Vision to Prosperity: A New Energy Era Emerges

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is pleased to participate in the 2020 International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC). With Saudi Aramco as the exclusive host for the 12th conference, IPTC 2020 is held at Dhahran EXPO in Saudi Arabia.

Ithra launched IPTC 2020 by hosting a gala dinner for attendees.

IPTC is the leading global program that addresses petroleum technology and challenges facing the industry. IPTC promotes the sharing of technology and collaboration among the varied disciplines of the petroleum industry.

At the conference, Ithra mounted a collection of scenes of the Saudi landscape by contemporary photographers and Maha Malluh’s installation Oil Candy.

Featuring a huge painting-like grid of more than 50 crushed oil drums of various colors, Oil Candy was inspired by the timeline of Saudi Arabia’s petroleum era. The barrels depict used candy wrappers — now empty — signifying the energizing sweetness of the nation’s production and consumption of oil.

The 15 photographs from Ithra’s collection depict the desert region and symbolic sites of Saudi Arabia. These works pay tribute to the Kingdom’s lands that are so rich in tradition yet now pave a pathway for the future.