acrylic and collage on paper
Paris, Institute du Monde Arabe, Umm Kulthum, 2008
Dubai, The Third Line, Zan'it Al-Sittat, 2008
Huda Lutfi composes her work with the purpose of juxtaposing of the culture of high society found in Egypt, along with images and mottos readily available to the common man. Lutfi originally trained as a cultural historian and with her second chosen career as an artist she has found herself as one of the most popular emerging artists in Egypt. Her background as an academic is in Islamic Cultural History and she has found herself using the notions she studied in her work, choosing to focus on culture, history, identity and gender politics.
In the present work, Lutfi expresses her interest in both the city of Cairo as well as the visibility of women in Egypt's culture and society. By collecting and manipulating disparate images she then reinvents them as her personal visions of Cairo, its histories and its events. In doing so, Lutfi is commenting on the political significance of her country and lifting old feminine icons and giving them a new context with timeless zeal.
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