme of memory by focusing on the act of forgetting or erasing the past. The silk screened and mixed media works explore the lost stories behind approximately 1,000 Kodachrome slides her father gave to her as a child. The images detail the years between 1962 and 1973 when her father studied in America and traveled outside of his home country of Saudi Arabia.
Al Dowayan’s father passed away before he could share details about the photographed people and settings, and their context was forever lost. While participating in an art residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Captiva, Florida), she brought the slides with her. There, Al Dowayan developed the negatives for the first time, giving the images new life as she interpreted the images through the lens of her own memories.
About the Artist
Manal Al Dowayan is a conceptual, multimedia artist whose work focuses on collective memory, particularly the representation and interpretation Saudi women. She has participated in several prestigious artist residencies and her work is featured in the collections of the British Museum (UK), LA County Museum (US), Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art (Qatar), the Jordan National Museum of Fine Art (Jordan), the Louisiana Museum (Denmark), and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (UAE).
Kerry Barrett Assistant Dean of Global Programs, NYU Abu Dhabi