Artist Research (part 2)

Multicultural Artists – exploring the connection between culture & identity

El Seed

fuses Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to paint colorful, swirling messages of hope and peace on buildings from Tunisia to Paris.

Lalla Essaydi

Her art, which often combines Islamic calligraphy with representations of the female body, addresses the complex reality of Arab female identity from the unique perspective of personal experience.  In much of her work, she returns to her Moroccan girlhood, looking back on it as an adult woman caught somewhere between past and present, and as an artist, exploring the language in which to  “speak” from this uncertain space.  Her Henna material paintings often appropriate Orientalist imagery from the Western painting tradition, thereby inviting viewers to reconsider the Orientalist mythology.

“In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses — as artist, as Moroccan, as traditionalist, as Liberal, as Muslim.  In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes.”

Amani Al Thuwaini


half Kuwaiti / Ukranian artist – Arab traditions + feminism

Ali Al Shehaabi


Fashion + Arab culture appropriation



Saudi filmmaker – expressing true identity + culture appropriation

Yinka Shonibare

His work explores cultural identity, colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation.



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