Single Saudi Women by Wasma Mansour

Showing at PARCsPACE (Room W224),
University of the Arts London, London College of Communication,
Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SB

9 September – 10 October 2014.

Open Tuesday and Thursday 12-2pm and informally during each weekday.
Opening party and Wasma Mansour talk, 30 September, from 16:30 to 18:30.

PARC is pleased to present this remarkable series of photographs and texts made by Wasma Mansour between 2008 and 2012 when studying for her doctorate at UAL, and based in Saudi Arabia and the UK. Single Saudi Women explores the construction and reflection of the multiple identities of single Saudi women by investigating their own private spaces and possessions.

Mansour’s practice incorporates photography, oral history and text. This series manifests itself as a collection of environmental portraits whilst focussing exclusively on the biographical objects and their reflection of the identities of these women. Also displayed is a sequence of veils, titled ‘a package, of a package, of a package’. The resulting studies, photographed in a studio environment, allow these garments to be seen as displaced objects imbued with symbolism but separated from their socio-religious connotations.

This showing of Single Saudi Women, also includes Polaroids, notebooks and objects from the research process.

Single Saudi Women was first exhibited in 2012 at the Hardy Tree Gallery as part of the London Festival of Photography and has since been shown in Rome at the Piazza di Pietra Fine Art Gallery (2013), Photoquai Biennial, Paris (2013), The Body Narratives, London (2014) and Jeddah Art Week, Jeddah (2014). Mansour’s work is included in the Jameel Collection – Saudi Arabia, the Center for Photographic Arts – Bahrain and various private collections throughout the Middle East.

Dr Wasma Mansour completed her PhD at the PARC, UAL London College of Communication in 2014. She is a researcher and volunteer at PARC, a contributor to #Phonar and a regular speaker, both in the UK and abroad.

A Photography and the Archive Research Centre event.


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