Epicenter X

8 Jul 2017 - 1 Oct 2017

Arab American National Museum, Detroit, USA

Magnetism IV 2012 Ahmed Mater Diasec mounted Lightjet print on Kodak Premier paper 180 x 240 cm

Curated by

Devon Akmon

Organised by

CULTURUNNERS as part of the Bridges Tour

Both Dearborn, Michigan, and Saudi Arabia serve as iconic social and cultural epicentres. Dearborn lays claim to the highest concentration of Arab Americans in the U.S. (and in any major city outside of the Middle East and North Africa), and has been the final destination for immigrants from the Arab World for nearly a century. Saudi Arabia is home to the two holiest sites of Islam and functions at a crossroads of culture, most notably during the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, known as Hajj.

Magnetism I – IV (2012) and Golden Hour, from Desert of Pharan (2014) were shown in a group exhibition in Detroit, as part of the CULTURUNNERS US Tour.

Epicenter X explored contemporary Saudi culture by promoting meaningful dialogue between Saudi artists and U.S. audiences. Cutting through the political discourse of media outlets and government officials, the artworks featured in this exhibition opened doors to the lives of the Saudi people. In doing so, this presentation challenged common views and stereotypes of Arab culture by lending a voice to artists exploring poignant ideas centred on urbanization, globalization, religion and the impact of American popular culture in Saudi society.

Despite its position as an ally of the U.S., little is known about Saudi culture and its citizens for many in our nation, we are pleased to provide an opportunity for Saudi artists to showcase their work in the Arab American National Museum. This exhibition fosters cross-cultural dialogue and offers the chance for a wider audience to engage with the diversity within Saudi art.

Devon Akmon, AANM Director and curator of Epicenter X

Exhibited Artworks:

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