Feature artist: Laura El-Tantawy

Art Feature from Australia. Published by Monash Gallery of Art on Thursday 28 January 2021.

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For our upcoming exhibition Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography, Laura El-Tantawy has reassessed two bodies of work and will present them together in one installation. Her 2016 series, In the shadow of the pyramids is a first-person reflection on childhood in Egypt that she made from the temporal standpoint of someone experiencing the Arab Spring.

Her more recent series, Beyond here is nothing is an attempt to articulate ideas of home and belonging. Together, the two series are an intense interrogation of how complex national identity and the concept of ‘home’ can be.