Dr Wasma Mansour
Revisiting the identities of Saudi women through a visual portrayal
My practice-based research explores the construction and reflection of the multiple identities of single Saudi women through the medium of their own private spaces and possessions.
Theoretical framework and visual methodologies will be drawn from sub-disciplines of visual sociology and anthropology. These will be developed from gender theory especially in relation to the Middle Eastern context, as well as incorporating insights from spatial and material culture studies.
By generating an original body of photographic work that explores human-space relationships, the research will manifest as a series of 'space portraits' whilst focusing exclusively on the biographical objects and their reflection of the identities of these women. This will illuminate an alternative view of Saudi women who do not fit the stereotype of dependency on the male. This group is of particular interest for visual research because they are successful professionals, self-consciously managing their social visibility and non-visibility.
Exhibitions and Screenings
2013 exhibited at the 4th Photoquai Biennial, Musee du quai Branly, Paris, France
2013 exhibited at 7th Chobi Mela Festival of Photography, Dakha, Bangladesh
2013 exhibited in the Labyrinth Photographic’s ‘A Year In Development’, London, UK
2012 Solo show at Piazza di Pietra Gallery, Rome, Italy
Exhibition / Publication
Photoquai. Publisher: Musee du quai Branly ISBN: 978-2-330
2013 Nominated for the Paul Huff Award.
2012 Long listed for the Terry O’Neil Award.
I am now represented by East Wing Gallery (Doha/Qatar) www.east-wing.org