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Neama A. Alsudairy

Putting Riyadh on the Art Map

BY Reza Faroughi

NEAMA A. ALSUDAIRY, Self Portrait, 2012, pencil and charcoal drawing, 20.3 x 25.4 cm. Courtesy the artist. 

“The Saudi Arabian art scene is becoming more and more diverse. As a consequence, over the last few years it became increasingly apparent that a space dedicated to the contemporary arts and visual dialogue was long overdue,” explains Neama A. Alsudairy, the soft-spoken, American-educated, 29-year-old founder and director of Alãan Artspace. As Riyadh’s first contemporary art venue, Alãan—which means “now” in Arabic—was…

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