Born Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 1973. Lives Dhahran
'I am an Educator'
Gelatin silver print
British Museum: 2009, 6034.1
Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum
Manal Al-Dowayan uses photography, text and installation to examine Saudi identity, and in particular the role of women in contemporary society. Working mainly in black and white photography, she also experiments with other media and techniques, often combining images with Arabic text. The sitter for 'I am an Educator' is a professor of English literature in Saudi Arabia. The phrase repeated on her slate means 'Ignorance is darkness'. The rest of this Arabic saying, 'Knowledge is light', is omitted.