Bio – Manal AL DOWAYAN

Manal Al Dowayan (b. 1973, Saudi Arabia)

Manal Al Dowayan is a conceptual artist whose work revolves around the ideas of active forgetting, modern archiving, and collective memory. She has worked with black and white photography, neon, large-scale installations and participatory art. Past residencies include: The Delfina Foundation in London, The Town House Gallery in Cairo, and Mathaf Project Space in Doha. Al Dowayan has been featured at exhibitions such as Prospect New Orleans 2014, Noorderlicht Festival in Groningen, Netherlands 2011, collateral exhibitions at the Venice Biennial in 2011 and 2009, the Berlin Biennial in 2010, and Contemporary Istanbul in 2010. Her works have been collected by the British Museum, LA County Museum, Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art. Al Dowayan was born and raised in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and holds a Master’s degree in Systems Analysis and Design. She worked as the Creative Director of the Saudi Arabian oil company for ten years before becoming a full-time artist. Represented by Cuadro Gallery in Dubai, she currently lives and works between her native Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Dubai, UAE.

Manal Al Dowayan’s participation in FIELD MEETING is partially supported by ArteEast