Muhannad Shono’s work challenges our collective beliefs through the telling of stories using an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach.

He questions cultural myths in order to understand how the past can dictate the human narratives we now choose to live.

Shono often mixes those understandings with his personal interest in the scientific, futuristic and the fictional in order to create worlds detached from a time or place yet rooted in our current state. 

His work explores who we are as a species and where we may be heading.

Muhannad Shono was born in 1977 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He graduated from the environmental design department at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with a degree in Architecture.

He was selected to partake in residencies in Europe including Kunstresidenz, Bad Gastein, Austria [2017]. Artists-in-Labs, Zurich Switzerland [2017], and is currently conducting a year long art residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

Solo exhibitions:

Ala: Ritual Machine, ITHRA, Dammam, Saudi Arabia [2018]

Ala: Ritual Machine, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin [2018]

Children of Yam, ATHR, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia [2016]

Group exhibitions: 

Albukhary Foundation Gallery , British Museum, London, [2018]

In The Open Or In Stealth, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, [2018]

The Clocks Are Striking Thirteen, Athr gallery, Jeddah, [2018]

UNPUBLISHED – artistic observations, Eawag, Zurich, [2017]

Letters, Athr, Jeddah [2017]

After the Wildly Improbable, HKW Haus der Kulturen der welt, Berlin [2017]

Kunstresidenz, Bad Gastein [2017] 

Own The Walls: LAND, Toronto [2017]

Safar, 21,39, Jeddah Arts, Jeddah[2017]

Loud Art, Emerging GCC Artists, Saudi Arabia / Oman / Bahrain[2015-2016]

Muhannad's work was acquired by The British Museum in 2017 and the Art Jameel Foundation in 2018.


Interview, Muhannad Shono: Creating His Own Saudi Narrative, by Marwa Fakih, The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, 2018

Article, How Saudi artists are capturing the spirit of a kingdom in the process of radical reform, The Independent, David Lister, 2018

Interview, Art Talk, Saudi Gazzette, 2017