Sultan Bin Fahad
Galala classic marble, copper
10.5 m x 6.3 m
Saudi archaeologists discovered a hieroglyphic inscription belonging to King Ramses III, one of the kings of ancient Egypt, in the Zaydania area of Tayma Governorate in northern Saudi Arabia. This inscription is the first hieroglyphic inscription found in the Arabian Peninsula; it is on a fixed rock and bears the royal signature. The path to the discovery is marked with cartouches (royal signatures) of King Ramses III, and its presence near Tayma raised the question of civilizational context that could explain a cartouche deep in the northwest of the Arabian Peninsula.
The concept is to construct a maze of cubes with the inscription of Ramses III engraved on the surface. Copper will be used, which was acquired through missions to the Arabian Peninsula. This project will constitute a turning point in studying the roots of the civilizational relations between Egypt and Arabia
Sultan Bin Fahad (b. 1971, Riyadh, KSA) considers art a journey between intangible memories and tangible cultures. Throughout his abstract drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations, bin Fahad’s central theme and object of concern remains material culture in his native Saudi Arabia. In his practice, he reinterprets history, stories, and narratives using material culture; he transposes these narratives to contemporary means as a reassessment and personal take on Saudi Arabia. Themes central to his practice focus on reimagining found objects, Islam, and Saudi history and identity. Connecting past to present, his stories
evoke multi-layered journeys between the latent relationship of what is remembered and what remains silently contained within the corporeal. Bin Fahad was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Fondazione Alda Fendi, Rome, Italy (2020–21), and his exhibition, The Red Palace, curated by Reem Fadda, toured in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Abu Dhabi. He has participated in several group exhibitions including The View from There, Sadie Coles HQ, London; Mara’ina, Ithra Museum; Winter at Tantora, AlUla, KSA; the 45th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Manama, Bahrain (2019); Vantage Point, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; Contemporary
Photography from the Arab World, American University Museum Katzen Art Center, Washington, DC; Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival, UAE (2018); Dreams and Memory, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, KSA (2016). Bin Fahad has also presented a solo exhibition, Qounot, at Alāan, KSA (2016). His work has been acquired by the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Palestine Museum, and the Ithra Museum. He lives and works in Los Angeles.