The 14 Installations Showcased at Desert X Alula

Desert X Alula is the First Site-responsive Exhibition of Its Kind in Saudi Arabia.

An Exploration of Desert Culture, the Exhibition is a Cross-cultural Dialogue Between Artists From Saudi Arabia and Its Surrounding Region and Artists From Previous Iterations of Desert X in California, Taking Its Cues From the Extraordinary Landscape and Historical Significance of Alula.

A Concise Passage

Rashed AlShashai

Reflecting on the passage of goods and trade from the ancient past to modern times, creating a bridge between a vast open landscape and the economic systems that determine present-day borders.

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Manal AlDowayan

The evanescence of objects and images within this landscape is at the heart of the installation of artificial puddles.


eL Seed

inspired by the image of fertility that the AlUla oasis presented to those who first crossed the arid landscape in search of trade, allowing viewers to enter a script-like structure submerged beneath the ground.

Glimpses of the Past

Zahrah AlGhamdi

A flickering oasis made of thousands of date containers, once key to AlUla’s agricultural wealth.


Lita Albuquerque

Invokes the cosmic myth of a female astronaut who arrives on earth to spread light and information, an ode to the region’s genesis as the birthplace of astronomy.

Falling Stones Garden

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim

The fragility of the desert ecosystem is evident in this installation, which consists of rock-like forms painted in highly saturated colour

The Future is Now

Gisela Colon

The Future is Now is at once high-tech and futuristic but also reminiscent of the mystery of ancient cultural artifacts such as totems – it speaks to a moment in history marked by the coming together of old and new.

The Lost Path

Muhannad Shono

The installation takes youth as the new commodity across Saudi Arabia through a decaying pipeline that rests motionless, semi-submerged beneath the shifting sands.

On Parade

Nadim Karam

inspired by the diverse flora and fauna of the Arabian desert, On Parade is a caravan of forms that appear to have sprung out of the barren ground like desert bloom after the rain.

Amma Qabel

Nasser AlSalem

A sculpture with both interior and exterior landscapes, which embraces the idea of time as a continuum that connects all cultures and civilizations

Steel Rings

Rayyane Tabet

References the Trans-Arabian Pipe Line Company’s pipeline bisecting the Arabian Peninsula with forty rings forming the sculpture, each inscribed with the distance from the pipe’s source.

Kholkhal Aliaa

Sherin Guirguis

the installation looks at the role of cultural memory in shaping ideas of the present. Wedged within a rock crevice, a sculpture of a Bedouin anklet is a symbol of female power and agency as well as a metaphor for journeys, referencing the old city of AlUla

One Two Three Swing!


a call to collective action, connecting people through the shared endeavor.

Dictums: Manqia II

Wael Shawky

recalling the once thriving historic town as a place of architectural memory through video projected onto the rockface.

Alula: an Ancient Oasis in Saudi Arabia, It Brings Together a Plurality of Voices, Co-curated by Saudi Curators Raneem Farsi and Aya Alireza With Desert X Artistic Director Neville Wakefield.

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