Artist Aidha Badr’s new solo exhibition, When I Desire You A Part Of Me Is Gone, is now held at Hunna Art Gallery. The title of the exhibition comes from a book by Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet. The artist explores female desire with the use of memory as a medium, studying theories of attachment, and telling a complex story of love and attachment.
In her art, Aidha Badr analyses how a mother and her representations play a big role in a girl’s childhood and the early stages of her development. Moreover, an attachment to places and the objects that shape them is studied in a number of the artist’s works. For example, by painting significant objects – the drying laundry, the coffee pot and other things, Aidha Badr recreates the figure of her much loved grandfather trying to cope with the grief of his absence.
In Aidha Badr’s art, love and attachment are linked. The stronger the love, the stronger the fear of losing the loved ones. The state of grief is seen in Grief Is Love With Nowhere To Go (2022). Here, she portrayed herself seated on the checkered tiles, surrounded by objects that embody her attachment to the time in her childhood, a time she bids farewell while accepting her grief with open arms.
Aidha Badr received a BFA from Binghamton University, New York, and is now pursuing a MFA at Girne American University in Cyprus. In 2017, she was awarded the Novogrodsky Memorial Award for Artistic Pursuits, New York. Her art has been exhibited in solo exhibitions and she has participated in different group shows.
To get more information, please visit the official webpage of the exhibition.
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