Photography exhibition in Italy features three Saudi artists

They will be joined by three European photographers who were selected following their collective participation in AlUla’s first artist-photographer residency program earlier this year in Saudi Arabia. The oasis of arts and creativity hosted 19 local, regional and international photographers, under the theme “Past Forward – Time, Life and Nostalgia”.

Located 1,100 km from Riyadh in the northwest of the country, AlUla is a vast region rich in ancient natural and cultural heritage dating from the Dadan, Luhyan and Nabatean kingdoms and it is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. .

The three Saudi photographers exhibiting their work in Italy are Hayat Osamah, Hussain AlSumayn and Huda Beydoun.

“This brief stay in AlUla changed my perspective on so many things,” Osamah said. Artist, photographer and director based in Riyadh, she uses the medium of film photography as her main format. “I came from Riyadh with an idea that I wanted to become a reality,” she added, “only to find myself devoured by it and the difficulty of its realization. Throughout my residency, the more I watched, the more I saw what was urgently needed to tap into: people, change, and how that change will affect their behavior and impact traditions, some of which are already dying out with our generation.

AlSumayn’s interpretation of AlUla imagery is called “Wrinkles”, with a focus on the people and mountains of the area to highlight the similarities between the geological forms and the aged faces of the elderly inhabitants.

Finally, Beydoun’s contribution to the Cortona exhibition is entitled “A Disparate Familiar” presented as a documentary retracing the daily life of a group of craftswomen who gather at the Madrasat AdDeera school.

Tracey L. Sweeney