Feature: Saudi Artist Heba Abed

Heba  Abed, is a Saudi Fine Artist based in Jeddah. She is interested in the concept of Scotoma, women rights and society.

Heba Abed’s work explores scotoma, or the ‘blind spot’, and its potential applications in her society, particularly within subjects that are often overlooked such as incorrect translations of Arabic or the substitution of symbols for Arabic phonemes that do not exist in European languages.f24e2c_40cb1fca54384c67b69c34aba55bfbed~mv2_d_2942_4134_s_4_2Scotoma is a Greek word of darkness it means an area of partial alteration in the field of vision consisting of a partially diminished or entirely degenerated visual acuity that is surrounded by a field of normal – or relatively well-preserved – vision. And Heba uses the term to address an overlooked element in our society, specifically the loss of the legacy of Arabic which is being over washed by “Franco” Arabic. She is also keen on highlighting the neglected feminist arguments in her society.tr32

Heba uses diversity in her work. She can sketch, shoot, paint, draw and visualize the ideas in her mind. For now, she is concentrating in drawing paintings, mix media including graphic design. Renaissance and the old Islamic manuscript, motifs and the gold ages are her passion. She has been participating in many exhibitions around the world, and has also been a part of Young Saudi Exhibition last year.

Heba has shown her work in a few important exhibitions such as the X edition of the Florence Biennial, RomArt Biennale 2015, the 55th Venice Biennale 2013 as part of the collateral exhibition Rhizome, curated by Edge of Arabia, and the Art weeks in Jeddah. 


Follow Heba here: @hebaabed_art

View her website here:  www.hebaabed.com

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