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This week, The Art Newspaper is in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, to bring you a special, three-part series of podcasts during a memorable week.

In the podcast

As the art fair and cultural event Abu Dhabi Art opens, we talk to two Saudi artists who have been using their art to comment on issues in their society. 

Ahmed Mater is one of Saudi Arabia’s best-known artists, both in his own country and abroad. He has produced a series of extraordinarily vivid photographs of the most sacred place for Islam—Mecca—with all of its new luxury hotels and glitz. He has also been appointed to a very important role in the cultural scene by Crown Prince Mohammed.

Manal Al Dowayan is an artist-activist, particularly engaged with the role of women in Saudi Arabia. Her work is about them, but also made with them. One of the subjects ...

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