“I don’t want anything I make to be still. My objects must not die. Instead I want to keep them permanently in a state between birth and death.”
Ayman Yossri Daydban (b. 1966 in Palestine with Jordanian nationality) lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His art is both biographical and a commentary on the environment he grew up in. His humble home is full of found objects, pirate DVDs and very few purchased “necessary” items.
His last name ‘Daydban’ means watchman, a mask that observes the viewer and its surroundings while at the same time remaining detached from them. There is an unbridgeable opposition between the watchman and what is being watched: They seem to be in different worlds, while in such close proximity, producing enormous tension.