Sha­had Nazer

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The 22-year-old artist and ad­ver­tis­ing ma­jor, Sha­had Nazer, shares an open­minded ap­proach to both her art and her view of the world. Whilst Sha­had’s artis­tic ex­pres­sion is el­e­gantly in­spired by Saudi cul­ture and the so­ci­etal ex­pe­ri­ences that sur­round her, her work also in­cludes in­jec­tions of cul­tural diver­sity and Western art in­flu­ence. It oozes beauty, a sense of fe­male em­pow­er­ment, con­fi­dence and dreamy in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the world.

A hy­brid of Saudi, Egyp­tian and Turk­ish ori­gins who re­sides in Saudi, Shah ad feels strongly about re­main­ing open-minded and open-hearted, ab­sorp­tive of multi-cul­tures and the beauty of peo­ple and their dif­fer­ences. In her work, Women Are From Venus, Sha­had por­trays pre­cisely this. In a very fem­i­nine way, Sha­had presents Arab women walk­ing in space on planet Venus. Sha­had’s flo­ral prints im­i­tate great Dutch painters from the 17th cen­tury, such as Jan Brueghel the El­der, which are con­trast­ingly placed yet charm­ingly com­posed with Mid­dle East­ern veiled women and Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy. As a young fe­male, im­mersed in a creative pro­fes­sion and ed­u­ca­tion, Sha­had shines a light on the strengths and beauty of women as well as some of the is­sues they face in the re­gion. Many of her art­works in­volve eye-catch­ing, aes­thet­i­cally bal­anced col­lages and mixed me­dia, which give way to the per­fect medium on which to pro­ject her creative mind.

Sha­had’s work has been ex­hib­ited in the UAE at the Festem­ber fes­ti­val in A bu D ha bi in May of this year. Her work was ad­mired by many, from au­di­ences from all over the world who thor­oughly en­joy her dream-like per­spec­tives and her adap­tions of her sur­round­ings and ex­pe­ri­ences. Her work cre­ates cu­rios­ity, leav­ing view­ers want­ing to learn more and build­ing their own in­ter­pre­ta­tions and tak­ing their own mean­ing. Sha­had says: “I've been told be­fore that my work trans­lates so many thoughts in peo­ple's mind that they couldn't ex­press.”

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