Saudi Automobile, 2011

Sarah Abu Abdallah
Saudi Automobile, 2011
Colour video LCD with sound, scrap car and pink paint
10 minutes (looped)
Courtesy of the artist and Alāan Artspace, Riyadh
Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation


Through references to gender roles and the female experience, Sara Abu Abdallah's work explores issues of obscurity and value, probing the social and cultural conditions of contemporary Saudi Arabia.

Abu Abdallah’s work has been exhibited internationally, at venues including Ala–an Artspace, Riyadh (2012); Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation (2010) and the Tenri Cultural Institute, New York(2009).

Initially trained as a painter, she was later attracted to the documentary capacities of the camera as well as the possibilities inherent in video and performance, and she now creates works in multiple media.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Film Platform (December 2019)
Sharjah Biennial 11


Abu Abdallah, Sarah

Saudi Automobile

In this video, Sarah Abu Abdallah is seen painting the shell of a wrecked car with light pink paint, a gesture of defiance against Saudi Arabia’s prohibition on women drivers, which makes mobility the exclusive privilege of men.