Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
|Razan is a 16 year old student from Al-Khobar.|
Monday, March 23, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
|Saja is a 25 year old business development analyst from Al-Khobar.|
I've known Saja since I was a little kid. We didn't go to the same school as her father's Saudi (which makes her Saudi) and they went to a different school than us expat kids, but she was always a regular fixture at soccer. She now works for Aramco, the same company that our fathers used to work for.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
|Jummana and Zainab are both 16 year old students from Qatif.|
Sarrah and I leave our cafe and go looking for a couple more women to interview before she has to meet her friends. We go into an empty restaurant and see three girls sitting down together at a table. Sarrah asks them in Arabic if we can talk to them and two of them say yes.
Monday, March 16, 2015
It's not often that there are public, outdoor events focused on art, food, and crafts in Saudi so when one rolls around, it's very popular. On March 14 and 15 female small business owners and artists set up booths and showed off their wares at Mathaq: Taste of Art and Food, an event held in Prince Saud Bin Naif Garden. It was a family event, meaning no single men were allowed to attend, other than participating artists and food vendors.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
|Noof is a 24 year old graduate looking for work. She is from Al-Khobar.|
Sarrah and I leave the cafe to look for participants. We find Noof sitting at a gelato shop with a couple other girls.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
|Sarrah is a 24 year old IT professional from Mecca.|
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
I originally set out to get to know Saudi women living in Saudi Arabia and while I will continue to do so in my project, it got me thinking about whom I was excluding as participants. Every woman in the kingdom is required wear an abaya, whether they are Saudi or not. This means that expat women have to wear them too. Of course not all women choose to wear it. Some are rebels like my mom, who remember what it was like to live here in the 1980s, when you could get away with wearing loose fitting pants and shirts. In fact, she now has an entire wardrobe of flowy, drab coloured ensembles that I call her Khobar outfits. But I digress.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
To celebrate International Women's Day, I am launching my photography project "Shoes of Saudi Arabia." The theme for this year's Women's Day is Make It Happen, "encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women." The latter part of that statement is where my project focuses on.