Talk to me in Arabic, Sincerely Grandma,
Preserving the national identity becomes an alarming issue here in UAE. How
each generation (the old and the new generation) views and interacts to this issue?
"e new generations do not see the national identity as something perceivable; they
try to add new elements to their national identity in order to make #t to the new
century that they are living in. As the new generations do that, the old generations
try to get rid of the additive elements and try to protect the new generations from
their own ideas. Between this and that, the generations lose their connection and
they create what is called “the lost generation” which refers to the new generation.
In this artwork, I show the old lady who represents the old generation and the
young man who represents the new generation. "e young man who tries to mutate
the traditional part of his national identity, which is, in this case is the traditional
dress (Safra and Agaal) to a hip neck scarf. He tries to communicate with his
grandmother through a mixture of Arabic and English language. His grandmother
tears as she fails to understand her grandchild. "e way she looks to the audience as
she is asking them (what should I do). "rough her eyes she invited the audience to
feel her agony.
Sikka Art Fair,2014, Mixed Media
I Am Not A Number
We are living in a society that is de#ned by materialistic measures. Emirati
men spend so much money on their car plates, sometime its normal
to see the car plates more expensive than the car itself. It should not be
Emirati priority and worry. I researched about this topic and I found
that we are the biggest spenders in the world when it comes to car plates.
Moreover, I started asking people around me if they su$er about this
problem; unfortunately many people are su$ering from debts. I thought
there should be more awareness about this topic; I chose to make this
issue as my senior project. For my senior project I will create two videos
that discuss the car plate numbers, using a rotoscoping technique. "e
animation video shows the reaction of two girls: one who loves number
plates, and one who has other priorities in a future husband...
Whether your name is Amna or Mariam or
Asma, your name will still represent your
Identity. The question here does the name
frame your personality or does your personality frame
your name? According to researchers, names are what
distinguish individuals from each other’s. We do not get
the chance to choose our names; it’s our parents’ choice.
There are people who do not like their names for various
reasons, for example, people pick on them because
of their names, or because they do not feel that their
names represent them well. This might affect them negatively;
they will think low of themselves and they might
become isolated. From here we can see that names can
impact people’s personality profoundly and this would
answer our question that names frame our personality.
On the other hand, we can commonly hear from parents
that they chose the name of their child because they
want their child to grow up and become like the one
who was name after. Parents think that if they chose the
name of celebrity that their child would grow up and become
like that celebrity, either having the same personality
of that celebrity or becoming himself a celebrity.
This would answer our question differently; the answer
would be that personality frames our names
The sheikha manal young artist award,2013,Mixed Media