Last month marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US, so it’s timely that ‘Raising the Stereotype’, an exhibition showcasing works by nine young Arab artists from across the region, raises discussion about preconceived ideas of Muslims and the Middle East in other parts of the world. Running at The Ara Gallery until October 29, the artists were selected as part of a competition, in which they were asked to deliver their voice to the rest of the world. Interestingly, each of the successful artists turned out to be women. We get inside the heads of four of them to learn more about the preconceptions of Muslims.

You See Is Not What You See
By Imann Aldakheel, 26, from Saudi Arabia

The artist on her work.
‘The figure shown sitting here is the person behind the stereotypes – the person that you don’t know. It shows them from the inside, away from the exterior that others see. When we see people we have this impression of them, usually from their appearance, but we don’t always have the correct impression. My message is to try not to judge people from what you’ve heard or think they are.’

What is the most widely held misconception about Arab culture?
‘That the Arab world is backwards and uncivilised.’