Saudi Arabia invites dialogue with American artists and designers, but there’s pushback

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Qaṣr Al-Farīd, an archaeological site located in AlUla in Saudi Arabia, where Desert X is set to take place next year. Photo credit: Desert X

Saudi Arabia has an image problem. But it has become a new frontier for American artists and designers. We look at the controversy surrounding site-specific art festival Desert X's planned expansion to Saudi Arabia, and we talk to an LA-based consultant for the futuristic megacity of Neom. Both are bankrolled by Mohammad Bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. How do designers deal with the blowback?


Frances Anderton

Frances Anderton, Avishay Artsy