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ARTIST STATEMENT

Artist Statement

I believe in valuing the quiet, the subtle, the refined and the delicate, which I see as a reflection of my Arabic and Moroccan cultural heritage and upbringing.

 

My work is propelled by a fascination with the complexity of the human body in its most beautiful simplicity. My research is anchored in an interest in experiential tangible phenomena within the body which may be subtle and not yet visible. This somatic research is often played out through a rigorous questioning of added embellishment, forceful spectacle, and gratuitous outward displays of virtuosity.

 

My work is often an invitation towards a softer, more contemplative way of experiencing dance and movement.

 

The connections between the voice and the body as vehicles for affect that precede cognition also deeply inspire me. The body’s status in relation to object-hood and the performative potential of objects and physical materials is another area of interest in my work.

 

Through my creations, as my act of resistance to the loud and dominant discourse, I am inviting audiences to hear a softer voice – my voice, as a woman and as an Arab North-African Muslim, and I am encouraging them to possibly reposition their expectations and re-examine their preconceived notions about what these kind of voices have to say.