Ayman Yossri Daydban

Ayman Yossri Daydban

Ayman Yossri Daydban is an established Saudi-Palestinian artist whose multidisciplinary practice centers upon the critical examination of national narratives as an artistic undertaking. The artist’s last name translates into English as ‘watchman’ or ‘guard’, and Yossri Daydban adopts the observant eye of this persona in his acute analysis of identity, existence and belonging as they relate to cultural heritage, national integration and the complex interrelation of East/West influences. Of particular interest to the artist are the tensions arising at the intersectional points of translation and interdependence, where questions of assimilation and divergent customs come to the fore. Daydban’s painting, photography and printmaking explore issues of identity and alienation, often through combinations of cinematic images and text.

Selected recent exhibitions include Feeling The Stone, Diriyah Contemporary Biennale inaugural edition, Diriyah, KSA, 2021; Durational Portrait; a brief overview of video art in Saudi Arabia, Athr gallery, Jeddah, KSA, 2020; Eyes East Bound, Cairo Biennale, Cairo, EG, 2019; Epicenter X: Contemporary Saudi Art, American Art National Museum, London, 2017; Give Me The Light, ATHR Gallery, Jeddah, KSA, 2016 (solo); and Common Grounds, Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, Spain, 2014.

Ayman Yossri Daydban’s work can be found in many major collections including those of the Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Al-Mansouria Foundation, Jeddah, KSA; BASMOCA, Jeddah, KSA; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; The British Museum, London, UK; and Greenbox Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Ayman Yossri Daydban, Distortion, 2011, Stainless steel, 139 x 49 cm
Opposite page Ayman Yossri Daydban, 36 From the posters series, 2018, Print on
Paper, 99 x 67.5 cm. Unique

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