For the first time, London’s most prestigious venue for Contemporary Middle Eastern Art, Lahd Gallery brings to you their latest forthcoming exhibition, of works by UK based Moroccan artist Wadia Boutaba. Born in England to Moroccan parents originally from Nador, north of Morocco, her “full of colour” paintings depict her roots and represent the diversity and uniqueness of the Moroccan culture. Although born in the UK she likes to call herself the “Moroccan Artist”, the name by which she is best known in the artistic scene.
Drawing on her childhood experiences in the UK, she seeks to represent her Moroccan roots through a cultural dialogue as she constantly faces the challenges of having two identities. Her art reflects the dichotomy of such experiences such as family holidays and childhood memories while connecting to her Moroccan roots. The colour and the freedom of her strokes show that an artist is not confined to the environment one was brought up in. She tries to live like a Moroccan, think like one, and even feel like one. Wadia believes that art can provide a bridge between people and cultures. She draws her inspiration from women and music as the former tend to be strong and is often viewed as the rock of the home. Although a professional artist, she spends her time indulging in poetry and literature.
Also in collaboration with Lahd Gallery are several designers who will represent a spectacular showcase of some of the finest traditional Moroccan pieces alongside the exhibition. This promises to be one of the most memorable evenings of this autumn. The exhibition will run until 12 December 2012.
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