Idle Contortions is a self-portrait series exhibition portraying an almost comedic take on how the physical body manifests thoughts and emotions. I was born in Jordan to a Jordanian mother and Palestinian father, a product of my paternal grandparents’ displacement from Palestine. By re-creating versions of myself in deceptively calm contortionist positions, I am reflecting on a wide-range of internal conflicts, including my identity as a Palestinian-Jordanian and chronic daydreamer, which blur the lines between reality, imagination, and memory. As a result of this, I create self-portraits that speak to my personal thoughts, and thus I believe that I am speaking to the struggles of many other people across the world, who are just as conflicted and reserved as me.
On view: Tuesday April 23rd – Friday April 26th, 2019