Saudi and French-Swiss artists create work inspired by Riyadh women’s lives

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The exhibition features multimedia artworks that reflect the stories of the interviewed women through the breadth of their diverse experiences, aspirations and contributions to society. (Loai Elkelawy)
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The exhibition features multimedia artworks that reflect the stories of the interviewed women through the breadth of their diverse experiences, aspirations and contributions to society. (Loai Elkelawy)
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The exhibition features multimedia artworks that reflect the stories of the interviewed women through the breadth of their diverse experiences, aspirations and contributions to society. (Loai Elkelawy)
Saudi and French-Swiss artists create work inspired by Riyadh women’s lives
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The exhibition features multimedia artworks that reflect the stories of the interviewed women through the breadth of their diverse experiences, aspirations and contributions to society. (Loai Elkelawy)
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Updated 25 March 2024
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Saudi and French-Swiss artists create work inspired by Riyadh women’s lives

Saudi and French-Swiss artists create work inspired by Riyadh women’s lives
  • ‘Woven Dreams’ presents art based on intimate conversations with 37 women

RIYADH: Inspired by intimate conversations with 37 women, Saudi artist Dania Al-Saleh and French-Swiss artist Catherine Gfeller present their striking exhibit “Woven Dreams” at L’Art Pur Foundation, which runs until April 6.

The exhibition features multimedia artworks that reflect the stories of the interviewed women through the breadth of their diverse experiences, aspirations and contributions to society.

The showcase is divided into three sections totaling 540 square meters and created in a museum-like style.

Gfeller says that she interviewed each of the 37 women privately, exploring the deep meaning of their voices, testimonies, and the way they express themselves. “Deep meetings with 37 women is like deeply immersed in 37 different universes, very personal and specific universes,” she said. “It means 37 times more work because I try to adapt myself to each voice in a symbolic way.”

“Each woman has her own voice and her own way of seeing life and connecting to us as artists … they only spent one hour with me but I worked for four months, night and day with them,” she said.

Noting the collaborative nature of the process, she added: “I feel like I know them very deeply as my role is to convey the subconscious version of what they told us … I really tried to be a medium through which I can express their deep thoughts.”

Each room in the exhibition showcases a distinctive art form, inspired by the interviews. From projected short films that capture their personal stories to a room adorned with inspirational quotes plastered on the walls, and another room showcasing striking photos of each woman, visitors are taken on a sensory journey through the lives and experiences of these individuals.

Al-Saleh said that working on the project was a once-in-a-lifetime experience: “I felt so privileged to have these wonderful ladies take us and be a part of their inner private lives and share so many interesting stories and emotions with us.

“We really focused on taking care of the stories they shared with us and treating it as a treasure … we had to really think of creating artwork that does it justice.”

Gfeller knew that she wanted to do an exhibition with Al-Saleh, a Saudi artist, after seeing her work and feeling that she is her “art sister,” adding: “She (Al-Saleh) had a wonderful piece in AlUla and when I saw It, I thought ‘I feel so close to her.’ It was really similar to another project in Switzerland about mythology, power of women, and symbol of women.

“When we did this residency, it was interesting to see how similar we are in how we approach art, and how we approach the emotion of women,” she said.

One of the exhibition’s artistic subjects is Farah Al-Turki, a Saudi writer and producer. She said: “The work hit home for me as it touches on how we all come from very different backgrounds, yet we all fall under ‘Women of Riyadh.’ I’m certain visitors will identify and see themselves within the work.”

The exhibition was curated by, Dalia Chabarek, a Lebanese urban researcher and sociologist working between Lebanon and the UAE.

“Woven Dreams” is supported by the French embassy, L’Art Pur Foundation, Alliance Francaise and the Swiss embassy.

Yannick Reichenau, deputy head of mission at the Swiss embassy, said that intercultural exhibitions would grow in the future, in many directions, because “people-to-people exchanges are always key to bilateral relations.”

