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Nan Samuel

Free Member, Hong Kong

About me

The theme that has been developing in my art work over the past 2 years lays around the Middle Eastern society, so influenced by my own culture and background; I tried to express my ideas about the oppression over women and minorities (e.g. homosexuals), which has gradually refined from a general interest in Islamic patterns, Arabic calligraphy and architecture to a more personal to reflect my depiction of how women and minorities are treated in the middle east ,in the society I m part of. I always question the relationship between myself, society and the inequalities that exist. Using items in my work like the veil and the Islamic patterns to symbolize the Arab societies,
Attempting to draw attention to the richness and beauty of the culture itself but at the same time depicting the way the values are structured. My art has developed from simple abstract paintings to body paint and photography; in which I presented my photos in the naked nature and nu style to show the whole beauty of human body. The idea here was to show the contrast between different values (e.g. Freedom vs. oppression) to reach this purpose I ‘ve used a Special illumination that helps to place the correct accents of the body and used paint and calligraphy to show the interaction between human and society, we’re both part of each others. I was inspired by an Iranian female artist ‘Sherin Nashat’ in the way she uses Arabic calligraphy on body parts .

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  • Dennis Veldman 20/04/2006 11:10

    Hoi Nancy!
    Thank you for your comment on "
    I called it Storm in the valley of the dolls, because "Storm" wanted to look like a mannequin doll, like the ones you see in the background. Like a doll in a warehouse that has to be dressed to show the clothing they sell..
    We made her dream come true, and now she will forever be in the valley of the dolls :))

    was it hard to find submission part 1?
    Did you know Theo van Gogh was murderder also because of this movie and his strong opinion about the Islam?

    Keep up the good work!
    Talk to you soon,

    PS: Welcome to FC!!
  • Mahmoud Hnini 16/04/2006 6:00

    hi my lady
    I'm from syr
  • When 11/04/2006 12:49

    Welcome to FC. Hope you enjoy it here. The best way to get noticed and to get comments on your work is to comment on other's portfolios. If you need any help navigating the website, feel free to ask. Be sure to join us in the forums. See you around, and welcome to the gang.
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