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Ayman Yossri Daydban


“We are in a time when identities can lead to your happiness or struggle, and because there are layers of identity, knowing who you are is a self-defence mechanism," - AYD

Daydban is often a reflection of his life; a life afflicted with issues of identity and belonging. Many consider his work to be political, as much of it focuses on the deconstruction of the Palestinian national narrative.  However, it is in fact deeply personal and has little political agenda beyond his search for a sense of self. His last name ‘Daydban’ means watchman, a mask that observes the viewer and its surroundings while at the same time remaining detached from them.

Ayman was born in Palestine in 1966, and currently lives and works in Jeddah. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including: Identity, Selma Ferinani, London [2011], I am Anything, I am Everything, Athr, Jeddah [2012], Common Grounds, Sabrina Amrani, Madrid [2014], Give Me The Light, Athr, Jeddah [2016]. Daydban launched his first public art project Change on billboards across Dubai and Sharjah during Art Dubai [2013].

Amongst his group-show participations are: The State, Traffic Gallery, Dubai [2011], Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, The British Museum, London [2012], Tesselation Make Up, Galerie Zilberman, Istanbul [2012], The Aftermath (curated by Basak Senova at Akbank), Art Center, Istanbul [201], The Language of Human Consciousness, Athr, Jeddah [2014], Epicenter X: Contemporary Saudi Art, Arab American National Museum, Detroit [2017]. He has showcased his work in numerous Edge of Arabia group shows including: Transition, Istanbul [2010], The Future of A Promise, Venice Biennale [2011], Terminal, Dubai [2011], We Need To Talk, Jeddah [2012] #COMETOGETHER, London [2012]. 

In 2016, he curated a show titled Inshallah Everything Will Be Fixed, a group exhibition at Satellite, in Alserkal Dubai, which featured artists experimenting with the destruction of their work before presenting the remains to the visitors and other artists and inviting them to put the artwork back together to create a new presentation. He also curated Rami Farouk’s solo exhibition titled From Al Majlis To The Bathroom, also at Satellite.

Ayman Yossri Daydban is part of the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Centre Pompidou, British Museum, Al-Mansouria Foundation, the Abdul Latif Jameel Foundation, BASMOCA, the Salsali Private Museum in Dubai and the Greenbox Museum in Amsterdam.