Experiences

Ma

“Ma” is a video installation piece dedicated to my mother, exploring how the passage of time affects movement.

 

The silhouettes of two South Asian dancers of different generations, Rita Nezami and Naqiya Choonawala, were recorded and presented through shadow dance (a meaningful memory that I grew up with). This original footage was then projected onto a maze of sarees, draped in a gallery space to create an immersive environment. The audience of the installation experienced these ethereal dancers layered into the space, transitioning from youth to old age. As the visitors walked through the installation, they witnessed their own shadows moving alongside the dancers, creating a dynamic visual conversation between those present and absent.

 

Exhibited in New York.  

Invisible energies

"Invisible Energies" is a video installation exploring the beauty of flow.

A series of videos featuring multiple experiments of inks diluting in water were recorded and flipped upside down to create a sensation of active energy. These videos were then projected large scale in various gallery spaces. The mesmerizing and photogenic quality of the moving inks seduced the audience to immerse themselves in the projected space. The natural tendency for the audience to start dancing within the projections mimicked the flow of the ink, as if being moved by invisible energies. 

Exhibited in New York and Bangladesh. 

Ardh, Mai, Nar, Hawa

"Ardh (Earth), Mai (Water), Nar (Fire), Hawa (Air)" is a video series exploring the four elements through bellydance.

In this collaboration with dancer Laila Kharrat and musician Mosheer Antar, the elements of earth, water, fire, and air were transformed into kaleidoscopes as an homage to Islamic geometric art. Through intentional styling, choreographed dance, and adapted music, each element’s unique energy and visual quality is represented through four different videos. The captivating and fragmented imagery serves as its own piece as well as projection material for live performances, where the dancer is immersed in her own image.

Exhibited in Dallas.