Would You Believe That Saudi Is The Centre For Middle-Eastern Artistic Expression This Week?

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Saudi Arabia is better known for its oppressive laws against women and maltreatment of migrant workers, so it is therefore refreshing to hear news that Kingdom is hosting the second Jeddah Art Week.

Would You Believe That Saudi Is The Centre For Middle-Eastern Artistic Expression This Week?

Saudi Arabia is better known for its oppressive laws against women and maltreatment of migrant workers, so it is therefore refreshing to hear news that Kingdom is hosting the second Jeddah Art Week.

Lina Lazaar, the international contemporary art specialist at Sotheby’s, is leading the event and is supported by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information and the Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives charity. She has drawn together a wide-ranging program of events, encompassing 13 exhibitions.

Local and foreign artists have put their best feet forward and come up with some real masterpieces. While women may be banned from driving in Saudi, at least they haven’t been stopped from painting on a canvas.

Here are some of the pieces that stood out during the first few days of the event.

French-Tunisian artist 'eL Seed' combines graffiti with traditional Arabic calligraphy to create what he calls ‘Calligrafitti’. He believes that his work can challenge intolerance and extremism and bring people together

Would You Believe That Saudi Is The Centre For Middle-Eastern Artistic Expression This Week?

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