Photos from Noor Riyadh, the light sculpture festival that lights up the Saudi capital

The 2022 edition sees the festival nearly triple in size: with more than 120 installations by more than 100 artists from over 40 countries on display in as many locations.

Launched on November 3, this second edition of Noor Riyadh, the annual festival of light and art inaugurated in 2021, will see the festival triple in size, with activations in 40 locations across the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s Capital, and accompanied by a 3-month art exhibition and a public program.

The festival is co-curated by Hervé Mikaeloff, Dorothy Di Stefano, and Jumana Ghouth and its theme is “We Dream of New Horizons”. Centered around a sense of hopefulness for the future, this theme aims to reflect confidence in renewal and transformation. Through a sense of wonder, more than 100 artists will explore the use of light and its encounter with materials, as staging relations to otherness.

Immersive site-specific installations, monumental public artworks, ephemeral sculptures, art trails, and virtual reality: the festival showcase over 120 installations, building projections, and drone shows by more than 100 Saudi and international artists, from more than 40 countries. Among these are world-famous artists such as teamLab, Daniel Buren, Douglas Gordon, and Alicja Kwade, joined by Saudi talent, including Muhannad Shono, Ayman Zedani, Sarah Brahim, and Ahaad Alamoudi.

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