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Sarah Abu Abdallah_Recommence, 2012_Video Still 5 Courtesy of the Artist and Alāan Artspace
Sarah Abu Abdallah_Recommence, 2012_Video Still 5 Courtesy of the Artist and Alāan Artspace
Sarah Abu Abdallah_Recommence, 2012_Video Still 7Courtesy of the Artist and Alāan Artspace
Sarah Abu Abdallah_Recommence, 2012_Video Still 7Courtesy of the Artist and Alāan Artspace
Sarah Abu Abdallah_Recommence, 2012_Video Still 10 Courtesy of the Artist and Alāan Artspace
Sarah Abu Abdallah_Recommence, 2012_Video Still 10 Courtesy of the Artist and Alāan Artspace
Sarah Abu Abdallah Untitled (3) from the series Misfit (2012) Courtesy of the Artist and Alaan Arts
Sarah Abu Abdallah Untitled (3) from the series Misfit (2012) Courtesy of the Artist and Alaan Artspace
Sarah Abu Abdallah Untitled (2) from the series Misfit (2012) Courtesy of the Artist and Alaan Artsp
Sarah Abu Abdallah Untitled (2) from the series Misfit (2012) Courtesy of the Artist and Alaan Artspace
Manal Al Dowayan_Esmi, 2012, Coated maple wood with natural wool for rope and Sadu weave_Installatio
Manal Al Dowayan_Esmi, 2012, Coated maple wood with natural wool for rope and Sadu weave_Installation, Courtesy of the Artist, Cuadro Gallery and Alāan Artspace
Audience at the SoftPower panel discussions, Photograph by C3Films, Courtesy of Alāan Artspace.jpg
Audience at the SoftPower panel discussions, Photograph by C3Films, Courtesy of Alāan Artspace.jpg
Sarah Mohanna Al-Abdali_Talat Arayes (from the series Four Wives), 2012, Courtesy of the Artist and
Sarah Mohanna Al-Abdali_Talat Arayes (from the series Four Wives), 2012, Courtesy of the Artist and Alāan Artspace
Oct
20

Alaan Artspace, a new space for contemporary arts in Riyadh launches with an exhibition exploring female identity and societal dynamics

AlaanArtspace opened this month in the Saudi capital with Soft Power, an exhibition that reflects the growing movement of Saudi female artists.

Soft Power, curated by Sara Raza and featuring artwork by three Saudi artists, Sarah Abu Abdallah, Sarah Mohanna Al-Abdali and Manal Al Dowayan presents an artistic insight into the dynamics of daily life and identity in the conservative Kingdom.

In Soft Power, Sarah Abu Abdalla exhibits a set of photos, installations and videos that challenge conventions by placing fully veiled women in different domestic an outfoor settings to examine the politics of social space. Meanwhile, Sarah Al-Abdali’s mixed media works tackle marriage rituals, and her project, Four Wives swiftly becomes a social critique. Manal Al Dowayan challenges the cultural taboo of speaking a woman's names in public through an installation entitled Esmi.

Read Ahram Online's interview with the show's curator here.

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