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Aseel AlYaqoub / The View from Above

2024-10-18 to 2025-04-06

Aseel AlYaqoub explores the nation as invented and imagined, shaped by maps, architecture, military ceremonies and cultural heritage. The View from Above marks the first survey of the artist’s decade of archival research and interdisciplinary practice into symbols and narratives connected to Kuwaiti nationhood and Arab identity. Through drawing, sculpture, video and an architectural intervention, the artist uncovers lines of continuity between British colonial rule and the present-day Kuwaiti state. The view from above, a perspective associated with colonial powers and nation-states, offers insights into the mechanisms of nation-building.

Aseel AlYaqoub (b. 1986, Kuwait) is an artist and writer based in Kuwait City where she founded the artist-run Safat Studios. Most recently, her work has been shown at the 2nd edition of the Diriyah Biennale and Desert X AlUla. In 2018, she co-won the first Art Jameel Commission, and in 2021, she co-curated the Kuwaiti pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.