Selected works by Maha Malluh

Maha Malluh
Untitled (Food for Thought series)


233 burnt pots

4.40 x 10 m

Living and working in Saudi Arabia, artist Maha Malluh’s work centres upon the impact of globalisation and consumer culture within her nation. “My inspiration for art comes from my country, a land of contrasting images and ideas. Good art… forces you to pause, to contemplate and think harder about your surroundings.” Her sculptures are assemblages of objects found in junk shops and flea markets, their decrepit state speaking volumes of the culture that once valued but has now discarded them. Food for Thought – Al-Muallaqat is composed of aluminium cooking pots used traditionally throughout the Arab world. The title Al- Muallaqat links the installation to pre-Islamic 6th century Suspended Odes or Hanging Poems traditionally hung in Mecca. What poetry then do these pots contain? And of what lives and stories could they sing?

Maha Malluh's Biography

Maha Malluh
Born 1959 in Riyad, Saudi Arabia
Lives and works in Riyad and London, UK


Translated, Galerie Krinzinger

Distributed Objects, Jeddah Jaw, Jeddah Saudi Arabia
Distributed Objects, Selma Feriani London

Just Des(s)erts - Selma Feriani Gallery London, UK

Capturing Light. Galerie O, Riyadh

International conference on Tourism and Handicrafts, Riyadh


Art Basel Unlimited 2015, Galerie Krinzinger, Basel, Switzerland

Moallaquat, 21,39 Jeddah Arts, Jeddah, KSA
The Hand of God, Akim Monet, Side by Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Hajj, le Pèleringe à La Mecque, Institute du Monde arabe,Paris, France
fotoFest Biennial, Housten, Texsas USA

Trade Routes, Hauser & Wirth. London, UK
Self-Portraits, Arndt, Singapore, SI
ARNDT, Gillman Barracks, Singapore

Edge of Arabia, Gallery Krinzinger, Vienna, AT
Edge of Arabia #COMETOGATHER London UK
We need to talk. Edge of Arabia, Jeddah
Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, The British Museum, London, UK
25 years of Arabic Creativity - Paris, France
The Bravery of Being Out of Range II - The Sultan Gallery, Kuwait

Journeys: Stories of the World - Orleans House Gallery, London
ME.NA.SA.ART- Beirut Art Fair - Athr Gallery

Transition - Edge of Arabia, Istanbul
Nabatt - Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art
Grey Borders/Grey Frontiers - Edge of Arabia, Sixth Berlin Biennale
Global Competitiveness Forum - Edge of Arabia, Kingdom Tower, Riyadh

Venice Biennale - Edge of Arabia, Venice

Brunei Gallery - Edge of Arabia, London

SDCG Exhibition, Holland