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Out of Line: Censored Artworks by Jowhara AlSaud

Photography as an art has ventured in so many areas and it has crossed boundaries whether on fashion magazines, art galleries or other publications. Artist Jowhara AlSaud crosses over to the line of censorship and uses it in her art to provide people a thought-provoking series. See more after the break.

Censorship has been part of many countries’ cultures. It has been done to play down ideas that may seem to be too radical or provoking for public consumption. Saudi Arabia has been known for that kind of censorship and is a country that follows strict guidelines based upon norms and cultural beliefs. Artist Jowhara AlSaud uses that same censorship in her works to provide a different take on the subject matter.

AlSaud deliberately erased the faces and distinguishing marks on people in her works. The photos would have looked like they were taken during a fun holiday or get together by close friends. The faceless images may look like they were digitally done but Al-Saud did it by manually scratching the faces off negatives and results to the “drawn on” effects of the images.

Her series “Out of Line” was born out of a question as to what was acceptable in a public sphere. Censorship has a common place in Saudi Arabia and the blurred images on advertisements inspired AlSaud to explore this area of art. “Out of Line” takes on the taboos in a conservative culture and plays up the question of how much censorship is needed to apply to an artwork so that it is widely acceptable.

AlSaud used a large format analogue camera to shoot these photographs and turned them into censored art pieces reminiscent of pop art paintings but with underlying messages.

You can read her full interview with Huffington Post here for a more in-depth take on her works. You can also see more of Jowhara AlSaud’s works here.

All information used in this article were sourced from Huffington Post and Jowhara AlSaud’s site.

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