Fatima Mortada will take part of the first edition of Xabaca project in Barcelona.
Fatima Mortada is an emerging Lebanese artist who graduated from the Lebanese University with first class honours Diploma in Fine Arts in 2007.
In 2009, she moved to the UK to pursue higher education at university of Southampton, Winchester School of Art where she got her MA Fine Art (with distinction) in 2010, and a full 3 years scholarship for the PhD programme.
She has participated in several group exhibitions in Lebanon, France, UK and Jordan.
She held her first solo exhibition at Mark Hachem Gallery – Beirut in 2014.
Upon being in the UK and having exposed to the contemporary art scene, Mortada realised her inclination to address issues of identity and conflict that refer to the social background she comes from: the Middle East. She has been experiencing a wide range of techniques and materials from drawing, printmaking and painting to soft sculpture, installation, film, knitting and sewing.
“I believe that my art is breaking a taboo by investigating gender hierarchies and the politics of sexuality in the Arab world. I research how female powers were represented historically, especially in mythologies; then appropriate the findings of my research to the situation of the female in the contemporary Middle East.
My art works are travelling experiments through variations of concepts and mediums that address the body, sexuality, dress codes and female powers. I am not fixed to one medium of expression, but I practice drawing, painting, printmaking, soft sculpture, knitting, weaving, sewing, film and performance.
The thread forms the main element in my work. I am inspired by the feminine archetypes of creation and magic in ancient mythologies, such as the Egyptian ISIS and the Greek PENELOPE and ATHENA. The transition from line to thread in my work s chimes in with my desire to transmit my art from the abstract line of drawing into something that can be observed concretely. That is, to transmit myself from thinking to action, to become an activist I meant.”
Xabaca project has the support of: