As expected, talented artist Nadia Al-Foudery’s arresting photo-embroidery exhibition at Sultan Gallery was indeed a treat for art lovers.
A graduate of the University of Miami, Nadia is a Greek-Kuwaiti artist based in Athens. She developed an interest in art quite early in her life, which was duly encouraged by her parents. Travelling and experimenting with different art forms for the past four years, Nadia travelled to Iran and the bazaar of Yazd, in the winter of 2007 and was heavily influenced by its splendor. She artist acknowledges that this voyage provoked her to develop her own genre and an expressive style of work by creating imagery and narrative simultaneously.
For Nadia, art is a medium through which she expresses herself the best. Bordering on the realms of abstraction, her art work tells a story. In her untitled black and white images taken from the interior and exterior of the bazaar, both from the ground and also from the mud roofs, Nadia has managed to catch the essence of Yazd. Her work is delicate and resonates with the language of mystery. There is a sense of beauty and intimacy in her work.
Exploring boundaries is crucial to Nadia. Her skillful incorporation of material such as net, lace, crochet and beads transcend the mundane and add a soft, feminine touch to the images that are mounted on a canvas. While defining the process, Nadia explains that the photographs are taken with black and white film. These are the starting points of her work. Once printed, she hand embroiders on the papers’ surface, and then lights the work from behind to give it an additional dimension.
What emerges through these images is “a living canvas where the earth, the sun, the material and imaginary worlds are fused. Inherently abstract and designed to be seen in both natural light and semi-darkness,” remarks Nadia. Her feel for the architecture and her sense of composition is quite imposing. Her works are untitled and only bear numerals. “I want to respect the viewer by allowing him/her the freedom to identify the images however they want, without my influence. Once the work is finished, it no longer belongs to me, and therefore the matter is out of my hands, as in the naming of things,” she notes.
Parallel to the exhibition held in Kuwait, Nadia’s work is also being shown at Benaki Museum, in Athens from November to January. This unique photo-exhibition is a celebration of the young talent. Nadia may be new to the art world, but she sure is brilliant and an artist to watch out for.