Her Point of View: Using Art to Highlight the Lives of Middle Eastern Women

Saudi women are depicting what it means to be female in the Middle East through an innovative art exhibit at Oklahoma’s Mabee Gerrer Museum of Art.

On the heels of the groundbreaking decree announcing expanded roles for women in Saudi society, three female students from Saudi Arabia set out to continue this positive momentum. Their exhibit, titled “Women’s Point of View,” includes works ranging from photographs and graphic design projects to multi-media expressions: all shedding insight on the often hidden lives of Arab women.

Similar to Maisah Sobaihi, the theatrical genius, and Ahd Kamel, the Saudi actress and filmmaker, these female students are using art to breakdown stereotypes of Saudi women in the west.

Traveling to the West not only helps continue unprecedented steps forward in the Kingdom, but also addresses mistaken notions regarding Saudi social issues on a universal scale. Particularly contradicting these misconceptions lies in the exhibit’s ability to spotlight three Saudi female students as they tell 38 stories through whatever artistic and personal expression they choose.

With each stride, the Saudi government’s definitive commitment to women’s empowerment, specifically in the workforce, becomes more of a reality.

Women’s Point of View from Saudi Arabia is on exhibit until November 12, 2017. The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located on the campus of St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla.

Read more at The Shawnee News-Star.