BADER'S CAMERA
BADER'S CAMERA
OIL FAMILY
OIL FAMILY
IF I FORGET YOU DON'T FORGET ME
IF I FORGET YOU DON'T FORGET ME
COLLEGE DAYS
COLLEGE DAYS
H2O
H2O
HAMAD AND MADHAWI
HAMAD AND MADHAWI
MOHAMMED AND OIL
MOHAMMED AND OIL
MOHAMMED'S PENS
MOHAMMED'S PENS
MONA'S OFFICE
MONA'S OFFICE
MUNEERA
MUNEERA
NAJD
NAJD
NASSIR
NASSIR
OIL DROP
OIL DROP
SAMIR'S CABINET
SAMIR'S CABINET
THE BRIEFCASE
THE BRIEFCASE
THE CHAIR
THE CHAIR
THE DOCTOR
THE DOCTOR
THE FIRST
THE FIRST
THREE MOHAMMEDS
THREE MOHAMMEDS
UNKNOWN
UNKNOWN
IF I FORGET YOU DON'T FORGET ME
IF I FORGET YOU DON'T FORGET ME

IF I FORGET YOU DON’T FORGET ME

I belong to a community of oil families that were spontaneously put together, they all took a collective life journey, and came back to create a culture of their own. This generation can never be replicated again, and for me it creates an impossible past to relate to … but I want to relate.

By constructing the memory of my late father’s generation of men and women at a different time than the one I knew him in, I wanted to create my own stories and personal narratives from the collective memories of these men and women … I wanted to own my past.

In times of uncertainty it becomes hard to predict the future, and by creating an emotional bond to the past I can place my self in the present and can have an understanding of the historical story I belong to … I wanted to own my future.

How do you photograph a memory that is forever changing? How do you capture a moment that existed 50 years ago in Saudi Arabia? I document the journey of the Oil men and women, one generation before me, who came from different facets of life and met each other at a single point where they took off to the future together.

Through conversations and objects that I capture, I create a hybrid experience that blurs the borders that separate the installation, the object and the photograph. I take you through an experiential journey that intensifies your sensory reactions to what is a “collective memory” of a group.

In one of my interviews an Oil man said “I was lucky to be part of a generation that saw their dreams become a reality” … I want to dream.


Produced in 2012 - Medium: Installation of photograph with a light -Silver Gelatin Prints with a 5watt incadecent bulb with black wire and 11 video interviews. Sizes: 16 x 22 inch. Editions 3 + AP