Two Saudi Women participate in digital art exhibition at St. Petersburg

As a part of the growing cooperation between Moscow and Riyadh, two Saudi women participate in an international exhibition of digital art at the famous Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the TASS Russian news agency reported, quoting the Saudi Ministry of Culture.

“The growing economic and political relations between Saudi Arabia and Russia have been reinforced by the opening of an international art exhibition in St. Petersburg with the participation of Saudi artists,” TASS said in a statement issued by the Saudi Ministry of Culture. The statement added that “Saudi participation in the exhibition comes in a constant cultural partnership with Russia.”

The exhibition, entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialogue”, is scheduled to open in the framework of the cultural program of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, organized by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Russian Sovereign Wealth Fund in cooperation with the Hermitage Museum.

“Art and culture can contribute very strongly to building the foundations for understanding, cooperation and rapprochement between peoples, and we express our gratitude to our Russian friends for their eagerness to show some of the great artistic talents offered by the Saudis,” said Abdul-Karim Al-Hamid, spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Culture.

  • Moving towards digitalization and creating a more knowledge-centric economy by 2030, Saudi Arabia focuses on developing arts and culture sector and supports woman participation across all fields.
Daniah Al-Saleh

The works, created by the Saudi artists Lulwa Al-Hamoud and Daniah Al-Saleh, unveil the evolution of the relationship between artificial intelligence and art.

Lulwa’s piece of art, entitled “Entity and Existence”, deals with the relationship between language and emotions by developing an abstract form of language derived from the Arabic alphabet.

The participation of the artist, Daniah, comes in the form of a video using abstract forms built by artificial intelligence through an algorithm that processed 28 Arabic tones and beats, with each video scene corresponding to one of the Arabic alphabet.

“Art can build bridges of understanding and hope and I am proud to play my small role in this regard,” said Lulwa, whose works displayed in international museums such as the LACMA and the Five Continents Museum, as well as in international venues such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

Fourteen artists from 10 countries – the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Turkey, France and South Korea – are participating in the exhibition. Most of the work involved in the presentation deals with the processing of large volumes of data with the help of artificial intelligence techniques.

Among the most prominent exhibitors at the exhibition is the French artistic team Opévé, whose work has helped to gain global recognition of contemporary art based on artificial intelligence, as well as Kostya Novoselov, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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