Geographically nestled in the Arabian gulf between Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, Oman is rarely an object of attraction for international attention.
However, the quiet and peaceful sultanate of the modern minded the former king Sultan Qaboos, couldn’t be living a most fascinating creative moment. Within its metropolitan flavor, exhibitions and art collectives, the capital Muscat is becoming a “one to watch” artistic hub with a blossoming art scene and a very diverse art producers and consumers. Ruqayia, 29 years old illustrator and painter in her art addresses the issue of how people think that Arab women are restricted in their freedom, Abdulrahim, 30 years old, inter-disciplinary artist, works on provocative issues aiming to get his community to be able to talk about any topic in public and Mohammed al Kindy ( in art Chndy), is revolutionizing Swana fashion standards and the representation of his country by using people from the street as models for his own fashion label “shabab”. Those guys, together with Fatma al Bakry, first Swana Puma Ambassador and successful dj, Eman Ali, politically engaged photographer, Ali Sarji conceptual photographer working on African diaspora , are the new generation of Oman and their huge popularity is echoing around the Gulf countries and is supported by thousands of Arab Millennials.
Omani Shabab is a choral portrait of the Omani youth, shot in January 2019 and published by Io Donna ( Weekely supplement of Il Corriere) and by Vice Arabia.