Identity, a form that is constantly innovated and reshaped, is exciting to some but frightening to others. We aim to question the legitimacy defining the Khaleeji identity and ultimately conclude that Khaleejiness is a new plane upon which we currently roam, experiencing both the confinement and freedoms of our space and self-realization. Therefore, there is no final answer to the question “What is a Khaleeji?” as no single, shared meaning can extract any common definition to such an identity. This book considers the works of 16 curated Khaleej-based photographers, commentary by the SWALIF editors, and external writing contributions by five global academic cultural practitioners.
About the Brand
SWALIF Publishing House is an independent collective based in the UAE with the goal of providing Youth in the SWANA region an avenue through which they are able to propose, produce, and propel their work into actualized projects.
SWALIF Collective intends to become the main platform where aspiring, emerging writers and artists come to explore their craft and showcase their work to the world. We hope to build community and connection amongst people through bringing together art and literature by publishing books/magazines, participating in galleries, hosting exhibitions, and facilitating conversations through social media and other mediums.”