The censorship in Saudi Arabia results in faces scribbled over in ads and magazines, and the country’s intense suppression of free speech have become a fraught field of inspiration for artists. Jowhara Al-Saud’s retort is influenced by the physical acts of government control themselves. Her process is a complicated one. She first takes analog photos (4X5s and 8X10s) and then scratches away at the negatives, erasing the details of her subject’s faces. The images are then printed in a darkroom and collaged with arbitrary backgrounds. What’s left is Out of Line, a series that attests both to Al-Saud’s meticulous process and the reality of censorship that inspires her work. Check out some of Al-Saud’s art below, and visit The Huffington Post for an interview with the artist.
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