Mohammad Al Faraj

Words, 2019

Digital prints of 35mm film

Edition of 3Photography42 x 188 x 1cmShips from Saudi Arabia


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About the Artist

Mohammad Alfaraj’s (b. 1993, KSA) is a visual artist whose practice centre's around his exploration of the relationship between forms and concepts, is visible through superimposed stories in his photographic collages, regrouping and contrasting fiction and non-fiction subjects. Alfaraj's work also often uses natural materials found in his hometown and combines them with children games and stories from people working the land, as an attempt to create states of co-existence between man and nature with an undertone of hope. A socio-environment activist at heart, his short documentary Lost, 2015 (which was awarded first place in the student category at the Saudi Film Festival), captures the latent state of the notion of temporality for the stateless Arabs living as refugees in their place of birth, and the dehumanizing effect this plays. This “un-homely" context portrays the poisonous beauty of nature when lived as a nemesis under political paralysis.

About the Artwork

Diptych photographs of an ancient engraving on a mountain in south Saudi Arabia and graffiti in the narrow streets of Mecca.