I saw Susan Hefuna’s work for the first time at the Pi Artworks Gallery (Istanbul) booth at the Armory Show in New York this year. On display was an extensive series of her drawings and sculptures that compliments her earlier work in photography and video. Her Egyptian and German roots and perpetual travel have allowed her to establish working grounds in big cities around the world, including: London, New York, Cairo and Dusseldorf.
The musharabiya is an evolving and central theme in Hefuna’s work that first appeared in her drawings in 1990. The musharabiya is a functional handcrafted architectural element, popular in Egypt, that lets in air and light while preventing disturbance and the outsider’s gaze. Her work creates an interior with similar qualities for reflection with explicit messages on identity and being integrated into the wooden screens.
More works and details at susanhefuna.com and piartworks.com