SHADI AL-ATALLAH : I LOST THE TITLE ON THE PLANE

7 - 14 Oct 2021
Overview

Shadi Al-Atallah will be presenting their debut solo exhibition with Guts Gallery. After months spent living and painting in Bahrain, unable to leave due to restrictions of the pandemic, Shadi has returned to the UK with a new body of work.

These works and the title itself are formed from moments in transit, working and existing in a state of fluidity between time zones, locations and introspection.

 

I LOST THE TITLE ON THE PLANE, explores the idea of stagnation. Shadi uses swamps as a reference for this state of being. Swamps are the perfect parallel to feeling stagnant, like still water and wet soil. It’s an uncomfortable and undesired state. Like swamps, this undesired state can bring forth a new type of life and can give birth to a new way of being. Shadi’s recent paintings are a product of a stagnant state, an attempt to force life out of a swampy disposition.

 

Private View: 7th October 6-9pm

Location: Seeding Space, London Performance Studios, U29 Penarth Centre, Penarth Street, London, SE15 1TR

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General Opening Hours: 11 - 6pm

 

 

 

About Shadi Al-Atallah

 

Shadi Al-Atallah was born in Saudi Arabia in 1994 and currently lives and works in London, UK. They received their MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2021. Al-Atallah creates large-scale figurative paintings: the dark and dynamic figures depicted in their mixed-media work are distorted self-portraits of the artist that capture the absurdity of conflicting emotional states. Their work explores the performativity of cathartic spiritual practice by drawing connections between the Queer ballroom scene and folkloric dance traditions from African diasporic communities in the Arabian Peninsula. 

 

Working in rapid motions and strokes, Shadi works fast to avoid their thoughts slipping, contending with their own cognition and memory. Each painting documents a single hazy moment in time, examining the space between the mundane and the spiritual.


Shadi makes use of paint to escape from the constraints of language. Painting allows
them to invent genderless figures, ones that embody an ambiguity that language rarely grants. This ambiguity is used to question Shadi’s own ideas on gender and sexuality. Obscurity also allows breathing room for the viewer to connect with the artwork.

Works
  • Shadi Al-Atallah Group Therapy At 8 , 2021 Mixed media on un stretched canvas 180 x 138 cm 70 7/8 x 54 3/8 in
    Shadi Al-Atallah
    Group Therapy At 8 , 2021
    Mixed media on un stretched canvas
    180 x 138 cm
    70 7/8 x 54 3/8 in
  • Shadi Al-Atallah You Moulted Like a Snake, 2021 Mixed media on un stretched canvas 180 x 135 cm 70 7/8 x 53 1/8 in
    Shadi Al-Atallah
    You Moulted Like a Snake, 2021
    Mixed media on un stretched canvas
    180 x 135 cm
    70 7/8 x 53 1/8 in
  • Shadi Al-Atallah Cabin Pressure, 2021 Mixed media on un stretched canvas 181.5 x 163 cm 71 1/2 x 64 1/8 in
    Shadi Al-Atallah
    Cabin Pressure, 2021
    Mixed media on un stretched canvas
    181.5 x 163 cm
    71 1/2 x 64 1/8 in
  • Shadi Al-Atallah Dipped Myself a Little Too Deep, 2021 Mixed media on un stretched linen 100 x 160 cm 39 3/8 x 63 in
    Shadi Al-Atallah
    Dipped Myself a Little Too Deep, 2021
    Mixed media on un stretched linen
    100 x 160 cm
    39 3/8 x 63 in
  • Shadi Al-Atallah Adam's Crooked Rib, 2021 Mixed media on un stretched canvas 181 x 164 cm 71 1/4 x 64 5/8 in
    Shadi Al-Atallah
    Adam's Crooked Rib, 2021
    Mixed media on un stretched canvas
    181 x 164 cm
    71 1/4 x 64 5/8 in
  • Shadi Al-Atallah Life from Saline Conditions, 2021 Mixed media on un stretched linen 159 x 112 cm 62 5/8 x 44 1/8 in
    Shadi Al-Atallah
    Life from Saline Conditions, 2021
    Mixed media on un stretched linen
    159 x 112 cm
    62 5/8 x 44 1/8 in
  • Shadi Al-Atallah The Spirit Of St Vitus 1, 2021 Mixed media on un stretched canvas 76 x 60 cm 29 7/8 x 23 5/8 in
    Shadi Al-Atallah
    The Spirit Of St Vitus 1, 2021
    Mixed media on un stretched canvas
    76 x 60 cm
    29 7/8 x 23 5/8 in
  • Shadi Al-Atallah The Spirit Of St Vitus 2, 2021 Mixed media on un stretched canvas 76 x 60 cm 29 7/8 x 23 5/8 in
    Shadi Al-Atallah
    The Spirit Of St Vitus 2, 2021
    Mixed media on un stretched canvas
    76 x 60 cm
    29 7/8 x 23 5/8 in
  • Shadi Al-Atallah The Spirit Of St Vitus 3, 2021 Mixed media on un stretched canvas 76 x 60 cm 29 7/8 x 23 5/8 in
    Shadi Al-Atallah
    The Spirit Of St Vitus 3, 2021
    Mixed media on un stretched canvas
    76 x 60 cm
    29 7/8 x 23 5/8 in
Installation Views