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JEDDAH: In honor of Saudi Arabia’s founding day, 20 female artists from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Yemen came together to show their love and appreciation for the Kingdom through through art.

The exhibition, “Saudi Arabia in their eyes”, was held at the Saudi Society for Culture and Arts and was opened by the former director general of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Makkah region and Mohammed Al-Subaih, director of SASCA.

The event drew crowds who witnessed artwork documenting Saudi Arabia’s heritage and international artists’ loyalty to their second home.

Speaking to Arab News, curator of the exhibition, Moona Mohammed, said the event aimed to express “love through a real interpretation of belonging to Saudi Arabia”.

She said, “We are very honored to be invited by the prestigious Saudi Society of Arts and Culture to showcase our talents on the occasion of the Saudi Foundation Day. It gives us immense pleasure to be able to express our love, dedication and appreciation for this country we call home, away from home. We are grateful to Saudi Arabia and its people for allowing us to be part of their country and their lives and for giving us opportunities in their visions and the development of this great land.

Moona, originally from India, has lived in the Kingdom for ten years. “And on this occasion, we would like to take the opportunity to represent Saudi Arabia through our eyes as an artist, we are grateful to Allah for the abundant lives we have spent here,” she said. .

Honorable Guest, Saud Al-Shiekhi said, “It is a great initiative from these expatriates to show their love for this country through their creative artworks. Art knows no country, no nationality, no color, but the true artist is the one who can bring out what is in him.

“What I saw today is art comparable to international works.”

Indian-born artist Rehan Aziz drew for the Crown Prince, Vision 2030 and famous landscapes from various parts of the Kingdom, and said the painting was an expression of his love for the country, adding that it presented the culture and heritage of Saudi Arabia.

When asked why she was doing this for Saudi Arabia, the 22-year-old artist said: “Because I was born here, I love this country, I love the people and I want to live here for always.”

Inspired by the Saudi air show during the National Day celebration, 13-year-old Alyza Khan participated with a painting of a Saudi airline plane. Her father, Captain Mohammed Tariq Khan, who has worked for Saudi Arabia Airlines as a pilot for the past ten years, said: “My daughter loves going to the Corniche to watch the Saudi Air Show and she can’t wait to do it. other paintings about Saudi Arabia that we love as a family.

Kristen T. Prall