Saudi Artist Protests Guardianship Laws

Part of a mural by Saffaa

A Saudi women artist living in Australia uses her art to address the struggle of Saudi women striving to obtain more rights.

Now on display at the Sydney University  College of the Arts, the massive combination of calligraphy, graffiti and portraits includes paintings of women and girls with slogans relating to the demands of Saudi women, including the famous hashtag  #iammyownguardian, a demand an end the oppressive guardianship laws still in effect in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The artist, who goes by the name of Saffaa, moved to Australia in to study at the college in 2009 under the guise of a Saudi government scholarship.

Part of a mural by Saffaa. The writing says, "One day, you will understand, my homeland, that this rebel loved you more than the talkers."
Part of a mural by Saffaa. The writing says, “One day, you will understand, my homeland, that this rebel loved you more than the talkers.”
Part of one of Safaa's murals. The writing says, "With our own direction, we are our own guardians."
Part of one of Safaa’s murals. The writing says, “With our own direction, we are our own guardians.”

 

 

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Meira Svirsky
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org