Series of 7 digital prints on aluminum dibond, 7 bedside tables, wood stands, paint
This photo series documents the relationship between the artist's body and her home. Placing the photographs on bedside tables with drawers open, the artist invites viewers to reconsider the intimate spaces of home and body.
Video diptych, HD projector, HD player
Projection size varies with room
The Table is a video diptych of gestures that emerge from my subconscious where I tap into a lineage of women who have come before: those who washed by hand, made rotis, ground up spices, swaddled, wrapped and comforted. By wrapping myself in the long tablecloth, I am the baby, the young child and also the grandmother wrapped in a white sari.
Wood dresser, paint, LED monitor, HD player, extension cord
Fold is a white dresser paired with a framed video monitor, seemingly hovering just above the top surface. The image on the screen shows the artist as she gathers, swaddles, compresses and embraces endless yardage of white fabric. Near the dresser there is a painted white chair, patiently watching this unfolding.
Wood table, projector, HD player, extension cord
Feast is a side lying table that yields to an image projected onto its surface – that of a belly landscape rising and falling at various intervals. Stiff horizontal
legs push out behind the table. The table could be resting or perhaps it has fallen.
Wood chair, paint, tablet, extension cord
A collection of white painted wooden chairs with an embedded video in the bottom of an upturned chair. The looped video depicts a playful image of a grown woman sitting on a table swinging her legs – an excerpted gesture enacting and recalling a childhood memory. The other chairs are clustered around ‘bearing witness' to this gesture.
digital video loop
Revelation is a video work that oscillates between the gestures of concealing and revealing the Arabic word Iqra, the first word revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. I re-imagine this Quranic story and place my own hands as the subject to receive and bury the word. In our present day the words of the Quranic revelation however variably and ornately written in calligraphy have been homogenized by dogmatic authorities and pushed towards a single interpretation. Iqra is a powerful commandment, encouraging followers to read and gain knowledge. Many stories of revelation become calcified into rigid structures. I deconstruct the single story in this video loop. By using crushed brick I reference buildings and ancient holy sites being blown up, whether by North Americans or the Taliban. In burying the word I enact the targeted dismantling of Islamic influence in Europe and North America as well as my own vacillating relationship with Islam. The residue of brick marks my hands like henna. Formally the video is composed to mimic the Canadian flag and I question notions of home and nationhood and the ground on which national identity is formed.
4 channel video loop Dimensions vary with room.
Confess Conceal takes as its starting point the metaphor of the curtain which symbolizes the segregation of various domains of our lives, be they public/private, inside/outside, or male/female.
The notion of “purdah” which means curtain in Urdu refers to the gender segregation in Muslim society. I was interested in exploring this potent social construction and placing myself within the space of purdah. While making this work I perform and move through this metaphoric cloth bringing the viewer along with me in the experience of being caught within and seeing through the curtain.
Single channel video, monitor, wood frame, glass 11 min loop
Threshold is a tromp l’oeil video installation that creates the experience of gazing out a window from within the space of a gallery. The viewer looks out onto a field of grass with a solitary kite swaying gently in the sky evoking a sense of nostalgia, childhood memories, and longing.
3 channel video installation Dimensions vary with room 7 min 17 sec loop
An intimate gesture between two people expanded to the scale of landscape. The simple exchange of cloth is wrought with political, sensual and meditative qualities. The tension in the fabric oscillates between being a protective veil and a restrictive rope.
Single channel video projection Dimensions vary with room. 4 min digital video loop
Adrift is the first part of the Water Series. A dream-like video detailing a personal journey through a series of obstacles culminating in a lyrical yet unsettling rebirth under water.
Single channel video projection Dimensions vary with room. 4 min 30 sec digital video loop
Homing explores ideas of belonging, place, community and ritual. This large scale video projection follows the artist through a psychological and physical journey through vast landscapes, winding footpaths and a mysterious pull to a place of momentary congregation. Homing creates a meditative cinematic space in which viewers experience the singularity of one body amidst many and landscape as the larger body which encompasses the whole.
Triple channel video projection Dimensions vary with room. running loop
Remember consists of three simple gestures with the tasbeeh (Islamic prayer beads) as a way to perform, deconstruct and create ritual. The individual beads become metaphors for humans and the quest for communion. A narrative emerges of a repeated ancient tradition which is released and culminated in the creation of a new horizon or place of imagination.
Digital photo series Series of 15 digital prints in lightboxes Varying dimensions (ranging from 7"x7" to 15"x20")
This series of photos investigates how space and the urban landscape changes when a spiritual or reflective action takes place in the public environment.
Double channel video installation Dimensions vary with room
This two screen projection isolates movements from the Muslim prayer. The raising finger at times conducts and leads the bowing head and at times follows behind. Spirituality and reflection can endure in even the most banal spaces.
Single channel video 5 min 3 sec video loop
Using 6 metres of fabric, the artist engages the viewer in a highly personal act, playing on notions of the gaze. The artist maintains a strong gaze of her own looking beyond the audience. The performance becomes a drawing as the fabric becomes a line that fills the space.
Purity is Half the Faith
Single channel video 1 min 33 sec
This video examines the mechanization of spiritual rituals and questions the notion of purity. Stark sound and soft image are contrasted to create a paradox of meaning.
Single channel video 2 min 34 sec
An investigation into the feeling of lightness and flight versus being grounded. Gestures of the feet and the haunting quality of being lifted are examined.
Body of Questions
10 digital prints 11" x 34" each.
This series of billboard-style posters raises questions of personal and cultural identity through the neutral rhetoric of bureaucratic questions.
they're there now
3 digital prints 28" x 22" each
This triptych offers a narrative of travel, dislocation and boundaries of homelands.
3 digital prints 6" x 10.5" each
This triptych investigates ideas of protection and surveillance within political and personal realms.