Art for Change

Artist statement

At What Cost?


Between buying golden finery, renting a hall, and catering for masses of guests, some Omani youth have found that the joy of marriage requires a bank loan. They are stuck in seas of expenses, tied down by the crimson thread of loans, and the cost of marriage keeps rising higher and higher like a tide. Yet this is what society expects. Parents say, “Get married and make us happy.” Society wants them to responsibly build a family home. Tied down in the sea, some youth are closing their eyes and holding their breath. “Let the waves crash on me,” they cry, “I hope this is worth it.”

  • Mahmood Al Zadjali
  • 2020
  • Photography

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