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Towards An Art of Truth: A Riyadh-based Art Studio For Young Saudi Artists

Harper’s Bazaar Art | October 5, 2019

Gharem Studio, co-founded by Abdulnasser Gharem and his brother Ajlan, is a space for young artists to create freely. We get a tour from the artists in Riyadh


The King and the Jedi

NYT upfront | December 11, 2017

Is the Force with Saudi Arabia? Saudi high school students might have thought so recently after opening their social studies textbook. 

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Doctored Photo Shows Saudi Arabia's King Faisal Sitting Next To Yoda

NPR  | September 25, 2017​​​​

A textbook has a photo of the king taken in 1945 sitting next to Yoda. The artist who superimposed the Star Wars character said he has no idea how his art accidentally showed up in a textbook.

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Saudi Textbook Withdrawn Over Image of Yoda With King

The New York Times | September 21, 2017​​​​

High school students in Saudi Arabia opened their social studies textbooks this week to find that the Force was with them.

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Saudi Arabia's new wave of artists challenge boundaries

BBC News | February 1, 2016​​​​

In the conservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi youth are finding new ways to express themselves.

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Destination Riyadh | August 11, 2018

Blending into the beige suburbs of Riyadh with high walls and an unassuming gate, lies a sanctuary for artists. 

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Was geht ab? Verirrter Yoda

ZEIT LEO | Desember, 2017

Unterschrieb Yoda im Jahr 1945 einen wichtigen Vertrag? So sieht es auf dem Foto aus. 

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IGN | September 22, 2017

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education is recalling all copies of a history textbook after it emerged that they have accidentally rewritten history by including a picture of King Faisal signing the United Nations Charter in 1945, with Yoda by his side.

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Boundaries & Identity #2:

The Great Censorship Debate

NYT Art For Tomorrow | March 13, 2017​​​​

Rules written and unwritten; expression, oppression, and pressure; private sedition and the public realm. All converge in the heat of the censorship question...

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Junior Scholastic | December 11, 2017

The new Star Wars movie hits theaters this month-but high school students in Saudi Arabia recently found the Force right inside their social studies textbooks.

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Wie stoppt man


DIE ZEIT | September 27, 2017

Wer über Lügen aufklärt und sie widerlegt, gibt ihnen oft noch Auftrieb. Es gibt bessere Strategien.

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Saudi textbook features image of Yoda with King Faisal

BBC News | September 22, 2017​​​​

Saudi Arabia's education minister has apologised for the production of a school textbook in which the Star Wars character Yoda is seen superimposed on a photograph of the late King Faisal.

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Saudi Arabian artists confront Islamophobia on US road trip

The Guardian | October 18, 2016​​​​

As anti-Muslim feeling in the US is stoked by Donald Trump, a group of young Saudi Arabian artists travel from Texas to California..

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