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Reverse-Orientalism, feminism inform work of Omani artist Eman Ali

Sexuality, the performance of gender, and religious and socio-political ideologies are at the forefront of Omani artist Eman Ali's art, and her hybrid of artistic expression ranges from photography to installation.
Corridor of Power

There are times in which both the life and work of an artist are in communication, representing a stance against conservatism, and paving the path for others to express themselves more freely. This is certainly the case with Omani photographer Eman Ali, 36. “Through my life and art I want to leave a legacy of courage,” told Al-Monitor. “I hope to inspire future women, especially those living in Oman, to be brave, to push against the grain and harness the power of their own voice and creativity.”

One of the hottest and boldest artists from the Gulf, Ali is a sophisticated woman whose attitude and allure recall Italian singer from the 1960s Mina. Born in London and raised in Oman, she constantly travels between London, Manama and Muscat, realizing much of her work in the Gulf, and reviving her connection and roots in these three cities.

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