Saudi's new breed of artists push the limits

Story highlights

  • Edge of Arabia show in Saudi Arabia for the first time after three years touring the world
  • Art is booming in Saudi and reflects a new national pride, say artists
  • Artists gently pushing at social boundaries in conservative country
The woman in the photograph's face is almost entirely covered by an ornate mask-like piece of traditional Saudi jewelry. Almost like a niqab, it leaves only her eyes showing.
Perhaps surprisingly, she is also wearing an industrial hard hat and safety jacket, and the photo is called "I Am A Petroleum Engineer." It is one of a series by the Saudi artist Manal Al-Dowayan commenting on the jobs that Saudi women do.
"We have this debate in Saudi about women's employment, and some people say women should only work in jobs tha