Our artist in residence for 2019 will be artist, Hanaa Cara.She will be producing works related to the theme of ‘Culture and Space in the United Kingdom’
Hanaa Cara (born 1993, Manchester, United Kingdom) is a visual and performance artist based in Islington Mill, Salford. She studied BA HONS Film Studies at the University of Hull in 2015, before moving to Manchester and joining a year-long intensive programme at Islington Mill Art Academy, a free peer-led art school. Her artistic practice deals with themes of identity, trauma and bodies. As an artist with British Indo- Mauritian heritage, she is interested in exploring ideas of otherness within her work. In ‘A Performance of Violence’ (2018) the artist focused on the notions of the white male saviour in relation to imperial hegemony and colonial labour within India, exploring the East vs West dichotomy and her personal place within its complex history. Within her installation and performance piece, she explored primordial notions of trauma; relating to Kristeva’s theory of primal notions and abjection creating a sense of womb-like claustrophobia in minimalist symbolism and repetitive motifs. Her artistic practice encompasses an experimental approach to artistic mediums including photography, collage, and painting. Through her digital collage and abstract photography works, she creates a sense of depersonalization the viewer from the works by creating hyperreal dream environments on a 2D canvas. These experimental modes of practice allow the artist to further explore and challenge dichotomies surrounding identity politics.