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Mona Saeed Kamal
Brooklyn, NY
Website: monakamal.com
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: My practice stems from my origins that are rooted in the Indian subcontinent and my migratory up bringing - born in Algeria, raised in Canada and currently residing in New York. I engage in video and installation to create multi-media narratives about migration, journeys, and identities. Through questioning religion, conflict and borders I create stories that directly confront my personal experiences and also the lives of people living in the many cultures that I lay claim to. This is done through gathering family stories, historical artefacts, reading contemporary texts and utilizing my own personal experience I continuously weave a story of migration, culture, nationalism and belonging. Within in my installations I construct structures by utilizing materials such as, bricks, plaster, wood and textiles. To complete the puzzle of my story of migration I incorporate objects that originate from the places to which I lay claim into my work. I have used grasses from Northern Ontario, sand from India and old family photographs. The materials and the process used within my work is symbolic to my ongoing attempt to identify my place of belonging. My videos are performative in which I am the main character, I am seen in the video or I am holding the camera while “performing”. These pieces focus on issues dealing with being a woman of colour in the West, nationalism and how we identify ourselves through borders.
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  • "The Women"
    2014
    Engraved Masonite, spray paint, gold powder and it is lit from behind
    This piece was inspired by the essay "The Politics of Hajj" written by Aisha Sattar. The essay is about the author's visit to Mecca. There are two points in the essay that stood out for

  • "The Women"
    2014
    Engraved Masonite, spray paint, gold powder and it is lit from behind
    This piece was inspired by the essay "The Politics of Hajj" written by Aisha Sattar. The essay is about the author's visit to Mecca. There are two points in the essay that stood out for

  • "The Women"
    2014
    Engraved Masonite, spray paint, gold powder and it is lit from behind
    This piece was inspired by the essay "The Politics of Hajj" written by Aisha Sattar. The essay is about the author's visit to Mecca. There are two points in the essay that stood out for

  • "The Women"
    2014
    Engraved Masonite, spray paint, gold powder and it is lit from behind
    This piece was inspired by the essay "The Politics of Hajj" written by Aisha Sattar. The essay is about the author's visit to Mecca. There are two points in the essay that stood out for

  • Drawing Series
    2014
    Gouache on 6" X 8" Watercolour Paper
    I wanted to reintroduce drawing into my practice. I made over 100 abstracted drawings inspired by nature. They represent tile mosaics that are commonly seen in Islamic architecture.

  • Drawing Series
    2014
    Gouache on 6" X 8" Watercolour Paper
    I wanted to reintroduce drawing into my practice. I made over 100 abstracted drawings inspired by nature. They represent tile mosaics that are commonly seen in Islamic architecture.

  • Drawing Series
    2014
    Gouache on 6" X 8" Watercolour Paper
    I wanted to reintroduce drawing into my practice. I made over 100 abstracted drawings inspired by nature. They represent tile mosaics that are commonly seen in Islamic architecture.

  • Alluring Friction
    2013
    Reclaimed wood and spray painted barbed wire
    I made a Charpoy (traditional Indian bed that is woven with rope) out of barbed wire. The Charpoy is an object that is seen in both India and Pakistan. The bed is used to focus on the shared culture b

  • Alluring Friction
    2013
    Reclaimed wood and spray painted barbed wire
    I made a Charpoy (traditional Indian bed that is woven with rope) out of barbed wire. The Charpoy is an object that is seen in both India and Pakistan. The bed is used to focus on the shared culture b

  • 1001 Prayers
    2013
    Ink and paper wrapped in silk and tied with metallic thread
    Throughout the Muslim world prayers are wrapped around fabric, tied with string and worn on the body. In Urdu these are called a taweez. I wrote 1001 individual prayers, wishes and thoughts that came

  • 1001 Prayers
    2013
    Ink and paper wrapped in silk and tied with metallic thread
    Throughout the Muslim world prayers are wrapped around fabric, tied with string and worn on the body. In Urdu these are called a taweez. I wrote 1001 individual prayers, wishes and thoughts that came

  • Reflection on Memory
    2011
    Colour digital print, Colour copies, picture frames, wooden bench and a rug
    This installation is about memory and contemplation. I am seen in the large photograph over looking a natural mountain landscape located in Lake Louise, Canada about an hour and a half drive from wher

  • Reflection on Memory
    2011
    Colour digital print, Colour copies, picture frames, wooden bench and a rug
    This installation is about memory and contemplation. I am seen in the large photograph over looking a natural mountain landscape located in Lake Louise, Canada about an hour and a half drive from wher

  • Reflection on Memory
    2011
    Colour digital print, Colour copies, picture frames, wooden bench and a rug
    This installation is about memory and contemplation. I am seen in the large photograph over looking a natural mountain landscape located in Lake Louise, Canada about an hour and a half drive from wher

  • Self Portrait
    2010
    Engraved Reclaimed Lumber

  • Self Portrait
    2010
    Engraved Reclaimed Lumber

  • Self Portrait
    2010
    engraved Reclaimed Lumber

  • Fallen Wall
    2010
    Found bricks with copies of letters written by my great Grandfather glued around each brick, found cinder blocks, rubble, and sand from India.   Approx 3 feet H X 8 Feet W X 8 Feet D
    The letters were written in the early 1950s, my great grandfather was living in India and he was writing to his son who then living in Pakistan. This work is about migration and how this leads to a lo

  • Fallen Wall (Detail)
    2010
    Found bricks with copies of letters written by my great Grandfather glued around each brick, found cinder blocks, rubble, and sand from India.
    The letters were written in the early 1950s, my great grandfather was living in India and he was writing to his son who then living in Pakistan. This work is about migration and how this leads to a lo

  • Silent Boxes
    2008
    Shellac on fabric   Large box-19”W X 14”H X 15”D, Medium box-8”W X 10”H X 14”D,
    Fabric that was once used to ship packages from India to Canada has been hardened with Shellac
 








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