Mermaids of Jeddah
Artist photographer Amira Nazer, grew up in Jeddah and currently resides in New York.
This dual experience infiltrates parts of her work. Her photography delves into several notions that contrast yet compliment each other in Nazer’s art. From tradition and modernity, memories and escapism, freedom and constraints, to fragility and strength, these dualities seep into her beautifully captured and enchanting images.
Nazer’s eye frames with subtlety and allure her observations. Whether objects, an interior, a person, a moment or a landscape, depictions move beyond what is being portrayed, and into uncovering the layers of thoughts or social issues that embody her engaging visuals. Amira Nazer’s beautiful and ethereal photography draws you in, releasing and capturing emotions that unravel themselves through the shadows and the light, the movement and the stillness.
In Mermaids of Jeddah, the series looks at certain pressures Jeddawi women may feel in their lives to conform with some elements in society. That tension is released by the sea, feeling protected by the water, women like mermaids, feel free from the human gaze and society’s impositions, yet may sense constraints by their bodies restricted in movement, nevertheless moving and shaping the space.
They bathe and unravel their emotions, soothed and welcomed by nature as they are or want to be. These ethereal and delicate yet strong images release and express emotions and notions.
This project is in collaboration with Latifa Bint Saad, who styled the women in beautiful fabric that capture the notion of their modernity and tradition, sensitive to the light and landscape and feed the visual with delicacy, elegance and dream like elements.
The images in this series transcend time and space, gathering women in solidarity with the beauty of their strenght that they resonate.
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For more of Amira Nazer's work: @mira.a.mira
For more of Latifa Bint Saad: @thelatifabintsaad