16 x 16 inch Hahnemühle Hemp print
Edition 1 of 5
In The Wandering Veil, the artist reflects on her personal experience as a Muslim woman engaged in the spiritual and intimate act of worship. This series of self-portraits considers the depth of meaning that the veil embodies; a practice symbolic of both esoteric and exoteric life. Setting the anonymous figure in primarily unrecognizable but sublime landscapes, Fatemi seeks to depict facets of existence beyond physical representation, rooted in spirituality and often sought through religion and nature. Enhanced by the ethereal imagery, the atmosphere created in the photographs exudes peace, tranquility, isolation, and spirituality. The veil creates a private space for the figure, free from the viewer’s gaze, allowing her to continue her calm consideration of the world and her place within it. The anonymity of the figure invites the viewer to project themselves within each landscape and to contemplate the spiritual aura contained therein.
Leila Fatemi is an emerging artist, curator and community arts worker based in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her work stems from her daily experiences as a visible minority and her perspective as a practicing Muslim woman artist. Fatemi aims to provide platforms and contribute alternative narratives to conversations of ethnic representation with a focus on the experience of Muslim women & women from the MENA region as well as to create a better understanding and appreciation for Islamic culture and traditions. Through her multi-media approach, she challenges the inherently colonial narratives used in Western traditions of misrepresentation of the East.
Fatemi holds an honours BFA from Ryerson University in Image Arts with a minor in Curatorial Studies. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally and has been featured in online and print media including Flash Forward and Fashion Magazine. She was the first-place recipient of the Clyde & Co. Art Award for Excellence in Visual Art.
LEILA FATEMI, Chador XXII from the series The Wandering Veil, 2018
All artwork can be picked-up at Gallery TPW from December 16 - 18, 2020. For shipping and delivery options please contact the gallery directly.