MANAL AL DOWAYAN | Contemporary Art in the GCC & Saudi Arabia | Conversations

Episode Notes

Manal Al Dowayan talked about her interrogation of the gender-biased customs in Saudi Arabia and its metamorphosis through her art work and installations.

Manal Al Dowayan’s practice navigates a territory where the personal and the political overlap. Her works spring from lived experiences—these intimate encounters with social injustice, the pangs of memory and forgetting. Yet her pieces are consistently galvanizing, sparking identification and engagement, particularly among women around the world.

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Edited by: Ramzi Ramman

Theme music by: Tarek Yamani

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