These photographs form part of the Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography.

This is an Art Fund initiative for the British Museum and V&A and the broad aim is to create a world-class capsule collection of major names and emerging talents in photography from the Middle East (whether living in the region or in diaspora), from 1900 to today. The Art Fund has given the two museums grants over £150,000 for the collection and additional support for the tour of the collection. Dowayan was brought up in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, in Dahran, in the semi-enclosed oil camp run by Aramco. Here women have been employed since the 1940s in contrast to other parts of Saudi Arabia. In these images she has focused on photographing women highlighting the contexts in which it is unusual for women to work.

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