Zuhoor Al Sayegh discusses ‘Sadu’ weaving as a way to reroute feminism from a western stand point to a regional one. She assesses the technical aspects of Sadu weaving, the importance of mobility and the institutional role in safeguarding craft while drawing on de-colonial and post-colonial feminist theory.
Aisha AlAhmadi attempts to deconstruct subconsciously internalized and inherited colonial ideologies through reclamation of identity pegged in contemporary art. AlAhmadi canonizes three female artists from the United Arab Emirates, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Dr. Najat Maki, and Nujoom Al Ghanem to explore language, culture, and perceptions of a post-colonial self.
Here Khalid Abdulla looks at the contemporary social role of collections in the Gulf. He analyzes how collections become modes for addressing and building identity, through the construct of art as a soft power. Abdulla highlights how and why “the object” is important when understanding historical constructs whilst enunciating that a collection becomes a direct reflection of the importance of its holder.