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Tamara Al-Samerraei

Gyspum, Cairo (H16)

Tamara Al-Samerraei’s (b. 1977, Kuwait) paintings are often triggered by photographs from her personal archive and from the public domain.

Her compositions stand like film stills, expecting movement while remaining silent. Interested in combining central and marginal narratives within one image, events take place in and outside of the frame like a felt possibility. This body of work explores the idea of animate and inanimate objects: forms which have shifted from the practical to become an obsession and the origin of their shape becomes of little importance.

These dense forms precariously find their place within an environment when no one was looking and deceptively motionless, these forms seem to be about to undergo a mysterious transformation. Despite their ordinary appearance, these objects reveal themselves later into our imagination in a persistent imposition.