the pavilion of saudi arabia presents the enigmatic 40 meter long palm frond installation at the venice art biennale

the pavilion of saudi arabia presents the enigmatic 40 meter long palm frond installation at the venice art biennale

Saudi Arabia Pavilion at the 2022 Venice Art Biennale

Saudi Arabia returns for the third time to the Biennial Arte 2022 in Venice, featuring the 40-meter-long site-specific installation of Muhannad Shono curated by Reem Fadda and Rotana Shaker. Presented at the Arsenale-Sale d’Armi from April 23 to November 27, 2022, the vast piece of art title The teaching tree is made of palm leaves painted black and driven by pneumatic tires. The enigmatic organic form fills the length of the pavilion, embodying the artist’s investigation of the drawn line and its potential for creation and destruction. Through this he explores ideas of resilience and regeneration both in the natural world and in the human imagination.

image by Samuele Cherubin, courtesy of The Artist and The Visual Arts Commission, Saudi Arabia

embody creative expression, growth and resilience

Muhannad Shono draws inspiration from his childhood memories and his family’s long history of migration to create powerful paradoxical works, from intimate drawings, large-scale sculptural works, and robotic and technological pieces. For teaching treethe Riyadh-based artist formed a towering structure from black palm branches that move thanks to pneumatics.

The mysterious installation takes up the entire flag, with its organic form alluding to “mother nature” and its hope for rebirth in the face of the warning signs of past and future ecological struggles. Additionally, through her work, Shono explores the concepts of destruction, rebirth, regeneration, and healing, while interrogating self, tradition, mythology, and the natural world at the same time. “My work embodies the irrepressible spirit of creative expression: the power of imagination that grows despite what may try to limit it, but which makes it more resilient. It is a resilience that is taught by nature, in its continuous cycles of death and regrowth, like trees nourished by the ashes of forest fires. he explains.

“The pedagogical tree refers to the drawn line overgrown, now encapsulating a multitude of dimensions. This object becomes emblematic and dichotomous in the imaginaries represented, the written words and the engraved marks, reflecting on their irreversible effects on history. shares the curator of the exhibition, Reem Fadda.

the pavilion of saudi arabia presents the enigmatic 40 meter long palm frond installation at the venice art biennale
image by Samuele Cherubin, courtesy of The Artist and The Visual Arts Commission, Saudi Arabia

the pavilion of saudi arabia presents the enigmatic 40 meter long palm frond installation at the venice art biennale

image by Samuele Cherubin, courtesy of The Artist and The Visual Arts Commission, Saudi Arabia

the pavilion of saudi arabia presents the enigmatic 40 meter long palm frond installation at the venice art biennale

image by Samuele Cherubin, courtesy of The Artist and The Visual Arts Commission, Saudi Arabia

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