Majd Alloush, b. 1996, Dubai, UAE .
The Syrian interdisciplinary artist Alloush holds a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Sharjah (2018). Alloush’s work spans multiple disciplines including printmaking, sculpture, photography, moving image, installation and performance. His creative practice challenges the notion of borders in concept, content and medium, by exploring psychology, geopolitics, and social and environmental issues such as the ramifications of war and displacement. Alloush strategically creates work wherein multiple interpretations are possible, requiring the viewer’s own worldview to inform the meaning. His work is situated within contemporary hybrid practice, at the intersection of traditional processes and innovative methodology.
Rather than being steered by a developed skill set, the artist is able to begin with ideas and concepts which then guide his process towards discovering the most appropriate means and mediums of creation. His interest in processes with an un-attachment to results means that he often does not know how the work will turn out until late in the process. Alloush refers to Richard Hamilton, an artist who always seemed to begin by questioning which medium would be best suited to express the idea or address a problem said, “A medium need not sit in isolated purity. It has always been my contention that the first objective is to achieve a compelling image and that aim demands a felicity in its implementation.”
Alloush’s works have been shown internationally. His recent exhibitions include: Intimaa, NYU Abu Dhabi (2020); Vantage Point Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE (2019); 31th Festival Les Instants Video, Marseilles, France (2019); RENT’S DUE, North Street Collective & Unit 5 Gallery, London, UK (2018).