Jowhara AlSaud, 'Airmail', from the series 'Out of Line'

Jowhara AlSaud, 'Airmail', from the series 'Out of Line'

Jowhara AlSaud
Born Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 1978. Lives Jeddah and New York, USA
'Airmail', from the series 'Out of Line'
2008
C-print
Museum no. E.948-2010
Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum

Jowhara AlSaud's photographs explore the language of censorship and the malleability of photography. AlSaud scratches the outlines of figures from her personal photographs into photographic negatives, which she then prints. By reducing the figures to line drawings she renders them anonymous. The embracing figures hint at farewells and longing. The envelopes suggest thwarted attempts at communication. AlSaud's hybrid technique of drawing and photography critiques the censorship of visual communication in Saudi Arabia.