Taste the air change, 2022
Decal tiles, vinyl, blown glass, rose and jasmine petals, diffuser oil with olive, almond, jasmine and juniper.
120 x 120 x 30 cm
Revealed Blindspot, 2022
Dyed sand, foam, decal ceramic tiles, gravel
180 x 170 x 30 cm
Using a psycho-geographical approach, these works weave together disparate locations of personal attachment with cultural reflection and personal mementos to both echo and create a form of heterotopia and echos idea of space being both a physical and shifting psychological realm. Particularly influenced by the heterotopic spaces of roadside shrines and Islamic Paradise Gardens, Hamaoui uses tempting haptic textures to elicit a transportive immensity. Creating a surreal image, which is identifiable as a certain place, but with uncanny qualities, the works aim to highlight the uncanniness of the present.
Hamaoui b.1996 (she/her) is a British-Lebanese artist and organiser, a graduate of Camberwell College of Art and a member of Gobyfish Collective, a platform for dialogue, collaboration and exchange that operates at the intersection of art and food. Maintaining a broad, multidisciplinary practice, Hamaoui aims to advance our understanding of the interrelationship between cultural identity, the object and place, as viewed from within our increasingly digitised society and tech-infused existence. Addressing the importance placed on physical remnants of the past, as well as historically Western depictions of the SWANA region in mass media and popular culture, Hamaoui explores the ways in which image and memory can distort a sense of place or belonging.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
15 – Life on Land