PHOTOS: Nouf Alhimiary
WHAT SHE WORE
"What She Wore is a series of pictures, it’s a spinoff the popular concept Outfit of The Day. Seeing as how women globally post pictures of their different outfits that match different and various occasions (something even Saudi women participate in when out of the country), I was inspired to make a Saudi version of it, and so here you have it, many portraits of many different women on different dates and in many different places wearing what they normally would when in those places, which is always and Abaya, rendering it the unchangeable outfit of the day. Now these women are in places that also differ in importance from a supermarket or a fast-food chain to an office or university. Something that many noted in the opening was how all these women from a far looked like the same person, which could make you also wonder why we’re prohibited from showcasing our sense of individuality."
Nouf is a young photographer whose work explores notions of feminism in Saudi Arabia through a journalistic and conceptual approach. These are seemingly ordinary, deadpan images of several women’s daily life in Saudi Arabia, yet they encourage the viewer to consider and expand the conversation of subject matter that has long been oversimplified. I think she will do great things…she already is.
See more of her work at www.noufling.com.