By Hend Al Mansour, Green Card Voices
“I found that in America, I could blend in. There’s a history of immigration, there are people like me here.”
When Hend Al-Mansour was diagnosed with cancer, she realized that life was too short to leave one’s dream unfulfilled.From an early age, Ms. Al-Mansour pursued a passion for art but was aware of her limitations in terms of freedom as a Saudi Arabian woman. She decided to heed her parents and become a doctor. During her medical career, Hend had been growing more and more dissatisfied with the lack of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and began to contemplate moving.In 1997, Ms. Al-Mansour seized the opportunity to move to the United States through a fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. During a medical exam, it was discovered that she had cancer. Having such a life-changing experience, Hend decided to become a full-time artist after completing her fellowship.Today, Hend’s work references identity and gender politics in Arab society and in Islamic teaching while her style pays homage to Arabic and Islamic art forms. She has participated in regional, national and international art shows. Hend co-founded the group Arab Artists in The Twin Cities and was a member of the Arab American Cultural Institute in Minnesota. Ms. Al-Mansour lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband.
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