Paired together for the Connect ME Winter Residency are Meshal Al-Obaidallah and Carolin Schnurrer. Over four weeks, they will be creating a collaborative artwork virtually from their homes in Riyadh and London. The work will be released at the end of February.
Meshal Al-Obaidallah was born in Washington, DC and is currently based in Riyadh, and originally from Qassim.
Meshal began as a visual artist in 2014, as an experimental mode of archiving narratives. Through cultural artifacts, his conceptual works document current issues and affairs of Saudi Arabia, revealing the underlying power structures.
In 2016, he won at the 4ᵗʰ International Emerging Artist Award in Dubai. Since then, his works have evolved into series, covering the geopolitical landscape of the Arab world and the region in general. These works have been exhibited across the Gulf region and outside the region—such as in the UK and the US. His ongoing Shimagh Series centres around the question, “What does it mean to be an Arab today?”. The complete series was acquired by Greenbox Museum in Amsterdam, as part of its permanent on-display collection.
In 2019, after a hiatus in artmaking, he delved into curation. ṣiyāḡah (صياغة) is his debut curatorial project, informed by the new direction in his artistic practice. ṣiyāḡah is a demonstrative exploration of typography, illustration, and narratives. In 2020, the outcome of the project was the 2-location 3-month-long namesake group art exhibition, ṣiyāḡah, at King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh. The exhibition included over 100 works—from established artists to emerging local artists—along with a separate pop-up space for art installations.
Most recently, to further develop his artistic/curatorial practice, he was a recipient of the Maan grant from Athr Gallery, and he was selected for the upcoming Art Residency | Albalad in Jeddah by the Ministry of Culture.
“I was drawn to the digital and collaborative aspects of the Connect ME residency. My recent works explore Internet culture and multimedia, and I want to continue to experiment with this new direction in my practice. I look forward to learning from and collaborating with artists that have a different skill set than mine.”— Meshal Al-Obaidallah
Carolin Schnurrer is a London-based artist and designer, producing sensory experiences with a variety of media, from sound performance and installation to moving image. Her work explores how human bodies connect on a primal haptic level and how we can use them to establish connections that surpass the limits of borders, culture, language, and other such categories of exclusion.
She was appointed as an artist in residence at Haroon Mirza’s studio, hrm199, collaborated with Klein at Serpentine Park Nights and has performed regularly with the Research Group AUDINT at national and international events, like Tate Lates and MIRA Festival Barcelona. Her work has been performed and exhibited at the Yard Theatre, ACCA Melbourne, the Barbican and Ø – a monthly night curated by the label Hyperdub at Corsica Studios.
Carolin is a graduate from the Royal College of Arts, has a background in Digital Product Design and facilitates workshops with community-based organisations like the Baytree Center.
“I hope that the Connect ME residency will not only enrich new forms of collaborating and skill-sharing, but also new forms of work. Innovating on alternative modes of communication in a world where the tactile is absent and the collaborator is physically distant, is what drives me towards this residency: Creating a digital experience that can bring a moment of play, connection and escape, available to everyone, close and far away, to establish intriguing synergies between cultures.”— Carolin Schnurrer
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