|04/07/19 - 14/07/19
year, OUTPUT have teamed up with Liverpool Arab Arts Festival to
platform a local artist and support them in producing a solo exhibition
of their work here at the gallery. Selected from an open call, Yasmin
Ali is an artist and curator of Somali heritage, born and raised in
Liverpool. For this exhibition she is presenting work titled THIS IS
ME. THIS IS US. THIS IS YOU. Her work focuses on the exploration and
celebration of diverse identities. She works with a variety of mediums
such as photography, poetry and film. This is Yasmin's first exhibition
with OUTPUT and Liverpool Arab Arts Festival.
یاسمین علي الجمعة 5 یولیو – الأحد 15 یولیو
صالة عرض أوتبوت ھذا العام مع مھرجان لیفربول للثقافة والفنون العربیة
لتقدیم فنانین محلیین وتشجیعھم لإنتاج معرض فردي لأعمالھم الفنیة في صالة
لقد تم إختیار یاسمین علي من دعوة مفتوحة وھي فنانة ومنظمة
معارض وتنحدر یاسمین من أصول صومالیة وقد ولدت وترعرعت في مدینة لیفربول.
ویركز عملھا على النظر في والإحتفال بالھویات المتنوعة. وتعمل یاسمین عبر
عدد من الأشكال الوسائل الفنیة مثل التصویر والشعر والفیلم. ویعتبر ھذا
المعرض أول معرض تقدمھ یاسمین مع صالة أوتبوت ومھرجان لیفربول للثقافة
|What does identity mean to you?
is who you are, how you see yourself and how you live your life. But
identity can sometimes be who the world thinks you are, how it sees you
and how it interacts with your life. Often the two things don’t align
and we’re left in a constant state of wanting to “find ourselves” and
constantly asking “who am I?” Whilst this can be overwhelming, it’s
also exciting as it means that identity can’t be defined. We can be
anything we want to be and we are capable of doing that.
What do you want this exhibition to do?
want this exhibition to be a celebration of identity. I want people to
recognise themselves in my work but also see from a different
perspective. These faces are faces that you see every day, that you
think you know, but don't really. I hope that this exhibition sparks a
discussion about accepting ourselves as we are and as we want to be. I
just hope the viewers enjoy it or at least take something from it when
they leave the gallery.
What is Halcyon?
is an ongoing project that I started about two years ago. It is a
platform for the diverse voices and experiences of Muslim women. It is
a space where they can unapologetically be themselves, express their
views and share their work without judgement or pressure to present in
a certain way. It's also a community, created through offline events
and social media engagement. You can learn more at www.halcyonmaguk.com