How we dress ourselves today reflects a multitude of attitudes towards liberation and that freedom is the knowledge of ourselves. Nora’s Cloth is an Ibsen Scholarship awarded art installation project. Gender roles, traditional clothing, education and faith are broad themes of the year long study. Inspired by passages in the third act of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, the project Nora’s Cloth explores young women from Khartoum, Sudan living at home or in Nordic countries. The installation includes a collection of videos, portraits and silk-screen prints displayed in association with a studio table installation of the artist’s process.
Using photography, mixed media and video, my aim was to present a work of art that depicts portraits of women and their voices creating a conversation about their sense of self. This work looks at the presence or absence of the symbol of hijab or traditional clothing,with the backdrop of Islam, thereby showcasing contemporary Sudanese women’s perspectives as a way of introducing or reintroducing audiences to the feminine.
As a young muslim woman I have explored my place in society and in the home, much like Ibsen’s Nora. Traveling between the global north and south through out much of my young life has encouraged a self reflexive habit. The representation of mixed heritages, misconceptions and stereotypes of muslim women among the international community have been investigated through the development process of the project.
W3 Gallery, London, UK.
Match Stick Museum, Jönköping, Sweden.
CMI, Bergen, Norway.
Konsthögskolan, Stockholm, Sweden.