I work with materials and interpersonal engagement to give visibility to the herstories I am connected to as a first-generation Egyptian woman in the U.S. I make installations, collage, and paintings grounded in embodied understandings of the female body, migration, and diaspora, against the backdrop of our post 9/11 world. The female form gets abstracted, becoming a hybrid of landscape and figure, that is the site of political personal violence and transformation. In my installations, I layer figures, threads, Arabic and English writing, and transparent fabrics to shape a sensual psychological landscape. Through ongoing interactive research with women in my communities, I have built a small archive of their writings to source from. I remix their writings with my own.
Photo credit: Shaheen Nazerali