Situated on the Persian Gulf and sharing borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Kuwait is one of the richest countries in the world. This pair of photographs (see also M.2013.184.1) comes from the series Boundaries, which depicts life in Kuwait for the affluent and educated twentysomething generation caught between sophisticated technology and unbridled consumerism, and religious tradition and social conservatism. Working with the photographer Djinane Alsuwayeh, Abdullah Al Saab carefully staged and constructed each image in the series. Some are intentionally tongue-in-cheek, as in Technology Killed Reality, and others express his own personal frustrations.
Trained in interior design, Abdullah Al Saab began creating clothes in 2008. He has recently turned to conceptual design and photography, as reflected in the series Boundaries, where he incorporates his own line of clothes and explores his interest in merging art and fashion.