What You See - What I Am represents a struggle to live and deal with a deformed identity.
Being a muslim dealing with a deformed identity is not only a challenge but also a frustration. The threat of being associated with terrorism can often become a rigid part of their identity. With growing Islamophobia all over the world, muslim individuals remain in constant tension between two extremes of what their identity is and what it is not.
What You See - What I Am is represented through two artworks. The first, What You See, is a projection that depicts a series of scenes that visually represent negative stereotyping. This stereotyping often ignores the fact that diversity does exist among muslim communities and can prompt people to unfairly see every individual with the same perception.
What I am is a physical, interactive piece which shows a more personal, subtle imagery. It requires the users involvement and encourages observers to be willing to develop a new perspective.
Nadia Rahat is a Visual Artist and Art Educator from Pakistan. Currently she is interested in developing interactive art works which investigate the relationships that exist between humans and machines.
Her work explores and conveys her own reactions and emotions which emerge from personal experiences. She demonstrates her understanding of personal, social, and political fronts which affect us all both individually and collectively. The inspiration for her artworks comes from variety of sources including personal experiences, artists, people, events, miniature paintings, books, comics, and electronic media.
Nadia’s work has been exhibited within Pakistan, Japan, USA, Canada, London, Dubai, Algeria, Thailand, and Nepal. In addition to curating exhibitions within Pakistan and at DIFC Dubai, she was also Artist in Residence at National Council of Arts, Pakistan and Bikalpa Contemporary Art center Nepal.