Desert X is a Coachella based art exhibition
They are collaborating with Saudi artists to showcase the Al Ula landscape to the public for the first time. Al Ula Desert is a UNESCO Heritage Site and will officially be open to the public in October 2020, however, there are several events organized in the desert until then.
One of these events is the site-specific art exhibition organized by Desert X and the Royal Commission of Al Ula for the first time in Saudi Arabia.
The exhibition is running from 31 January until March 7, 2020, and features 14 regional artists that take advantage of the historical landscape to create wonderful art installations.
Check out some of the art installations below:
NAJMA (She Placed One Thousand Suns Over the Transparent Overlays of Space) by Lita Albuquerque
“Elyseria is a 25th-century female astronaut – a fictive character with a mission to teach about the stars and their related fields of astronomy and navigation. The story begins with her arrival on the planet in the year 6000 BC when she immediately loses sight of her objective.”
Now You See Me, Now You Don’t by Manal Aldowayan
“The puddle is only ever here for a brief moment, formed as if by accident. This will never be its permanent home. The encounter with the unexpected puddle can suggest and carry a tremendous amount of information.”
Glimpses of the Past by Zahrah Alghamdi
“AlGhamdi’s installation consists of approximately 6000 tin date containers of different sizes, laid out across 80 meters against the terrain of AlUla. The artwork is an ode to AlUla’s agricultural wealth.”
The exhibition is free and is open from 10 AM to 6 PM and until 7:30 PM from Thursday to Sunday. Transportation to and from the Desert X Alula Visitor Centre is provided.