If this year could be summarised in one word, then that word would be change. We share the work of 10 emerging artists and photographers from the Arab World who have translated how they feel about change, and what kind of change would they like to see in the world.
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Mujahid Al Malki, Oman
Abdullateef Alfouraih, Saudi Arabia
Mahmood Al Zadjali, Oman
At What Cost? Description: “Between buying golden finery, renting a hall, and catering for masses of guests, some Omani youth have found that the joy of marriage requires a bank loan. They’re stuck in seas of expenses, tied down by the crimson thread of loans, and the cost of marriage keeps rising higher and higher like a tide. Yet this is what society expects. Parents say, ‘Get married and make us happy.’ Society wants them to responsibly build a family home. Tied down in the sea, some youth are closing their eyes and holding their breath. ‘Let the waves crash on me,’ they cry, ‘I hope this is worth it.’ Click on each image to enlarge it.
Yara Ayoob, Bahrain
Mohammed Awwad, Jordan
Marwa Saeed, Bahrain
Mohammed Alattar, Oman
From left to right: (1) A journey toward self-discovery: The artwork portrays the constant self-discovery search, and the more we search, we discover that we are constantly changing, thus the self-discovery journey is a continuous process. (2) Allow yourself to feel: The work portrays the idea of allowing oneself to feel. In order for a person to overcome negative feelings, they must create for themselves a safety space that allows them the freedom to feel all kinds of feelings. (3) When my walls tore down: The work embodies a moment of liberation from the beliefs you had, the moment you see that you are able to overcome the impossible, that you are in a phase of transformation after a long growth period, holding on to yourself, ready for the next phase. Click on each image to enlarge it.