Majlis Studio 2017

THE MAJLIS STUDIO RESIDENCY PROGRAM FOSTERS US-SAUDI CULTURAL EXCHANGE BY PROVIDING A VOCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG SAUDI ARTISTS IN THE HEART OF MANHATTAN. ARTISTS LIVE AND WORK IN THE 1800 SQ. FT. TRIBECA STUDIO WHILE ADDITIONALLY PARTICIPATING IN EVENTS SUCH AS ARTISTS’ TALKS, VISITS BY CURATORS AND CRITICS, AND A SCHEDULE OF INTERACTIONS WITH LOCAL MUSEUMS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.

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YUSEF ALAHMAD

Saudi artist and designer, Yusef Alahmad has been awarded the first Majlis Studio Artist Residency of 2017.

Having recently completed his Master’s degree in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Yusef has established his aesthetic in which he uses vivid colors, often incorporating Arabic typography and motifs, while also investigating the history of the design profession and intellectual property rights in Saudi Arabia. During his residency in New York, Yusef set up a pop-up printmaking studio and embarked on a series of projects incorporating different media to push the limits of materials. He regularly describes his work as a combination of his past and present, inspired by traditional elements from his childhood growing up in Saudi Arabia, while influenced by his studies and current life in the US.

The Majlis Studio Residency program in New York is part of a multi-city Saudi artist’s tour of the United States initiated by King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture and coordinated by our partner organisation CULTURUNNERS, an international platform for traveling artists.

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