SEEN AND UNSEEN
Curated by Sara Foryame, Co-curated by Amy Dean
The show features work from nine female artists of colour, based both in the UK and internationally, exploring thoughts, ideas and experiences on the theme of representation. Through mixed media, photography, film and installation, this show brings together a diverse breadth of artists from various backgrounds; engaging in dialogue on how they have been represented and how they would like to be represented.
Online catalogue: https://issuu.com/reconnectingarts/docs/representation_catalogue_issu
More about the exhibition: http://www.recpnnectingarts.com/seenandunseen
My work poses questions, to myself and to viewers, posing questions about identity politics and the idea of home and displacement.
The constant travels and the various identities I have lived, have led to artificial memories. Where is home? And who am I? Questions many of us often ask ourselves at some point in our life, or even, questions asked by other people, strangers finding ways to define us into roles we may not necessarily fit. I am the product of the collision between the many cultures that exist in my family and how does a piece of paper, a document define who I am? Should it define anyone? The project explores the personal journey of travel and identity by using collage of passport papers to mask the identity of myself and family members.
The video that accompanies this project, continues the exploration of the identity of a visible Muslim woman. In the current political climate, we are all very familiar with this topic within the media from the burkini ban to islamophobia on a rise often targeting visible Muslim women. The video brings together sourced sound clips from various media outlets discussing, debating and condemning the scarf around the world. A scarf on one’s neck or handbag has never caused so much controversy than the scarf on one’s head. The project explores how the media sculpts, prods and squeezes the depiction of Muslim women and their scarf that means so many different things to each individual. I remove the woman from the image, making no room for assumptions, and ask the viewer what does the scarf mean now?
15 second video link: https://vimeo.com/93301398
(Full Video was most recently shown in Los Angeles at the Wayside Gallery)