Sami Al Turki

Sami Al Turki



Through the work Mashrabiya, Sami Al Turki explores the intricate shadows and patterns typically captured in his photography, translating them into layers of ornate copper that naturally patina over time. The outcome is an extraordinary shift in the artists' practice, realised to striking effect across multiple floors of Ithra.

UAP helped Al Turki in the fabrication and installation of Mashrabiya, making Ithara Etala Restaurant an inviting and replenishing environment. Exploring the essential line work and shadow play found in iconic Islamic architectural features, Al Turki has created a contemporary interpretation of the Mashrabiya screens that celebrate respite themes, relaxation, comfort, and beauty. These themes are nurtured in turn with visitors that pass through, rest and nourish themselves within the generous spaces of the Etlala Restaurant.

UAP joined the Ithra project team in 2010 in a curatorial capacity, to work alongside Mona Khazindar in the early planning stages of the integrated art program. Ithra and Mona’s vision was ambitious, to procure and commission twelve highly site-specific artworks that spoke symbiotically to Ithra’s core philosophy and architecture, designed by the Norwegian studio Snøhetta. UAP also worked with Aramco and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture to oversee the delivery and install of these incredible projects. 

Image credit: Cieran Murphy

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Sami Al Turki

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King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture - Ithra






Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

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