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Desert X 2024

AlUla, Saudi Arabia

February 9 – March 23

Following two exhibitions since 2020, Desert X AlUla returns for its third edition, placing visionary contemporary artworks by Saudi and international artists amidst the extraordinary desert landscape of AlUla, a majestic region in north-west Saudi Arabia of natural and creative heritage steeped in a legacy of cross-cultural exchange.

Raneem Farsi and Neville Wakefield will return as this year’s artistic directors and the exhibition will be curated by Maya El Khalil and Marcello Dantas. El Khalil is a renowned art advisor and curator with a focus on the MENA region. Dantas is an award-winning curator known for innovative interdisciplinary practices linking science, history and technology to create engaging and participatory exhibition experiences.

Under the theme of In the Presence of Absence, Desert X AlUla 2024 asks ‘what cannot be seen?’ Often dismissed as spaces of emptiness, deserts are rendered mute, static, but there is much more than meets the eye. Artists taking part in Desert X AlUla 2024 have been invited to explore ideas of the unseen and the inexpressible. Encouraged to engage with what is not immediately apparent, they stage new encounters with the landscape, imagining alternative perspectives that appreciate the imperceptible forces and atmospheres of time, wind, light, the flows of history and myths woven into the place.

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Living Museum

Sara Alissa and Nojoud Alsudairi, *Invisible Possibilities: When the Earth Began to Look at Itself*, Desert X AlUla 2024.

Sara Alissa and Nojoud Alsudairi, Invisible Possibilities: When the Earth Began to Look at Itself, Desert X AlUla 2024.

Ibrahim Mahama, *Dung Bara – The Rider Does Not Know the Ground Is Hot*, Desert X AlUla 2024.

Ibrahim Mahama, Dung Bara – The Rider Does Not Know the Ground Is Hot, Desert X AlUla 2024.

Kader Attia, *Whistleblower*, Desert X AlUla 2024.

Kader Attia, Whistleblower, Desert X AlUla 2024.

Kimsooja, *To Breath*, Desert X AlUla 2024.

Kimsooja, To Breath, Desert X AlUla 2024.

Rana Haddad and Pascal Hachem, *Reveries*, Desert X AlUla 2024.

Rana Haddad and Pascal Hachem, Reveries, Desert X AlUla 2024.

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