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LAST CHANCE Noor Bahjat: Vantage Point
Noor Bahjat was one of the first participants in the Young Artist in Residency Program established by the Samawi Foundation, and during her two-year residency in Ayyam Gallery she developed a painterly expressionistic style with a primary focus on figurative subject matter. Vantage Point represents a follow-up to her graduation solo show with Ayyam in 2015.
Noor Bahjat’s colourful portraits investigate unconventional representations of women, primarily focusing on the female experience and their respective surroundings. Intimate human actions and various manifestations of “beauty” are her inspiration, allowing ideas of transformation to drift into dream-like compositions. The artist’s recurring use of obstruct bodies or subversive spaces are meant to give her protagonist alternative identities, thus tapping into the significance of masquerade as indicators of social, psychic, and political conditions of modern life.
In her most recent works, Bahjat appropriates and re-contextualizes collage images from the mass media to create dynamic and multi-layered compositions that offer a juxtaposition to her pastel canvases. By creating metaphoric and bold collisions and combinations of fragmented imagery, Bahjat is able to address the dominant role of media that filters our daily experiences and influences our perception of the socially constructed roles of women, popular culture and society.
Above: Noor Bahjat, Earth 2, 2018