Solo Exhibition of Shadia Alem, Rochan Gallery, Jeddah, 1999.

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“Shadia’s scattered treasures, brought together for the first time as a collection in this retrospective, reveal the interrelating articulation of her artistic expression for almost a decade. Although some artists are acquainted with Shadia’s work through reproductions, her original paintings have been viewed only by a very few. For despite the closeness of her experience to the very heart of the spiritual intricacies of Saudi art, Shadia’s work has been notably absent from art exhibitions both locally and throughout the Arab world.”

Assad Arabi