Syra Arts is pleased to present, a solo exhibition for Egyptian artist and photographer Marwa Adel
Born in Cairo in 1984, Marwa studied at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Cairo. She has received several international prizes for her photographic work at the European-Arab Festival of Photography in Germany, and the Emirates Photography Competition in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Marwa has participated in many international exhibitions both in Egypt and internationally in Dubai, Sweden, Senegal, Mali, England, Sharjah, and Amsterdam. A single mother, currently residing in the US, denounced her orthodox family traditions, took off her Islamic head veil "hijjab", yet in her work Marwa still wears the scars and struggles to shake off years of restrictions imposed by her male-dominated background.
Artist’s Statement: “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. Life is too short to sit around thinking about every little thing that could go wrong. To live our lives to the fullest, we must first get rid of the fear inside us. Worrying solves absolutely nothing. You're going to make plenty mistakes, then make the same ones again and a few more times. Life is about growing up and finding whom you truly are.
Our society has become so judgmental especially on women, who have to follow their society’s rules, restrictions and boundaries just to be acceptable. Society wants women to follow what's right from their point of view and it's always related to Islamic background, however for the men; they belong to another world the modern world as identified by “Google”.
The background in my photographs, depicting Google maps and Islamic mosques and buildings, shows the gap and the virtual contradiction between the two worlds and how women are trapped within this because of societal pressure. As a woman, you have to learn how to be strong and express your desire, dreams, memories, stories and feelings so that in the end you can break free from society’s imposed restrictions and put it all behind you. Women have to overcome this cage, for when there's a will, there's a way. There's no rulebook or guide to tell you how to get where you want to go. You can't spend your life caring about what other people think. It's your life, your choices and decisions. You're holding the pen to write your life story, no one else........... Embark on your own Journey.”
Syra Arts has been promoting contemporary Middle Eastern art and artists in the United States since 2011. The gallery, which represents some of the Middle East’s leading contemporary painters, sculptors, and jewelry designers, strives to give a glimpse of the depth and diversity of contemporary art the region by showcasing work by artists of different generations in a range of artistic mediums.
The exhibition shall run till 31 March 2016.
For more information or for a pdf version of this press release, please contact Sylvia Ragheb at (703) 9443824, Sylvia@syra-arts.com