Marwah AlMugait (b. 1981, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) is a multimedia artist whose conceptual practice centers on photography, film, and performance. Her work encompasses a wide variety of themes but focuses on overlooked aspects of life, particularly with regards to issues of cultural environment and the human condition. She investigates how one's internal state is informed by engagement with the external world and how this is manifested in bodily reactions. In recent years, she has been exploring performance arts, which stems from her interest in the human subconscious and the ways in which civilizations have used body and voice to communicate deep emotions throughout history.
"As humans we are unaware of the connections and observations effects in creating our own realities. Mostly, how our absorption of the external collective space molds the internal world in us."
Marwah focuses on exposition: shedding light on things that people overlook or discard. Her work encompasses a wide variety of themes but embodies the desire to explore the gap between different ways of communicating. Through different body of works, she emphasizes the fluidity and turbulence by drawing from a wide range of technologies and a heightened sense of awareness, Marwah invites her audience to pay attention to the pauses in human interaction.
"Throughout examining motion in videography, I was persistently inquisitive in how the light and darkness along with reflection and transparency can form an alternative reality. It channels our expression, and constructs narratives of the unknown, through what could be described as an “intangible form of art”; that might trigger accumulated sets of emotions."
"My work is an endeavor aims to penetrate into the personal comprehension of its viewer, stating art as a universal language of all time."
S O L O E X H I B I T I O N S
2015 Sigh, Naila Art Gallery, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
G R O U P E X H I B I T I O N S
2023 Sharjah Biennale 15: Thinking Historically in the Present, Sharjah, UAE
2022 The Time Is Right, Jeddah Photo, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2021 Diriyah Biennale, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2021 Noor Riyadh Capsule, Hayy Jameel, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2021 Noor Riyadh Festival, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2020 I Love You Urgently, 21,39 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2020 Durational Portrait, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2019 Bridges to Seoul, group exhibition, Seoul
2019 Albunt, 3D Projection Mapping Art Installation, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2019 Poach, FA Studio, group exhibition, Riyadh
2019 Together, Madinah Art Center, Madinah Monawara.
2018 Vintage Point Sharjah 6, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
2018 Contemporary 14, Madinah Art Center, Madinah Monawara.
2018 Saudi Art Days, group exhibition, Los Angeles
2018 Wholistic, Allouche Gallery, group exhibition, New York
2017 Route de l’encens, Misk Art, group exhibition, Paris
2017 Epicenter X, group exhibition, The Arab American National Museum, Detroit
2017 Safar Exhibition, 21,39 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2017 Tadafuq Exhibition, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2016 AlHangar Art, group exhibition, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2015 Galerie Clairefontaine, group exhibition, Luxembourg
2015 Alberah Art Gallery, group exhibition, Bahrain
2014 Inlight Studio, group exhibition, Toronto, Canada
2014 Emerge Art Fair, Washington DC, USA
2014 Gallery Naila, 21,39 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2013 Lomar [Unstitched] Contemporary Art Exhibition, Gallery Naila, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2013 Lam Art Gallery, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2012 Abu Dhabi Art, UAE
2012 Brunel University, London, United Kingdom
2012 MA Photojournalism Final Show, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
2011 Courtyard Art exhibition, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
A R T R E S I D E N C I E S
2014 British Council & The Royal College of Art Residency, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2017 Majlis Studio Art Residency, New York, USA
2019 Delfina Foundation, London, UK
2021 Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France
A W A R D S
2012 Metro Imaging one year mentorship, London, United Kingdom
2021 Women’s Voices Award, Fine Art Film Festival, Venice, California