A group of Middlesex University MA Fine Art students have showcased a range of work including pieces dealing with hard-hitting subjects such as trauma, loss, politics, feminism and cultural displacement.
The international artists – from countries including Japan, Kurdistan and Persia – exhibited their final pieces at the show which ran from 20-23 September in the Grove, at Middlesex University. Artwork included a piece made up of 600 handmade tiles with imprinted traditional Slovak folk ornaments and a collection centred around political issues and trauma experienced by Kurdish people which used black oil, linen and coal.
Artist Kani Kamil Majid created her body of work using her own hair to symbolise the voice of Kurdish women. One of her pieces consisted of hair sewn on to a fabric used by Kurdish women. She said: “My work is themed around feminist issues and problems in Kurdish society.”
“I’ve had a fantastic year due to the great tutors who have provided us with guidance and strong direction,” added Kani.
Middlesex University professor of Fine Art Sonia Boyce said: “The MA fine Art course is defined by a diversity of international perspectives, which has laid the ground for a refreshingly open set of dialogues about the global and social nature of art practice.”
The group of students included Nanako Kawaguchi who was shortlisted to exhibit in the influential Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013.
Artist Kani Kamil Majid and her work