Famed for capturing moments we may otherwise not see, Riyadh-based conceptual artist Marwah AlMugait joined us on stage at this year’s Bazaar Capsule to discuss her 3D projection mapping project in Jeddah entitled AlBunt (2019), her inspirations and the revival of historic monuments.
Commissioned by the Saudi Art Council as part of Jeddah Season, AlMugait’s work sought to highlight the architectural beauty and history of a building over 140 years old.
From left: Rebecca Anne Proctor, Marwah AlMugait, Rosemin Madhavji
“I wanted to have this visual language that is approachable to the public and for them to easily understand what they’re looking at,” said AlMugait.
“Especially as that building was dark most of the time and not activated, so I tried to use different elements of the story of the building - the sea, the boat, the architectural layout. I wanted to highlight the beauty of the Ottoman architecture as well, along with the idea of reviving the memory of the pilgrims who came at that time and went into that building.” The project concludes with a poem by Abu Nawas about when he first arrived in the city to perform Hajj.
AlMugait began her artistic journey as a photographer, motivated to highlight the unseen realities of our everyday lives. “I’m very much gravitated towards the notion of the unseen and I believe our inner worlds are much greater than the outer worlds,” she told us.
“I tend to look inside the box, not out of the box. And this reverse kind of vision really empowered me and injected me in my work because that’s the beauty of art - it keeps taking you to places and you keep living different experiences.”
The interview was followed by a live Q&A session.