It’s a Mad World marked the first time in four years that Amin exhibited in her native country after facing censorship from local authorities. In 2012, controversy arose when a selection of paintings depicting the hidden, transgressive lives of Khaleeji men were banned from public view. Although the exhibition It’s a Man’s World was shut down, Amin’s paintings brought attention to the social mores that dominate the region, and the frequent clashes that occur between an increasingly globalised youth culture and the religiosity of traditional life in the Arabian Peninsula.
It’s a Mad World references this earlier exhibition while updating the context of Amin’s work, invoking the toll of violent conflicts that have devastated parts of the Arab world. Several paintings in It’s a Mad World depict the worsening conditions of decimated cities while commenting on the social issues that continue to affect entire populations.