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In photos: Saudi graffiti artist Klakh’s portraits on abandoned buildings

The Saudi artist, whose work has recently drawn attention on social media, paints portraits adorning streets and abandoned houses in Saudi Arabia

Ahram Online , Friday 8 May 2020
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Over the past few days, there has been raised interest on Twitter and Instagram in Saudi graffiti artist Ali Alnefaei.

Also known as Klakh, a pseudonym derived from his hometown Kelakh, a small village near Taif in southwest Saudi Arabia, the artist uses walls of abandoned houses and old buildings in Riyadh, Abha and Taif as canvases for his portraits.

Social media users have been sharing photos of Klakh's work, and the trend has also been picked up by Saudi media.

The artwork shows the faces of young women -- some wearing a veil, some not – as well as both imaginary characters and well-known figures.

Among Klakh's subjects are Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Most photos being circulated are from 2019, when the portraits were in intact form. One social media user pointed out a work that has since been partially vandalised, with black paint covering the face of the woman in the portrait.
 

 

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(Photo: Klakh Instagram account)

Klakh
(Photo: Klakh Instagram account)

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(Photo: Klakh Instagram account)

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(Photo: Klakh Instagram account)

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(Photo: Klakh Instagram account)

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(Photo: Klakh Instagram account)

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(Photo: Klakh Instagram account)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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