She grew up in a backward town in the Saudi desert, but found escape in video games and Japanese anime. Now Sarah Hemmaida is turning those forbidden glimpses of the female body into darkly erotic art
The images are stark and shocking. They show a naked female torso being menaced by dancing scissors. What makes them all the more potent is that they were created by a young Sudanese woman who was brought up in conditions of fear, repression and strict Islamic observance in Saudi Arabia. Sarah Hemmaida, 26, blames her early life with her father for the feelings of shame and guilt that still dog her artistic ambitions – and, at least partly, for the apparent suicide of her brother Abdu, 21, under a train at Romford station in London last year.
Hemmaida’s nudes can be seen at “Art As Opportunity” exhibit in Mother, London until 24 September.The exhibit is organized by Made Corrections that features the work of artists whose artworks are considered outsiders of mainstream art and culture.
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