Nada Shalaby was born in Cairo.
In my practice, I am concerned with the interrogation of uncontested spaces, often involving constructs of language and cultural associations that exist in the public sphere.
City of Jasmine is part of a larger body of work exploring the connection between the body and the flower in language used to refer to youth involved in recent uprisings
(phrases such as “the flowers that opened in the land of Egypt”, “youth like flowers” and “don’t cut the flowers”. The objects display a collection of jasmine flowers arranged
on vellum. Depending on the level of ambient light, shadows of the flowers may or may not be apparent to the viewer, speaking to the fragility of memory in the face of loss and despair.