Ayman Yossri Daydban’s painting, photography and printmaking explore issues of identity and alienation, often through combinations of cinematic images and text. Daydban believes his name, which translates into English as ‘Watchman’, reflects an important role of the artist, that of a detached observer.

Daydban’s work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Middle East and Europe, including do it بالعربي, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2016); Aftermath, Akbank Art Centre, Istanbul (2012); 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Transition, Edge of Arabia Istanbul (2010); Grey Borders/Grey Frontiers, Edge of Arabia Berlin (2010); 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) and Edge of Arabia, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2008).

His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Al Mansouria Foundation for Culture and Creativity, Jeddah; the Abdul Latif Jameel Foundation, Jeddah; Basma Al Sulaiman Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeddah; the Salsali Private Museum, Dubai and Green Box Museum of Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia, Amsterdam.

Daydban was selected as artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and Ashkal Alwan, Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Beirut.

Born in Palestine in 1966, Daydban has lived all his life in Saudi Arabia. He currently resides in Jeddah.


Daydban, Ayman Yossri

do it بالعربي

Join in, take part and collaborate as individuals, families, friends – as a community, together in do it بالعربي [in Arabic] – a project organised by Sharjah Art Foundation.