“Saudi Arabia is opening with Vision 2030 and one of the key cornerstones is art. For a long time, in bilateral relations, art was not a key pillar but now it is. It’s about younger people connecting as well,” Reichnau said.

Noting the opportunities for artists to learn from each other, he added: “This exchange is some of the best. It’s very enriching to both of our countries.”


KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen

KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen
Updated 25 May 2024
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KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen

KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s aid agency KSrelief  continued its humanitarian projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen.
In Sudan, the agency distributed 950 personal hygiene kits to displaced and needy families in Kosti, benefiting 5,463 individuals. In Wad Sharifi, 330 food parcels were provided to displaced families, benefiting 1,710 individuals. 
Meanwhile in Lebanon, KSrelief continued its implementation of the Al-Amal Charitable Bakery Project in Akkar and Miniyeh. The project distributed 150,000 loaves of bread daily to Syrian and Palestinian refugee families, or about 62,500 individuals.
In Yemen, 897 food parcels were delivered in Al-Abr, benefiting 6,237 individuals, as part of the Kingdom’s humanitarian initiative.
in Somalia, KSrelief continued providing medical services in collaboration with the Kidney Dialysis Center at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu. The center catered to a total of 384 patients and assisted dialysis, medical examination and emergency sessions.


12 arrested in qat smuggling attempt in Saudi Arabia

12 arrested in qat smuggling attempt in Saudi Arabia
Updated 25 May 2024
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12 arrested in qat smuggling attempt in Saudi Arabia

12 arrested in qat smuggling attempt in Saudi Arabia
  • A separate smuggling attempt of 70kg of qat was thwarted in Jazan Region

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 12 Yemeni nationals for attempting to smuggle 266kg of qat through the borders of Asir region, state news agency SPA reported.
The items were seized and handed over to the relevant authority, SPA said on Friday.
A separate smuggling attempt of 70kg of qat was thwarted in Jazan region. Border authorities said the suspects were arrested and the seized items were transferred to relevant authorities for further action.

Mostly chewed by users, Qat is a mild stimulant and illegal across most of the Arab world.

The government has urged citizens and residents to report any information they have regarding drug smuggling or sales to the General Directorate of Narcotics Control. Reports can be made by calling 911 for Makkah, Riyadh and the Eastern Province, and 999 for other regions. Alternatively, information can be emailed to [email protected]. All reports are treated confidentially.

 


Saudi foreign minister meets French counterpart, discusses bilateral relations and situation in Gaza

Saudi foreign minister meets French counterpart, discusses bilateral relations and situation in Gaza
Updated 25 May 2024
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Saudi foreign minister meets French counterpart, discusses bilateral relations and situation in Gaza

Saudi foreign minister meets French counterpart, discusses bilateral relations and situation in Gaza

PARIS: Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met on Friday with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stephane Sejourne in Paris.

The two ministers discussed Saudi-French relations and ways to enhance them as well as improve coordination on various issues of mutual concern.

The two officials also discussed the current situation in Gaza and its surroundings and the need to deliver humanitarian assistance to the civilians in the enclave.

The meeting was attended by Saudi Ambassador to France Fahd bin Mayouf Al-Ruwaili, Foreign Minister’s Office Director General Abdulrahman Al-Dawood and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Advisor Dr. Manal Radwan.


Shoura Council arrives in Algiers for Arab parliamentary forum

Shoura Council arrives in Algiers for Arab parliamentary forum
Updated 25 May 2024
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Shoura Council arrives in Algiers for Arab parliamentary forum

Shoura Council arrives in Algiers for Arab parliamentary forum
  • The conference will be held in Algiers on May 26-27
  • Al-Sheikh said that the Shoura Council’s participation in the conference stems from the Kingdom’s commitment to supporting joint Arab action

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council, has arrived in the Algerian to lead the Kingdom’s delegation to the 36th Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The conference will be held in Algiers on May 26-27, and will be attended by heads of parliaments and councils from Arab countries.

