My work philosophy is reflecting the whole feelings of dislocation and displacement which I have been experiencing since my early childhood. Moving from one city to another several times because of the nature of my father’s job, the feeling of not being able to keep in touch with the people I used to meet in each city, the movement then from one country to another and the fact that I should get used to the new life style. All these elements were and still are at the centre of my work. My work is a combination of photography and image manipulation. My camera is my main tool to record the places I visit, the architecture I see and the people I randomly meet, it is the witness of me being in these places. I employed both digital and film cameras, each of which had a different impact on my practice. Using a digital camera, it is easier to capture more photos and choose from them later, and uploading them directly to the computer is a rather straightforward process. On the other hand, using a film camera required me to be more aware of the shot I wanted to take, and to select my scenes carefully. I have also used the dark room in order to print some of the pictures by myself. This has enabled me to engage more deeply with the whole process and immerse myself in the details of the printed picture. I utilise computer software as another tool to help me in manipulating the images I capture and applying the ambiguities I feel towards the places and people in these pictures. In so doing, I strive to reflect the dislocation and hybridity that are continuously shaping the life experiences of humans in this increasingly complex world that forces previously isolated cultures to communicate and interact. In the last two years, and through an exhaustive process of shooting different places and creating the final work by manipulating these images, I began to reflect upon my practice from the perspective of a person who is looking for identity; a person who has to accept the challenge by adapting himself / herself to live in a different place from the one he/she used to live in. I also started to re-think the wide diversity of cultures in this world and to explore the contemporary issues of globalisation by blending photos of different places from different countries in one work and trying to identify the similarities and the differences at the same time and how these places can be mutually mixed to create a unique combination of reality and imaginary in one space. This ambiguity allows the viewer to actively interact with the work, and afford him/her with more freedom to build up his/ her own world. I believe that the world we are living in is in a state of continuous and unstoppable shifting and integration. Cultures are reacting to these forces by communicating with each other, creating and shaping novel hybrid complexes never witnessed before. I dedicate all my practice to reflect these dynamics, and to explore the role of art in initiating, promoting and improving dialogue, mutual understating and bridging between cultures, particularly those in the Middle East and the Western world.
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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