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Contemporary female artists from Saudi Arabia

– Fonāna

Foam proudly presents the exhibition Fonāna (فنانة), meaning ‘female artist’ in Arabic. This showcase delves into the world of eight contemporary female artists from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, capturing their candid perspectives from within the nation. It offers a unique perspective on a country that, by Western standards, is often seen as conservative and of which the accessibility to outsiders is sometimes underestimated.

About the exhibition

The exhibition brings together the work of eight contemporary female artists who live or have lived in Saudi Arabia. It offers a unique perspective on a country that, by Western standards, is often seen as conservative and of which the accessibility to outsiders is sometimes underestimated. Fonāna serves as a platform for female artists from Saudi Arabia, offering an international audience a glimpse into their artistic perspectives as they navigate the multifaceted aspects of contemporary Saudi society, which include unique societal norms and local dynamics. Through their work they express personal concerns and explore their ideals.

Exhibiting artists

Sarah Abu Abdallah (Saudi Arabia, 1990)

Manal AlDowayan (Saudi Arabia, 1973)

Reem Al Faisal (Saudi Arabia, 1973)

Sara Alghesheyan (Saudi Arabia, 1993)

Jowhara AlSaud (Saudi Arabia, 1978)

Zahra Bundakji (Saudi Arabia, 1990)

Sara Khoja (Saudi Arabia, 1978)

Maha Malluh (Saudi Arabia, 1959)

The exhibition Fonāna is initiated by Foam and made possible with thanks to the Greenbox Museum. The Greenbox Museum, founded by Aarnout Helb, operates independently and free from governmental or external fund affiliations.

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Arabic calligraphy workshop

We're hosting an Arabic calligraphy workshop taught by master Mohamad Badenjki. Surrounded by art works in the exhibition, you will learn more about the history of the craftmanship and design and execute lettering with a reed pen, homemade ink and paper.  

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Middle East Culture Market 2023 © Matthijs Zondervan

Coffee Table: Ceremonies of Hospitality

Parallel to this event, we're hosting the event Ceremonies of Hospitality - Dallah W Fenjal in collaboration with Common Ground and the ceremony of making Arabic coffee or Qahwa قهوة.

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Labour of Love, W139 Hosts, September 2023 © Common Ground

The exhibition Fonāna is initiated by Foam and made possible with thanks to the Greenbox Museum. The Greenbox Museum, founded by Aarnout Helb, operates independently and free from governmental or external fund affiliations.

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This exhibition was made possible with thanks to the Greenbox Museum.

Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the City of Amsterdam.

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Contemporary female artists from Saudi Arabia

– Fonāna