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Ayman Yossri Daydban


Ayman was born in Palestine in 1966, and has lived all his life in Saudi Arabia. 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.


There is an unbridgeable opposition between the watchman and what is being watched: They seem to be in different worlds, while in such close proximity, producing enormous tension. Ayman has been an artist in residence at La Cites des Arts in Paris, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery and Traffic Gallery in Dubai, and at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut. He has participated in various group and solo exhibitions in the Arab world and internationally.  His solo exhibitions include a show at Selma Feriani Gallery in London entitled Identity in January 2011, as well as one at Athr Gallery in Jeddah, entitled I am Anything, I am Everything in January 2012.  Amongst the group shows are The Language of Human Consciousness at Athr Gallery, and numerous Edge of Arabia exhibitions since 2008, including the Brunei Gallery in London (2008), The Future of A Promise, Venice Biennale (2009 & 2011), Berlin (2010), Transition, Istanbul (2010), Terminal, Dubai (2011), We Need To Talk, Jeddah (2012) and again #COMETOGETHER in London (2012).  Other participations include ‘Bravery of Being out of Range at Athr Gallery in Jeddah and subsequently at Sultan Gallery in Kuwait, The State at Traffic Gallery in Dubai, Tesselation at Galerie Zilberman and The Aftermath alongside Adel Abidin and Bahar Behbehani curated by Basak Senova at Akbank Art Center in Istanbul, as well as Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam at the British Museum in 2012. Daydban also launched his first public art project Change on billboards across Dubai and Sharjah during Art Dubai 2013.


Finally, 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.