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Mai Al Moataz is an artist, dead rose collector, and space designer / For the past decade, she has used black and white film to produce photographs through a meticulous analog darkroom process, a deeply cathartic ritual / Her images are romantically solitary and ethereal, as they present emblems of loneliness, longing, nostalgia and femininity / With hints of isolation and speckles of imagination, she explores the subjects of her portraits as a paradox of the internal versus the external, and where they meet, using time and space to deconstruct the experiential universe/
Her work has been exhibited in a number of shows, including Vantage Point 4 at the Sharjah Art Foundation in (2016), Food is Culture at the Bahrain National Museum (2017), Tadafuq / Flow as a part of 21,39 Jeddah Art Week (2017), Sikka Art Fair (2017), Do You Trust Me? a collaboration between the Goethe Institute and Bahrain's Bin Mattar House (2017), Femmes: Par Des Artistes Femmes Bahreinies at the Unesco in Paris (2017), the Bahrain Fine Arts Annual Show (2018), Mnwr with Hafez Gallery as a part of 21,39 Jeddah Art Week (2018), and with Hafez Gallery for Galleries Week at Warehouse 421 in Abu Dhabi (2018)/
2018 Selection of Prints, The Print Swap, Roots, NYC, USA
2018 Stop + Smell the Roses, Abu Dhabi Art Edition, Tribe Magazine
2018 Stop + Smell the Roses, Hafez Gallery, Abu Dhabi Art, UAE
2018 Proof of Presence, Tribe Magazine, Washington DC
2018 Precursor to my roses, Albareh Contemporary, Bahrain
2018 Stop + Smell the Roses, Brut, Prague, Czech Republic
2018 KAHLIL GIBRAN: A Guide For Our Times, Janet Rady Fine Art, London, UK
2018 My Dead Roses, Alriwaq Gallery, Bahrain
2018 ArtBab, Bahrain
2018 All these windows and no air to breathe, Hafez Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2018 My Dead roses, MNWR, Hafez Gallery, Jeddah, KSA
2018 White Rose, 44th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Bahrain
2018 IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET | Khalil Gibran: A Guide For Our Times, Janet Rady Fine Art, Manama, Bahrain
2017 NINE: more words, Bahrain
2017 My Dead Roses, Alriwaq Gallery, Bahrain
2017 "Tadafuq / Flow" Group Exhibition, Hafez Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The light is within.
This series is an ode to the photogram, a method of printing in a darkroom without using a negative - bypassing the photographic process and essentially, playing with the Rose and her shadows. The result reminds me of an x-ray, where the light passes through her petals, inverting her shadow, encapsulating her while illuminating her petals.
This series is a metaphorical extension of the idea of the girl who is lost in the dark. Remember, the light is within. The theme is integral in my work, but here, I've taken an abstract turn with it to produce these camera less prints, using my favorite paper, producing the blackest black and the creamiest white.
White Rose II is a visual representation of forbidden lovers. The white border and the frames they each sit in separate them.
Normally, my roses are completely dry. This was the first time I incorporated them in my work without waiting for them to get crunchy. As a result, the tonality is super soft and continuous; and where the light penetrates through the petals, the shadows appears smooth.
The roses, pink, were almost dead.
You can feel their life.