Al-Sheikh was received by Brahim Boughali, President of the Algerian National People’s Assembly and President of the 36th session of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union; Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Busairi, the Saudi Ambassador to Algeria, and other officials upon his arrival at Houari-Boumediene International Airport,

In an earlier statement, Al-Sheikh said that the Shoura Council’s participation in the conference stems from the Kingdom’s commitment to supporting joint Arab action, and its continued interest in establishing security, stability, and peace in Arab countries and the world.

The council seeks to support official diplomacy by taking part in regional and international parliamentary meetings and conferences, or through reciprocal visits to enhance parliamentary cooperation with various parliaments around the world, he said.

A consultative meeting between heads of parliaments before the conference will discuss several topics to be presented by its permanent committees, the Palestine Committee; the Social Affairs, Women, Children, and Youth Committee; and the Political Affairs and Parliamentary Relations Committee.

The Shoura Council delegation includes council member and member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union Bandar bin Mohammed Asiri, council members Issa bin Mohammed Al-Issa and Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Yahya, and several council staff members.


Saudi entrepreneur converts farm into a tourism attraction in Al-Baha

Saudi entrepreneur converts farm into a tourism attraction in Al-Baha
Updated 25 May 2024
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Saudi entrepreneur converts farm into a tourism attraction in Al-Baha

Saudi entrepreneur converts farm into a tourism attraction in Al-Baha
  • Al-Barouqi Tourist Farm owner Ahmed Al-Barouqi rehabilitated the farm while preserving its agricultural terraces, famous trees and old wells
  • The farm is enjoying a surge in demand due to recent rainfall, the pristine atmosphere and the natural beauty of the area

AL-BAHA: A farmer in Al-Mandaq Governorate has turned his passion and hobby into a thriving tourism project.

Ahmed Al-Barouqi, who owns Al-Barouqi Tourist Farm in the governorate, northwest of Al-Baha, takes advantage of the mild climate and natural beauty of the area, including its agricultural terraces, historic village and picturesque valley, to attract visitors.  

With a mild climate and natural beauty of the area, the farm has become a tourist attraction.  (SPA)

The Saudi Press Agency interviewed Al-Barouqi, the young farmer in Al-Tarf, Wadi Rusba, behind Al-Barouqi Tourist Farm.

“My relationship with agriculture spans over 27 years, having grown up in a family surrounded by farms,” he said. “This inspired me to invest in the farm in Al-Tarf village, where we have fond childhood memories of planting grape, almond and fruit trees.

“I was determined to create a rural tourism investment model that harmonizes with the region’s natural features and moderate climate, providing a unique experience for visitors to the province,” he added.

Al-Barouqi said he rehabilitated the farm while preserving its agricultural terraces, famous trees and old wells. He created paved paths and seating areas and opened scenic views of the adjacent valley by adding seating areas.

Popular dishes, including tannour bread, coffee, and tea are offered to visitors in the farm. (SPA)

He also offers popular dishes, including tannour bread, coffee, and tea.

He highlighted the success of implementing drip irrigation for strawberry crops, which aligns with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. This initiative has added value to the farm and its visitors, creating new agricultural investment opportunities and promoting a diverse agricultural culture. By diversifying products and experimenting with various crops, the farm aims to achieve self-sufficiency in producing crops for local markets.

Fruits are abundant in the farm. (SPA)

Al-Barouqi said: “Farming has created over 20 seasonal job opportunities for young men and women in the region and established sites for productive families.

“We have a comprehensive development plan and vision for the farm that includes agricultural, recreational and investment aspects. Investing in this sector results in pioneering commercial projects that provide a distinctive tourism experience in the Al-Baha region,” he added.

The farm is enjoying a surge in demand due to recent rainfall, the pristine atmosphere and the natural beauty of the area.