Al Saud’s body of work, developed over the past years, was inspired by the effects on visual communication caused by censorship in Saudi Arabia. A selection from this body of work will be shown in Amsterdam. In her unique and yet traditional darkroom technique, the artist makes a drawing emitting skin, faces and detailed features which is then etched in an 8x10 inch negative, the same negative that was used to photograph what will become the background of the image. This technique brings to mind the experimental use of photography as an artistic medium instead of a means of documenting reality, characteristic of the avant-garde in the early 20th century. It is this vulnerability of the image under the lens of a camera and other manipulation processes involved, that Al Saud wishes to highlight in her work.
This approach creates a very subtle but poignant tension between the intimacy of the scenes, which are taken from familiar daily situations, and the anonymous and abstract effect after removing faces and features. Jowhara AlSaud manages to create her own language within an already traditional and abused medium. Quite remarkable is the reflection of a reality of the world and the effort to create a new photographic language in which the artist has succeeded by far.
Jowhara Al Saud was born in Saudi Arabia in 1978 and now splits her time between New York and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. As an undergraduate, she studied film theory at Wellesley College and received her Master of Fine Arts in 2004 from the School of The Museum of Fine Arts , Boston. Al Saud was runner-up for the 2008 Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize. She has exhibited her work internationally in both group and solo shows, most recently at art fairs Paris Photo, Art Palm Beach, the Aleppo 10th International Photo Festival in Syria, Danziger Projects in New York, Scope NYC, Pulse NYC and Art Dubai. Some of her upcoming exhibitions include solo shows in Kuwait and Amsterdam as well as group shows at the Berlin and Shanghai Biennales. Her work is part of collections across Europe, the US and the Middle East.
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